“Olha a sardinha, é vivinha da costa. Há carapau e sardinha linda, ó freguesa! É fresquinha a minha sardinha”.
(ancient fishwives of Lisbon)
The sardines are a great icon of Lisbon! Green, yellow, blue, colored or squared, with the most varied decorations, they are ready to the taste and imagination of each customer.
The sardines of Lisbon translate the joy and vitality of the city, sending us to the party, to the popular saints, for the socializing, friendship and flirtation. Who does not imagine them? Hot, on the bread, ready to taste …
Once upon a time, a land of serpents called Ofiúsa, and her queen, who was half woman and half a serpent, seduced the men who came here and never left. At the top of the hills, their wickedness shouted to the winds. No one dared to stand on this land cursed by demons and gods.
One day, Ulisses and his companions arrive and disembark in the cove of the Tagus. Admiring the beauty of the land, they decided to build a city, but the accidents happened and disappeared, mysteriously. Our hero decides to pretend to agree to marry the passionate queen, to save themselves and to found Olisipo, the most beautiful capital in the world!
After that, they manage to escape in time, from the ocean to the outside, escaping the wrath of the deceived queen. It ran desperately, winding through the river, until it fell from exhaustion, giving rise to the seven hills of Lisbon, which in fact, are even more.
Text and illustrations: FOArtista. All rights reserved. Lisbon, 2019.