Sailing Regatta Lisboa – Cascais
“We need something unique, special and that will remind us of Portugal, but yet that will allow all the guests to have fun in a sophisticated ambience”. That’s how our client presented us this challenge, within the context of a large corporate incentive for an Indian multinational. To make things even more “interesting” he also added: “Oh, by the way… We wanted you guys to know that these clients have travelled everywhere and done pretty much everything! Good luck!” Our minds started racing with ideas: palaces and history, thematic games, hiking activities? All of a sudden we thought: why don’t we go back to the origins of our history? Then it was clear, we were heading towards the sea! The problem was now solved and in the morning of the 23rd of April the whole group was gathered at the Dock of Bom Sucesso, in Belém, where so many other navigators (OK, let’s just be nice for once and include our clients on this category) gathered in the past. Our destination: Cascais, in a 3 hour sailing regatta, divided in teams of 6 guests per sail yacht. After an initial briefing and some knees shaking, with the constant advise of our skippers and crew, they all set sail! The wind was there to help and there was plenty of screaming and shouting of nautical terms on board: up with the genoa, pull the rope starboard side, always keeping in mind that an award awaited at the end… It was early afternoon when we’ve arrived to the Marina of Cascais. The winners were eagerly anticipating their award: a delicious seafood lunch they thought! They were right, but the award was so much more than that, as besides a delicious fresh seafood dinner in one of the best restaurants in Portugal there was something else… Awaiting the winning team there was a surprise box with some of the best awarded Portuguese products: Wine Spectator awarded Portuguese wines, the best cheese in the world (Portuguese, of course!) and above all, the recognition amongst their own peers… All in just one day that according to the participants was one "they would never forget!”
Peddy Paper through “Lisbon’s traditions”
When we’ve heard what this client of ours did as their business we could hardly believe: “Here in Iceland we basically transform 4x4 trucks into 6x6 so that they can go through ice and volcanoes in order to reach the North Pole!” In that same moment we felt that a nice Jeep ride through the mountains of Sintra would be somewhat “redundant”… Since we couldn’t take that approach we’ve decided to suggest what we really believe we are best at: we took this group of 50 Icelanders on a journey through Lisbon’s best traditions, flavors and aromas! The meeting in one of Lisbon’s Hotels was the start of an epic afternoon walking (or for some of the teams heroic level of running…) along Lisbon’s large cobbled boulevards, narrow alleys of Alfama, without forgetting some mandatory stops: the best Cherry liquor in town (Ginjinha), the best custard tart and of course a wine tasting! In any case these delicacies were in fact a complement to the very detailed “fun quiz” that we’ve prepared about the city of Lisbon: after all how many times could you fit Rua da Betesga (20-meter long street) in the lenght of the Rossio Square (huge Lisbon square)? Can you name King Joseph’s horse? You would be surprised by the answers! At the end we were proud of having been able to “tire” 50 Icelanders leaving them with a huge smile on their faces upon arrival to a panoramic restaurant in Lisbon where a cocktail overlooking Lisbon awaited them. The night would then continue with an excellent dinner with lots of fun moments!