Cascais – a pearl not far from Lisbon

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Cascais is located 20 minutes from Lisbon, an ever-expanding dynamic and enchanting city, and 20 minutes further on is Sintra, with a magical mountain landscape dusted with castles and palaces listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is a 30 km long coast, which is adorned by wild wild to urban living beaches.

Cascais has the charm of ancient times when it was the summer destination of the Portuguese royal family.

A walk through the streets of Cascais is a journey through the history of kings and the spies of the second half of the twentieth century.

Art and culture are present in various places of Cascais, but especially in the museum district with 16 sights.

Fresh fish and seafood are writ large here and lead back to the traditional fishing families who still fish today as they used to, this quality and freshness can be found everywhere in the restaurants of the village.

If you have been to Portugal and miss the beautiful fresh fish you can order holiday memories with us. Our fish collection, a playful collection in summery colors and fine earthenware work, the plates and serving plates quench the hunger and wanderlust to Portugal and possibly fresh fish (salmon) at first.

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Saudade can not really translate – Saudade is a specific Portuguese or lusophone form of world pain. For generations, the Portuguese have been proud of their “personal word” that only they know. It can almost be translated as a concept: the Saudade can only be compared to “sadness”, “melancholy”, “yearning”, “wanderlust” or “gentle melancholy”. A universal feeling that we may all have felt before: the feeling of melancholy, the felt hole in the heart, that creeps us in the yearning for a human or a loved one. The word stands for the nostalgic feeling of having lost something beloved, and often expresses the misfortune and oppressed knowledge of never being able to satisfy the longing for the lost, as it will probably not return.

Although the word derives from the Latin solitudo, it does not just mean “loneliness”, because solidão and soledade have developed from the same root word. Saudade is also not a negatively rated mood, but is in the Fado, the Portuguese chanson, longed for.

For generations, the Portuguese have been proud of their “personal word” that only they know. As one of the most famous quatrains Fernando Pessoas says:

Saudades, só portugueses
Conseguem senti-las bem.

Porque têm essa palavra

para dizer que as têm.

Saudades – only Portuguese
can know this feeling.

Because only they have that word,

to really call it by name.

In 2007, a German jury, commissioned by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V., Berlin, ranked Saudade sixth among the ten most beautiful words in the world.

A UK survey of linguists and interpreters also ranked Saudade among the top ten list of “untranslatable words in the world.”

Brazilian guitarist and vocalist João Gilberto released “Chega de Saudade” in 1958, written by Antônio Carlos Jobim (music) and Vinícius de Moraes (lyrics), considered the first Bossa Nova song.

With our collection and selection we only want to present you the beautiful one from Portugal: to make you feel Saudade as we feel it when we think about our home, impressions, tastes and fragrances. Be it a nice plate, the scent of a nice soap that you might have smelled on vacation or something that directly connects to Portugal … or you just want to make Portugal … oh, it’s enough, I already have tanta saudade ,

In our online shop you can quench the Saudade a bit, e.g. with the beautiful tea towel Azulejos (tile) as she always had the Vovó (grandma). For you only the beautiful from Portugal see you soon.„schonsten-wortern-der-welt“/

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Os Azulejos portugueses – The Portuguese tile

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The Azulejos were brought by the Moors to Spain, but were first known by the Portuguese king Rei Manuel I in Portugal.

Rei Manuel I wanted to equip his palace completely with Azulejos, since the Azulejos were not yet produced in Portugal, he ordered some from Spain. The Portuguese were so enthusiastic about the beautiful wall decoration that the Azulejos were then also made in Portugal. They have become very popular and have become an important feature of Portugal.

Lisbon is the Mecca for Azulejos, you can see and find them everywhere. In restaurants, bars, on house facades, squares and park benches. They decorate the buildings artistically and are everywhere real highlights.

There is even an Azulejos Museum, where you can see some special works of art and learn all about the history of the Azulejos.

The name Azulejos derives from Arabic and means tiling.

The founder S. Hartmann of Branco Azul was inspired by the patterns of the azulejos and has produced a small ceramic collection for her shops in Frankfurt and Lisbon.

Plates, cups, bowls and some azulejos intended as a coaster or as a souvenir.

The collection is decorated in trendy colors and reinterprets traditional patterns.

The ceramic collection is available in our shop in Frankfurt and for several months in our shop in Lisbon.

And soon in our online shop!

Ate logo / See you soon

Source: Meco, José: O Azulejo in Portugal, Alfa, Lisbon, 1988

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