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Psychogeography Portrait ... 21 ... Around Praça das Flores  
  Around Placa das Flores, Lisbon, psychogeography  
             
  This is our favourite
Lisbon neighbourhood
  We are starting this walkaround from the Bairro Alto [meaning higher ground] area of Lisbon. This is our 5th visit to Lisbon over long period and this is our favourite neighbourhood.

Travessa da Peixeira is meaning Fish Lane, why this is called this way is not clear, no ocean or pond of any kind around, where we stayed, see photos above, is not more than 5 minutes on foot from the space on the map bellow, with Praça das Flores [Flower Square] in the middle and Largo Agosthino da Silva connected to this space little to the north. Our walk is a dotted line and significant spots mentioned letter in the text are all those circles.

     
             
  Around Placa das Flores, Lisbon, Map  
           
    "This romantic little square, with its small garden, has always been one of the city’s quietest corners but is now also one of its trendiest. It remains as calm as ever, with benches surrounding a small fountain shaded by trees, but now also has several spots for eating and drinking. The first one you see is an old kiosk, now restored, but there are also small cafe terraces, and several other eateries down Rua Nova da Piedade towards São Bento Palace."

Previous quote is perfectly reflecting our opinion about this place, it is taken from web site "lisbonlux.com" for all things Lisbon.

  This square has always
been one of the city’s
quietest corners but is now also one of its trendiest
 
             
  Around Placa das Flores, Lisbon  
             
  That means whenever
sun was up as being
from Canada we are
missing it so much
  Every morning we were here having breakfast in one of the coffee places on the square or if the weather was cooperating in the park itself. That means whenever sun was up as being from Canada we are missing it so much.

There are so many places located here that we can recommend:
• Quiosque do Refresco – A century old kiosk serving Lisbon's traditional refreshments.
• Restaurante In Bocca al Lupo – Thin-crust organic pizzas.
• Tease – Cupcakes and light meals
• Copenhagen – For coffee lovers.

Along the way, depending which path you selected, you will pass The Parliament building or just small secluded public spaces with plenty of sitting available if you get tired by climbing up and down Lisbon Hills.

     
             
  Around Placa das Flores, Lisbon  
             
      Numerous small very intimate public spaces are everywhere in this residential area of Bairro Alto, some of them much more secluded. It is very well showing us how easy it is to make community pedestrian and neghbourhood friendly.

This area is urbanized since 17th century and it is obviously planned. It is used exclusively by local residents, or just occasionally as a pedestrian shortcut to the nearby bus stop or stores. It still has all the necessary elements of the cleverly designed public space in a part of the town that is becoming very popular with young generation.

Traces of the care of the community, in now now very trendy part of the city of Lisbon, are visible everywhere.

  This area is urbanized
since 17th century
 
             
  Around Placa das Flores, Lisbon
 
             
  Residential buildings
are nicely restored,
some with traditional
azulejos
  Residential buildings are nicely restored, some with traditional azulejos, around the square and there were couple of stores, like pharmacy, supermarket, and pescharia [fish store]. Square is in hilly area with narrow streets, but it is still served with public transportation, van like bus connecting it to the larger streets.

Park area in the middle of Praça das Flores is so enjoyed by locals and that is visible everywhere. First day after arrival, not only that we adopted placa as "ours", but we are instantly accepted as neighbours.

     
             
  Around Placa das Flores, Lisbon
 
             
      This stroll happened around the time when we were expecting our granddaughter to arrive in Lisbon, notice the photo above left. Observing the Frida Kahlo portrait in our favourite lunch place, very similar to the photo we had on our phone, was important contribution to the favourable impression.      
             
  Around Placa de Flores, Lisbon  
             
      Lisbon has a very long history of kiosks [Quiosque do Refresco] dating back to the 1800s. In 2009 first restored ones started appearing all over the city. They have been restored to serve the city’s classic refreshments. Those include orchata (with almonds), mazagran (made with coffee) and capilé(with spleenwort), in addition to the good old lemonade and Port wine. They may accompany soups and traditional snacks, to be enjoyed in the open air at any time of the day, even as a midnight snack or a late-night drink. on Placa

Version of our favourite one at Praça das Flores is the smallest version but still with wide variety of options.

  Lisbon has a very
long history of
Quiosque do Refresco
dating back to the 1800s
 
             
  Around Placa de Flores, Lisbon  
             
  Locals liking even
more solitude are finding
their place here
  Largo Agosthino da Silva is another surprise here. It is presented to you on photos bellow. Locals liking even more solitude are finding theirs place on this connected little square.

Whole area is rapidly becoming very trendy among young Lisbonians, in the evening after working hours it is quite hard to find a place in any of popular restaurants without the reservation.

     
             
  Around Placa de Flores, Lisbon  
             
      Two rows of the photos bellow are what Lisbon is actually all about, traditional azulejos!

Of course I am joking, Lisbon is way more that just tiles however nice they are after being perfected over centuries of practice. Lisbon is Europe’s second oldest capital [after Athens]. One of most soulful, captivating and picturesque cities, built on the seven hills with scenic vistas from every angle, a charming time warp with vintage trams and medieval village-like neighbourhoods. Lively but serene and melancholic place with appetite for long dinners, coffee breaks and nightlife with famous Fado music.

     
             
  Around Placa de Flores, Lisbon  
             
      We are obviously very fond of Lisbon and Portugal, so hundreds of photos that we took on this last visit ended up on this website in various forms:
People in Portugal Gallery; Lisbon Vistas and Sights Gallery;
Streets of Lisbon Gallery; Public Spaces, Portugal: Gallery;
Azulejos Lisbon Gallery: City of Lisbon Gallery, 30 photos:
Praça das Flores Virtual Reality panorama;
Travessa de Piedade [meaning piety Virtual Reality panorama: []

If you are still not convinced what to expect here, I am strongly suggesting a visit Lisbon one of the friendliest cities in Europe.

For the conclusion nice touch in the middle of the park, little sign with drawing and a poem: "nao deixe no chão o coco do seu cao" [don't leave in the soil "coconut" of your dog], some talented kid's illustration, making it even more precious, photo in the middle bellow.

     
             
  Around Placa de Flores, Lisbon  
             
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