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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.

3 Comments

  1. Dean Farris says:

    Beautiful !

  2. Philip says:

    Dear James,
    It is a treat to see your photographs of Portugal -of Queluz. Love what you are wearing, too -the black and white reminiscent of the signature mosaic cobbles of Lisbon. Of course, creed Windsor, a nod to a fascinating chapter of 1940’s Lisbon. I am avidly looking forward to your next Portuguese posts, superb photographs and your informed impressions.
    Warm regards,
    Philip

  3. James Andrew says:

    Dear Philip,

    Thank You!

    Portugal was so very sublime – I cant wait to return!

    Stay tuned for 9 more installments!

    Love and Light

    JA

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