The real spirit of a town can be often heard and felt in its typical music. The acoustic sentiment of Lisboa is the Fado music which you will find in a lot of restaurants each evening somewhere at the old town named Alfama. The name Alfama most probably has its origin in the Arabic word  الحامة (al-hamma) which is meaning bath or fountain. During the time of the Moorish seizure of the Iberian countries the Alfama comprised the whole ancient town which lateron grew to the contemporary Baixa.

The influence of the former Moorish residents is still vivid in architecture or typical Portuguese floral ceramics but also in the Fado music while the gloomy and sentimental sound is reminding me really to the melancholic desert music of the Sahara nomades at the Maghreb. Today people quite often only speak about things which separate us from each other, but our European culture was on a large scale influenced also by the Arabic world which saved for example the heritage of Greek philosophy, even our figures 1-2-3 are Arabic while the Arabs use nowadays the Indian ones in daily life, quite strange at all.

So in case you visit Lisboa sometime in your life, do not miss a Fado life performance at night because otherwise you have not really been there.











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  1. Thank you so much, Ulli. I was just in Lisbon, and a few other cities in Portugal. It’s quite an interesting country… in fact, the essence of the area seems like music to me.

    I hope you are well, and that you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie, interesting coincidence that you have also been to Portugal most recently! We have been just some days in Lisbon and a week at Luz exploring the Western Algarve between Sagres and Portimao It was a real nice trip because we really deserved some more sun after a real rainy summer here in Germany. Now we are definitely approaching Midwinter with great steps.. Best wishes from Berlin @ Ulli

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      1. Wow, Ulli!! I love that! 🙂 We were in the same country. Yes, the weather was beautiful, wasn’t it?

        Sending you many blessings, and stay warm Ulli. And thanks for the wishes, I really felt them. 🙂 Debbie

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      2. The weather was unusually hot, so on our first day we had to go in the afternoon to a nice park at Lisbon for cooling down, the subtropical scenery and blossoming trees at Jardim del Estrela really impressive for October.

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    1. At Lisbon we had a hotel at Alfama, from our room in the 1st floor just one small step to jump on tram line 28 creeping through the real narrow street all day, fortunately not in the night so we slept quite well. Quite crazy experience We have to return in the near future!

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  2. Wonderful, Ulli. You have so captured the essence of Portugal here, with your description of the melancholic Fado, as well as the Arabic influence through architecture, the decorative tiles, the numbers and philosophy. Thanks for sharing this link. I’ll add it to my next prose post on June 12. 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind comments and appreciation. In fact we really enjoyed very much our 10-days-trip to Portugal in last October. so we only had time for Lisboa and the Western part of the Algarve, the Eastern part reserved for a next visit. Tavira looks also very nice. and I will keep your hint on the Fado museum in my mind. Best wishes from Berlin @ Ulli

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