The conference: it's also a place to meet people, socialize and enjoy great events...
The welcome reception will take place on Tuesday, after the Ada-Europe general assembly. It will be on board of a boat, which will take us down the Tagus river to see Lisbon from a different perspective and watch the sunset from the river. The boat is a very nice and modern catamaran, with capacity for up to 135 persons, as you can see in the photos.
The tour will take approximately 2 hours, from 20h00 to 22h00, departing and returning to the marina of Parque das Naçõs. This is walking distance from the conference (VIP Art's) hotel. More specifically, the walk is about 1.2km through the Parque das Nações area, and therefore it is a pleasant and quiet walk. Given that the general assembly is scheduled to end at 19h00, there will be enough time to get there. We suggest that you take the path shown in the picture on the right (click on the picture to see a larger version).
Given that the tour will be during dinner time, we will have some food on board, accompanied with a welcome glass of Champagne and an open bar with several other drinks (beer, juice, water, coffe). The food will include cheese, smoked ham, and a variety of typical Portuguese appetizers such as miniature chicken pies, miniature puff pastry with chèvre cheese and red fruits, miniature veal croquettes, miniature shrimp patties and two additional vegetarian appetizers. A couple of sweets (before you ask, yes, including mini pastéis de belém, the very typical Lisbon sweet) will complement this menu.
All that said, we just cannot promise good weather. But we hope that it goes by the norm once again at this time of the year, with sunshine and a temperature between 20 and 30 degrees celsius.
On Wednesday evening, the traditional Conference Banquet will be held at restaurant "A Casa do Bacalhau" (see on Google maps), which serves Portuguese food. Translated to English, the name of the restaurant means "The House of the Codfish", so it is not too difficult to guess what is the speciality of the restaurant.
The transportation to the restaurant will be by bus, departing from the hotel. The departure is scheduled for 19h30. Attendants are requested to gather at the hotel lobby.
For those wanting to go on their own to the restaurant, the address is: Rua do Grilo 54, 1900-706 Lisboa.
About the restaurant
The restaurant is located in the old stables of the Duke of Lafões palace. In fact, the Duke and his family still live today in another part of the building where the restaurant is located. Tha palace was built after the great earthquake of 1755 that destroyed most of the city (the Lisboa Story Center tells it all), because the palace in which the Duke's family was living at that date was partially destroyed. When it was built, there was almost nothing around it and the Tagus river was reaching almost to its entry. The room where dinner will be served has a wonderful ceiling, which is original from the eighteenth century, built in vault with a typical brick.
We believe that you will enjoy, both the place and the food!
During the banquet, the Best Paper Award will also be presented.