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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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EXPLORING THE PALACES OF LISBON VIA PESTANA PALACE

James Andrew – Pestana Palace Hotel

James Andrew – Pestana Palace Hotel

After touring so many of the great houses of Lisbon, it was always so nice to seamlessly slip into our very own palace — one simply can’t help but feel like Windsor in residence as one enters the grand entrance rotunda at Pestana Palace.

On our many jaunts, the Palacio Fronteira certainly stood out. This divine country manor house built for the First Marques de Fronteira in 1640 and is still owned by the family (yes, this is the Old World!). The stunning use of Portuguese tiles throughout and the exceptionally glorious gardens all make for a highly inspirational visit!

Palacio Fronteira

Palacio Fronteira

Palacio Fronteira

Palacio Fronteira

Palacio Fronteira

Palacio Fronteira

The Jardim Botanica da Ajuda is also a must-see. These fabulous formal gardens in the Italian style provide a respite from the city and the roaming peacocks are truly one of those unforgettable sites!

Jardim Botanica da Ajuda

Jardim Botanica da Ajuda

Jardim Botanica da Ajuda

Jardim Botanica da Ajuda

Jose Avillez’s many restaurants score at the top of our list. His highly imaginative take on Portuguese cuisine with influences garnered from his many travels throughout the world will absolutely delight the senses! Belcanto, Cantinho de Avillez, Cafe Lisboa, Mini Bar…do try them all!

Dressed for a day of touring, I’m sporting a Tom Ford charcoal wool, silk cashmere tweed jacket, grey checked cotton shirt and gray cotton cashmere corduroy pant, Hermes gray silk pocket square, Ralph Lauren black alligator belt with sterling buckle, Tom Ford era Gucci black suede loafers, vintage Rolex, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, my fragrance Tom Ford London and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel provide a healthy glow.

SUMMER TRANSFORMATION

James Andrew at home with Quadrille's China Seas fabric.

James Andrew at home with Quadrille’s China Seas fabric.

I’m wild about the idea of summer slipcovers — changing one’s furniture covering (or simply adding a new table cloth), in a well-chosen fabric is always a quick and immediately gratifying way to freshen up any room. My little dining room/library here in town is pretty moody with its lacquered aubergine walls and silver holographic ceiling. As the temperatures have been rising, I wanted a room that felt brighter, lighter, crisper, and cooler. A bit of the exotic always helps as well. So I turned to my friends at Quadrille who are certainly at the top of my list of go-to resources for ultra chic fabrics and wall coverings. Quadrille’s China Seas collection provided the most perfect selection of fabrics to choose from, and Island Ikat in pale aqua on white did the trick — the pale aqua is a spot-on match to my living room wall color and ties the whole flat together quite nicely — with an overall effect that provides a dash of Lyford Cay-esque tropical splendor.

James Andrew, Quadrille transformation.

James Andrew, Quadrille transformation.

There is a softness and luxury that fabrics can bring to a room, and my new table cloth is already providing a splendid backdrop for my summer repasts. I switched out my Dodie Thayer tureen with a vintage Este white melon tureen to lighten the look even further. This aqua and white cloth will look super chic with plates in turquoise, coral, blues and malachite — stay tuned for photos!

I’m dressed in a Tom Ford ivory linen sateen suit, dusty rose cotton mini plaid shirt, pink silk knit tie and ivory suede and leather cap toe shoes, Charvet pink silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Seaman Schepps cuff links in coral and shell,vintage Gucci python belt with silver buckle, Creed Royal Mayfair fragrance and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.

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