Lisboa and why
I love Lisbon and Portuguese People
Lisboa (Lisbon) is how the
Portuguese call their capital. The name alone sounds soft and melodic.
Approach this city in the early evening via the long
bridge, which crosses the river Tejo (Tagus)...
Marvel at the deep blue waters below. See
countless white buildings
which are lit up by late afternoon lights.
The houses are spread out
over several, prominent, green hillls. Those mounts seem to crown the
You will fall
in love it all.
No wonder, Ulisses
founded a great town in this location, milleniums
Over time, history blessed Lisboa with am amazing population.
architecture of all kinds sprang up. Its most captivating
may be its Manuelino
style with water spitting, sculptured
Also, exotic snakes, ocean monsters and small leaved
plants are carved in stone in this fashion.
The latter reminds far away discoveries
by the Portuguese explorers.
They left traces of Indian, African, Malay and South American cultures
which adorn Lisbon buildings of merit and often great size.
Indeed, the Portuguese people were also formed by their seafaring urge
In fact, it is the ocean
which plays the biggest part in
Portuguese personalities. Many are deeply religious for many reasons.
barco negro' (the black boat) are symbolic for the fragile
fisherman life. But not only the sea has claimed many husbands,
brothers or lovers of a Lisbon girl or woman. Sometimes, the earth
shakes in this former Greek metropolis.
melancholy called Saudade
marks the soles of Portugal's capital. However, the word
for love of adventure, music and all kinds of art.
Lisboa like to live a full life. Their cuisine where Port
wine may play
a part is often rather sophisticated.
Lisbon residents don't only love
socializing on its varied, inviting
beaches, in flower filled parks, in the town's many cafés
and alluring and charming or impressive
restaurants. They will even entertain a person, whom they
know only little, in their homes.
When I lived in my beloved Lisboa as a student, humble fishermen
invited a whole group of us to share their freshly grilled sardines by
the shore of the sea. Portuguese
hospitality has few rivals.
the best goat cheese
not far from the city of the Tejo in a rough
country called Serra da
Estrela/Star mountain). A poor elderly relative of a
Portuguese friend invited us at the time to spend a night in her home.
best Christmas ever happened by chance in the old Lisbon
There, lovely owners of a small inn opened its doors for us. They could
just have sent us away.
Everything else seemed to be closed on this
holy day's eve. Instead, they
spoiled us with their own food and
wine, while the son played the guitar for us. Never, would
they have taken a cent for it all.
Chances for au pair students to find loving host families in and around
Lisboa are very promising, indeed.
Again, the main reason for it are
the hospitality and big hearts of Lisbon people.