The city of Lisbon is stepping in to protect one of its most distinctive assets: its historical shops. As part of a project initiated last year, the city has just named 63 retail establishments as deserving special recognition. To start, this means that these stores can apply for special restoration funds, up to a maximum of €25,000 each. The stores themselves, which include a tobacconist, a glove shop, a café, a pharmacy and a florist, have much in common. They are all businesses with relatively low cash flows. They are all also distinguished by particularly beautiful interiors, and many of them sell unusual or specialty goods or services. The city plans to extend the list to 100 or more by the fall. Read the story by Cityfixer, Feargus O’Sullivan, 20 July 2016 [gallery ids="8024,8023,8022,8021,8020" type="columns" orderby="rand"]
Lisbon’s attractions, you see, aren’t quite in the heavyweight league you find in some European capitals. There’s no equivalent to the Coliseum, or Notre Dame. Instead what the city has long had in abundance is a glut of un-studied charm, or beauty on a small, intimate scale. Read the story by Cityfixer, Feargus O’Sullivan, 20 July 2016
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