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TREILLAGE FOR BREAKFAST AT PESTANA PALACE

James Andrew at the Pestana Palace hotel treillage dining room.

James Andrew at the Pestana Palace hotel treillage dining room.

I could not imagine a more sublime way to begin the day (after a blissful nights rest) than by having breakfast in the tremendous treillage dining room at the magnificent Pestana Palace. It provides the perfect launching ground for any Lisbon itinerary, and the extremely capable Palace concierge will make it all happen — logistics, reservations for lunch and dinner, etc.,..all arranged to perfection.

Get a copy of the Portugal Eyewitness Travel Guide for excellent detailed city break-downs for your excursions. There is so much to see in Lisbon and you simply won’t have time to see everything, so pick your destination and above all, don’t rush! It’s a holiday after all!

We always organize our day by making certain to find the loveliest dining experiences — Gambrinus is not to be missed. It’s one of those old guard establishments that has not changed much in its 78 years of serving up superb traditional Portuguese cuisine. Nearby you will find the ravishing ruins of Igreja do Cormo, the monumental Praca Dom Pedro IV and as you continue to stroll, the Praca do Comercio and much much more! For dinner – we can’t stop ranting about Bistro 100 Maneiras which is redefining haute cuisine in Portugal. It is a must!

Igreja do Carmo

Igreja do Carmo

Praca Dom Pedro IV

Praca Dom Pedro IV

Praca do Comercio

Praca do Comercio

(Top) I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci biker jacket in white, black and saddle leather, Tom Ford grey corduroy pants and gray and charcoal checked shirt, Ralph Lauren black and white silk polka dot silk scarf and black alligator belt with sterling buckle, Tom Ford era Gucci black suede loafers, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel and Tom Ford London is my fragrance.

HOTEL PESTANA PALACE LISBON AND QUELUZ

James Andrew, Queluz

James Andrew, Queluz

We are just back from our journey Portugaise. As you’ll see over the next several installments of WIJW, it was everything we thought it would be…and much much more!

We structured this trip around the great houses and palaces of Portugal while staying in hotels that were, you guessed it, former palaces. Needless to say, there was endless inspiration to be had in Portugal, and I am sure by the end of this little WIJW series you yourself will be sorting a journey there. Certainly Portugal as a destination has been a bit unsung, but I’m guessing like all good things that this will all change in the not too distant future. With the loveliest people, sublime cuisine and the most beautiful homes, palaces and other sites to discover, I suggest that you start packing now!

After extensive research, we decided that for the Lisbon leg of our trip the Pestana Palace was the most perfect choice. Built in 1904 it was originally the home of the Marquis de Valle Flor who amassed one of the largest fortunes in all of Portugal through cocoa production. The palace is gorgeous and perfectly situated to afford equally sublime views of the Tagus River. We called it home in Lisbon for five glorious days. For your visit there, Insist on rooms in the original palace part of the hotel — you will not be disappointed.

Queluz facade

Queluz facade

Corredor dasMangas at Queluz

Corredor das Mangas at Queluz

An inner courtyard at Queluz

An inner courtyard at Queluz

Queluz facade

Queluz facade

Tiled canal at Queluz

Tiled canal at Queluz

For our first Palace day-excursion we went to Palacio Nacional de Queluz, the Rococo Summer Palace built in 1747 by Pedro younger son of Joao V – and later expanded by Maria I. Since childhood I had dreamed of touring what once was nicknamed “pink palace” (It has now been restored to what is believed to be its original blue and yellow palette). The actuality of the place was better than my wildest boyhood fantasies. The day was perfect – the grand palace set against a spectacularly clear cobalt sky – really this was an absolute dream come true. We spent three hours leisurely exploring every incredible inch of the building and its gardens, followed by a splendid luncheon with our dashing friend Ze Cabral at Cozinha Velha at Queluz.

James Andrew, Pestana Palace Lisbon

James Andrew, Pestana Palace Lisbon

Pestana Palace Lisbon

Pestana Palace Lisbon

FYI., I ll be posting many more pics on Instagram should you want more!

For your dinner in Lisbon, we highly suggest an evening at Restaurant Eleven. With Michelin Star awarded chef Joachim Koerper and his highly imaginative take on Portuguese cuisine, the meal is guaranteed to be a delight!

Soaking in all the beauty that is Queluz (top), I’m sporting Tom Ford ivory cashmere cotton corduroy jacket, charcoal cashmere wool tweed pants and grey, ivory and black checked cotton shirt, Tom Ford era Gucci black suede loafers, Turnbull and Asser ivory and black silk scark and grey and black polka dot silk pocket square, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford “Marco” sunglasses, a bit of summer glow with Tom Ford Bronzing Gel and my fragrance is Creed Windsor.

INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND ON THE NORTH FORK

James Andrew North Fork

James Andrew North Fork

As you may have gathered by now, we’re in love with the North Fork –– its quaint charm and refreshing un-Hampton vibe is the perfect escape from summer in the city. Needless to say during our last month’s weekend there, we promptly reserved Independence Day weekend for a lovely return visit.

NRP Sagres III

NRP Sagres III

Besides getting to spend quality time with some exquisite and gracious friends, we took part in quite a few enjoyable activities, including the local “Heritage Day” festivities along with a viewing of some grand tall ships in Greenport.

Elliot A. Brooks at the Oyster Ponds Historical Society

Elliot A. Brooks at the Oyster Ponds Historical Society

A visit to the Oyster Ponds Historical Society was also a delight — an exhibition there of 1940s seascape/marine oil paintings depicting scenes based in Orient and East Marion by the artist Elliot A. Brooks (1888– 1949) was an added treat. There’s a wonderfully life-affirming wholesomeness about these painterly oils that left us all feeling recharged and appreciating the long seafaring heritage of the area.

Hadleighs royal gingham tasseled slippers

Hadleighs royal gingham tasseled slippers

I’m not sure the locals fully appreciated my sartorial splendor — in fact I was bellowed at, one fellow indicating that I was over-dressed (we were on our way to our photo shoot), my response was simply to quote Oscar Wilde, “one can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

Dressed for an Independence Day Weekend dinner party I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Bruce Cameron Clark bespoke shirt in a mini floral Liberty of London print with contrast white collar and cuffs, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage red, white and royal silk pocket square, Adriano Menneghetti navy and red belt, Tom Ford white cotton pants, Hadleigh’s royal and white cotton gingham tasseled slippers, Jo Malone 154 Cologne and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun-kissed glow.

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