As I promised on facebook, here’s a little recap of typically Portuguese things I bought since I’ve been in Lisbon.
A tote bag, with the typical portuguese fish print. They had them with different prints, but this one represents Lisbon: the fish on the left is the sea, the one on the right is the land, on the fish in the middle you see from bottom to top: the rio Tejo, praça do commercio, alfama and castello Sao Jorge. The little box is an old pill box found on feira da ladra, with some basic sowing material inside. The cardboard box contains soap and was part of a present for a friend who was visiting me in Porto. (You’ll get to see photos of that once I’m done with catching up on posts about Lisbon!) The book is called ‘little stories without importance’ and was found in the bookshop at LX factory. It contains several short stories that are perfect to practice my portuguese.
I bought a crumpled city map of Lisbon, which has been one of the best investments I’ve made since I’m here. The free tourist maps here are pretty bad and I would always get lost with them. But since I’ve bought this one, I always find my way! In contrast to other maps, all the street names are on here, which is pretty useful if some parts of the city resemble a labyrinth! The book about Alice in Wonderland was found in Livraria Lello in Porto, one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal, which seems to come straight out of a Harry Potter movie. I bought this book for me (au pays des merveilles means in wonderland) and The Great Gatsby for my sister who recently started studying English at university. They are really luxurious with a red linen cover underneath the paper cover and gilt edges. The stone once belonged to a typical Lisbon sidewalk… Not anymore!
This pretty bottle of port was a gift for my parents and aunt. I am no expert on port, so I went to a specialized store, asked them for advice and then just picked the one with the best design within my budget. Obviously I couldn’t resist the tag that reminded of Alice in Wonderland, so I picked this one!
These items are not really portuguese, but from a Japanese store that I discovered here: Muji. They sell paper ware, some furniture, toys, basic clothing, beauty items and everything is in grey, white, natural wood or cardboard. The store reminds me a little bit of hema, but more grown-up. Definitely worth checking out if you get the chance!