25/05/2008

#146 - Au Bonheur des Dames

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"IT’S EASY to walk around Lisbon’s downtown Baixa Chiado shopping area with your eyes figuratively shut and never notice the façades of the shops you enter. Yet, the route from Largo de Camões as far as Praça do Rossio is steeped in history (...) It was in the mid to late 19th century that the shopping zone took on the general appearance that it has today. Before then, shops were generally divided between open air markets or discreet boutiques for the rich and wealthy. They didn’t over-advertise themselves, have large windows or showy displays that could attract thieves and robbers. If you had the money, you were in the know and knew where to go. (...) Other gems worth looking out for include Vitrine (formerly Salon Trianon) dating from 1924, Au Bonheur des Dames, which was once a perfume shop, and Edifício Grandella, which had been one of Portugal’s first Harrod’s style department stores. These can be found on your way down towards Rossio." [*]

8 comments:

Sailor Girl said...

Quando me sair o Euromilhões vamos às compras e ao cabeleireiro, ok? Bom fim-de-semana!!!

Uma por Dia said...

Tá combinado!
Eu só quero uns chinelos e pirar-me para um sitio quente com peixe e banana!!

Afyonkarahisar said...

perfect shot just perfect congrats

Carraol said...

I like the name and look of this shop. Great catch!

George Townboy said...

This photo makes me SMILE!! Some may even call it putting on my HAPPY FACE!!

Gorgeous building!! And even better photo.

evlahos said...

very beautiful captures

Jackie said...

Lovely. I've noticed in Glasgow too, how many of the shops are in really interesting buildings (much more interesting than whatever it is the shop is selling!).

Uma por Dia said...

I know one day I will show you all the facades of this street :)
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