Viva Portugal! Part II

Posted by Deirdra Jones on

In mid-September, Jones of Boerum Hill traveled from Brooklyn to Portugal and met with the factories that are producing apparel for us. After staying in Porto for four days going over apron and workwear production, we hopped a train south to Lisbon for some sightseeing and relaxation. First stop, two days in the beautiful seaside resort town of Cascais. 

Praia da Rainha

Cascais lies about a 30 minute car journey from Lisbon. The former fishing village sits on the Estoril Coast, aka "The Portuguese Riveria". Lisbonites and tourists alike flock to Cascais for great beaches and wonderful food.

Fresh local burrata at Taberna Clandestina, Cascais

Casa Vela Guesthouse, Cascais

 After a quick bit of sun and swim, we headed into Lisbon for two days of exploring. Lisbon is visually stunning, and we managed to get lots of great inspiration for new apron and uniform ideas.

Lisbon cityscape

The Alfama neighborhood, Lisbon

Iestyn made a point to stop by for a cut at Figaro's Barbershop, a 1950's vintage american themed hair salon in the Cais do Sodre district of Lisbon. David Beckham declared Figaro's to be "possibly the best barber shop ever" when he visited earlier this year. Figaro's has a distinctly hipster vibe, so Iestyn felt right at home as a Brooklynite. 

Lisbon is even hillier than Porto, there are seven hills in the city, in fact. Residents use hidden elevators and furniculars to avoid the hike.

A furnicular, Lisbon

At the top of one of the hills is the lovely and trendy neighborhood of Principe Real. Here we stopped for a glass of local wine and a bite to eat.

A Cevicheria, Lisbon

Anyone that visits Portugal cannot leave without trying a Pastel de Nata, which is a sweet egg custard that Lisbon is known for. I think we ate about a hundred of these little guys.

Pastel de Nata

Lisbon is a vibrant and friendly city, with lots to see. We had only a short visit there, but we really loved it. We were sad to go, but looking forward to coming back to NYC and launching the Jones of Boerum Hill uniform and work apparel lines!

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