Lisbon and the Tagus River
Start of the tour
Hi, my name is Maria Rebelo. I am a photographer and I am here to show you some of the most beautiful views of my favorite city, Lisbon. You should be standing next to A Brazileira, a famous café in Chiado. You'll see the name written on the archway behind the tables and umbrellas.
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This tour is about the relationship between Lisbon and the Tagus river. Sophia de Mello Breyner, one of our greatest writers, wrote a poem about Lisbon that reads:
Here and there in Lisbon
In a hurry or distracted
We turn a corner and see the iridescent Tagus
And, suddenly, our body and soul have wings
On this tour, there'll be many times when you'll turn a corner, and the Tagus river will appear. I hope that, like the poet, you’ll feel the magic of those moments.
Before we get going, have another look at A Brazileira. An entrepreneur called Adriano Telles opened this establishment in 1905 to sell coffee from Brazil. The idea caught on and A Brazileira became one of the most fashionable places in Lisbon. In the 1920s, painters and writers used to gather here to talk about art and politics.
At the door of the coffee shop you can see the statue of Fernando Pessoa, a poet who often came to Brazileira to write.
You might want to step inside for an espresso before we move on. If you want to order in Portuguese just say “a bica por favor.” “Bica" means espresso and “por favor” means please.
This is how we'll start when you're ready. With A Brazileira on your left, walk straight ahead on Rua Garrett, towards the church. VoiceMap uses GPS to pinpoint your location, so you can now put your phone away and listen to me for directions. If there's silence now and then, just keep walking until I say otherwise.