Feast of Saint Anthony

Posted by sue on June 12th, 2007

Tomorrow, June 13, is the feast of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of Lisbon. Tonight central Lisbon was one big party to celebrate it. I left the apartment just before dark (about 9:15) and went out walking to check it out. I had decided that it was important to stay on streets where there was a lot of people, for safety. I was able to walk for TWO hours from Graça to Alfama to Baixa to Chiado to Bica to Bairro Alto to Rossio square and back home, all with crowds of people swarming streets where restaurants put out tables on sidewalks and plazas and streets, grilling sardines and meat and serving up cups of sangria and beer.

The most crowded street I saw was the street where we lived in May–Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo–featured in the photos Len posted a while ago, with the steep hill and the trolley. From our old building to the top of the hill was wall-to-wall people. Sorry I don’t have any photos to share.

27 Responses to “Feast of Saint Anthony”

  1. jeanene Says:

    Stay away from the bulls! Just kidding they do that in Spain and Mexico. Isn’t Saint Anthony they guy you pray to when you can’t find something?

    I’ve been busy preparing for the Federal Exam which will be the last week of August.

    Jeanene

  2. sue Says:

    Yes, Saint Anthony is the guy you pray to when something is lost: “Tony, Tony, look around. Something’s lost and must be found!”

  3. len Says:

    Man! The coolest week of the year in Lisbon and I’m in dreary, chilly, and rainy Cape Cod.
    Oh well, I’ll be back soon.
    I have had the distinct pleasure of eating a cheesesteak, thai food, and pizza; things not easily acquired in Portugal.
    (actually, pizza is pretty common but it’s not so hot)

  4. Heather Says:

    Len, make sure you drink some beeahs and get hammid too.

  5. sue Says:

    “Hammid”?

  6. Heather Says:

    Hammid = “Hammered” in Massachusetts speak.

  7. len Says:

    In a strange twist of irony I saw my long-time friend’s band Pony play a gig tonight in Somerville at a bar called P.A.’s.
    What does it stand for?
    Portuguese American’s
    No kidding.
    Weird.
    And I got somewhere close to hammid.

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