We invite you to know Lisbon by the book Night train to Lisbon. We follow the steps of Gregorius in Lisbon, from Bairro Alto where we discover the “blue house” and the old second-hand bookstores; the Downtown with Augusta Street and the O’Kelly pharmacy, to the old quarter Alfama where we will find the doctor’s office.
The Lusiads is our roadbook to discover Belém district, the site from where Vasco da Gama sailed off: The Belém Monastery, built in 1502, The Belém Tower and the Monument to Discoveries. This tour includes the visit of the Church of the Jerónimos Monastery.
Fernando Pessoa is the most important portuguese poet of the 20th Century. Born in 1888 in Lisbon, Pessoa published only one book A Mensagem during his lifetime and most of his work was published after his death in 1935. Writing under 200 different heteronyms, Pessoa is still one of the most intriguing poets of contemporary world literature….
José Saramago weaves the early 18th century Portugal almost like a fairy tale where a King, a one-harm soldier, a witch, a flying priest merge into a magical story. We may not recognize the Lisbon where Baltasar arrives. But through the guidance of Saramago’s novel, we will have a glimpse of the atmosphere of the bustling city….