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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.

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