We arrived at the Sheraton Hotel Lisbon where we would be staying 2 nights. Our room was lovely and we had views out over Lisbon and the hotel pool directly below.
In the distance you could see what looked like through the clouds a cross upon a tower.
This was actually the Figure of Christ with arms outstretched over the City of Lisbon. Resembles the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. When we left Lisbon two days later we went past and you could actually see it properly.
We would be going out for dinner and a show in Lisbon, a Fado performance. Honestly until we arrived at the club and saw the show I had not heard of Fado before.
What is Fado you ask?
- Fado comes from the latin word Fatum, which the english word fate also comes from
- Fado was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage on November 27, 2011.
- There are two types of Fado, one found in Lisbon, one in Coimbra. The style heard in Lisbon is the most popular, while in Coimbra, it is a more classic style.
- If you’re in Coimbra and enjoying a Fado performance, cough as though you are clearing your throat. But if you’re in Lisbon, clap your hands.
- Fado, a type of Portuguese singing, traditionally associated with pubs and cafés, that is renowned for its expressive and profoundly melancholic character.
Our group had two tables and by chance right in front of where they perform. Our meal began with wine of course and plates of olives and sausages and bread. I was given gluten free bread.
We were all given bowls of soup. Mine had a fish aroma so I left it. Didn’t want to take the risk.
The lights changed to a red glow and the musicians and singer came out to perform.
I was enthralled by the sorrowful melody and her voice was amazing.
Lights came back on and the next course was quickly placed in front of us. Those of us with fish allergies were given plates with what looked like steak chips and beans. (on closer inspection it was but it had been boiled and then grilled. I think thats how they like their steak as this was how it was served wherever we ate) Everyone else was given a plate of fish with some rice that looked like rissoto.
The lights again changed to red and this time a different singer came out. The songs sounded so sad yet again I was enthralled by it. Please excuse the coughing in the background.
Then all to soon the lights came back on and it was time to head back to the hotel. It had been a lovely night and something I would recommend if you head to Portugal.
The next day we would be spending a whole day visiting tourist landmarks in Lisbon and heading to Sintra and also the National Palace.