Changing of the Guard ceremony, Lisbon

I arrived in Belém one Sunday morning, curious as to why the roads had been blocked off and crowds were lining the pavement opposite the pink walls of Belém Palace. As I got closer, the navy uniforms of the brass band and the showier costumes of the stern-faced national guardsRead More →

Lounge, Pensão Amor, Lisbon

  There are two entrances to Pensão Amor  in Lisbon’s revamped Cais do Sodré. One of them leads directly into a parlour stuffed with upholstered chairs, mirrors, lamps, and pictures and sculptures of naked women. Scattered around the room as if tossed aside are feather boas and sequinned bras. The ceilingRead More →

sexiest toilet paper poster

Calling coloured toilet paper sexy has to be the daftest idea I’ve come across in a long while but the silliness doesn’t end there. As an inspired marketing gimmick, the manufacturers, Renova, have opened up “The sexiest WC on Earth” in Lisbon’s Praça do Comércio. Intriguing, but can a toiletRead More →

Pavilhão Chinês in Lisbon is one of my favourite bars to take visitors to because every surface is crammed with collections; over four thousand pieces in total. You could spend hours just looking at all the oddities so it’s a good job they have an extensive collection of cocktails and exoticRead More →