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FAREWELL LISBON AND THE LOVELY PESTANA PALACE

James Andrew dressed for dinner at Pestana Palace.

James Andrew dressed for dinner at Pestana Palace.

Our last day in Lisbon was spent taking in a few more sites, catching up with a few friends in Lisbon and lounging about at the spectacular Pestana Palace. As we’ve mentioned, the accommodations and the staff there are absolutely top notch, it’s no wonder that Pestana Palace continues to be the hotel of choice for rock stars and royalty alike!

One never gets to see all that one wants to when visiting a new city. One really must resist the urge to even try! We support a leisurely pace, taking in the beauty of each moment, and making lasting memories.

Though a bit off the radar, we highly suggest taking a stroll through the Jardim Botanico Tropical. More aboretum than flower garden, parts of the garden seem to pay tribute to some of Portugal’s many historic conquests including Macau and Africa.

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Jardim Botanico Tropical

Jardim Botanico Tropical

The lovely Jardim da Estrela with its marvelous music pavilion is also a must.

Jardim da Estrela

Jardim da Estrela

Don’t miss the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, which has the very best of the best art and decorative art. It’s a magnificent masterpieces. We also suggest the Museu Nacional do Azulejo which houses an extraordinary monumental mural depicting Lisbon before the devastating 1775 earthquake.

We cannot wait to return to Lisbon and the Pestana Palace — there is so much more to do and see!

For our farewell Lisbon dinner, we were treated to an eight course tasting menu paired with the most divine wines at the Pestana Palace’s Valle Flor restaurant! Dressed for dinner (top) I’m wearing a Tom Ford black, ivory and claret checked wool/cashmere suit, black and white windowpane plaid cotton shirt, black and white silk pocket square and black and saddle leather loafers, Charvet black and ivory striped silk tie, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, vintage Rolex, Creed Windsor fragrance, and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel to provide a healthy glow.

Next Stop: Porto!

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DRESS CODE PLEASE

James Andrew at the Met

James Andrew at the Met

Last night we were beyond thrilled to attend the opening night gala at the Metropolitan Opera House – the most sublime way to commence the Autumn season.

Scott McBee and I enjoyed a magnificent performance of Verdi’s Otello — the marvelous union of music and tragedy drawn from Shakespeare’s powerful cautionary tale of the distructive powers of jealousy. As expected, the performance and stage sets were spectacular – simply a not-to-be missed night at the opera!

Opening night at the Met

The Metropolitan Opera House

Thankfully most people did indeed dress up to celebrate this very special evening, however there were a few of the shorts and jeans type – pretty outrageous I think. I do wish the Met would require some level of decorum amongst its guests – at least for an opening night gala! When one considers how much effort goes into these productions, the least we can do is dress in a way that honors and celebrates this mutually shared aesthetic experience. Of course, my rant extends beyond the opera to the theatre, ballet, and fine restaurants as well. Enough said on this for now.

Opening night at the MET

Opening night at the Met

To celebrate this magical evening, I’m dressed (top) in a Tom Ford era black silk moire dinner jacket, Tom Ford wool tuxedo pants, dusty mauve cotton voile tuxedo shirt, silk pocket square in purple and lavender silk and patent leather opera pumps, Charvet mauve silk bow tie, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, and my fragrance is Creed Millesime Imperial.

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A NIGHT AT THE MET

James Andrew at the MET

James Andrew at the MET

Summer nights in town are the perfect time to explore museums and catch up on exhibitions — and happily many museums here have evening hours on Fridays, making them the most perfectly pleasant escape from the heat of the day. My beloved artist, Scott McBee, and I recently decided to go to the exceptional John Singer Sargent exhibit at the MET, Portraits of Artists and Friends.

John Singer Sargent at the METJohn Singer Sargent at the MET

John Singer Sargent at the MET

John Singer Sargent at the MET

John Singer Sargent at the MET

Sargent certainly does enthrall with his wildly confident stroke, his relaxed compositions, and all of those delicious details rendered in glorious, velvety globs of paint. As the title of the show suggests, we’re given a pretty comprehensive glimpse of his personal stuff, which, away from the pressures of his commissioned work — “no more mugs” he once said of his hired portrait work — shows us a series of sumptuously energetic and honest pieces. The collection, in a way, is the true Sargent — an artist who continually experimented while celebrating the visual world and the creative bunch that he called friends. Among the many really beautiful works I hadn’t had the opportunity to see in person until now, I was particularly thrilled to see Sargent’s portrait of his lifelong friend (and notable aesthete), Dr, Pozzi — definitely my favorite of all of Sargent’s works. McBee and I hit Mr. Chow for a bite afterwards, which was a fine choice — an elegant place amongst the glitterati to savor our thoroughly satisfying evening of fine art.

Dr. Pozzi -- John Singer Sargent at the MET

Dr. Pozzi — John Singer Sargent at the MET

Dressed for a night at the MET, I’m sporting a Tom Ford red cotton jacket and white cotton shirt with French cuffs, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, Cassette citron yellow jeans, Ralph Lauren red crocodile belt with sterling buckle and needlepoint slippers, Charvet yellow and white retro print silk pocket square, Creed Pure White Cologne and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel to add that sun-kissed glow.

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