Sunday, 20 May 2018

My 15 Instagram Posts on Street Art in Lisbon

There's a power and and a creativity on Street Art that conquered my heart from the first moment. Maybe is the scale, perhaps the fact that art on the street is literally for everyone, surely is all the dynamic of the street art scene that is so exciting and inspiring.

Lisbon is a spectacular place to find amazing examples of street art, and whenever I pass by some of this murals and I have the chance, you can be sure that I'll snap a shot. Some times they end up on Instagram, and today I'm bringing you 15 works of different artists that you can find scattered all over town.

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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Chronicles From Andalusia | C贸rdoba's Patios

Last Summer we have been to C贸rdoba for a few days and among the many things that impressed us and captured our hearts in this wonderful city, the Patios were among the first. I could only imagine how it would look with all the plants in full bloom and promised to myself to return to C贸rdoba some day in Spring. In May, when the Patios are at they prime, C贸rdoba celebrates the Patios Festival, a true feat of color and beauty. I didn't make it this year, but I'm sharing it with you. Who knows, maybe we'll meet in C贸rdoba next year...

Many of the lovely patios, like the one in the photos above, are in private homes and the owners kindly let you in to visit their beautiful patios. There are tours available that take to some of these p谩tios. Some other patios are scattered trough the city, like the one bellow, that you can find at the Zoco Municipal de la Artesan铆a. The top photo in this article was taken at Palacio de Viana, where you can find nothing less than 12 patios. But be sure to get there on time (I didn't!). You can also visit the Centro de Interpretaci贸n de la Fiesta de los Patios Trueque Cuatro, an emblematic Patio House where you can experience this amazing tradition.

Although I didn't visit C贸rdoba this Spring, I'll be able to share some gorgeous photos with you from this year's edition of the Patios Festival, kindly authorized by C贸rdoba 24. Please check their site as they have all the information you can need to prepare your visit to C贸rdoba.

Some Useful Adresses:

DePatios (Tours)
C/San Basilio, 14
14004 C贸rdoba

Zoco Municipal de la Artesan铆a
Calle Jud铆os, s/n, 14004 C贸rdoba

Pal谩cio de Viana
Plaza de don Gome, 2 14001 C贸rdoba

Centro de Interpretaci贸n de la Fiesta de los Patios Trueque Cuatro
Calle Trueque, 4 C贸rdoba

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Lisbon Chronicles | Gra莽a

On top of the tallest of the seven hill of Lisbon, lies the Gra莽a neighborhood, one of the most beautiful historical quarters of the city and mainly known for its viewpoints, from which one can enjoy some breathtaking views of the city.

 Close to the castle is populated since the foundation of the nation, but it was after the great earthquake of 1755 that its population grew in a more visible way. Walking around on the steep streets and bright squares, allows you to feel the life of a characteristic Lisbon neighborhood, with people going about with their lives. Not to miss are the 2 main viewpoints: Miradouro Sophia de Mello Andersen (usually dubbed Miradouro da Gra莽a) and Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. The first in front of the Gra莽a Church and the second by a Chapel with the same name. Also to be visited is Igreja da Gra莽a, the church on Largo da Gra莽a.

The church and convent of Gra莽a were founded in the 13th century, rebuilt in the 16th century and, then, restored after the earthquake. Is from that time the baroque style that you can find, although the previous Manueline style is still present on the baptistery and in the chapel.

The light inside the church is admirable, creating a luminous atmosphere not often usual in the Portuguese temples, often more somber.

The viewpoint in front of the church is quite charming, with the large pine trees casting its shadow over the terrace where you can have a drink or a light meal. The 180潞 view is unmissable and one of the best spots to photograph the city and the river, and, of course, the castle.

Walk some more on your way to Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, enjoying the details of this part of the city. Statues, buildings, tiles and street art wait for you in every step of the way. Keep your camera in hand and you'll have much to do.

The viewpoint by Senhora do Monte chapel is one of my favorites! The small chapel, the luxurious pine trees, the outstanding view of the city, the light and the sense of being in a secluded place, make it really special.

And you ask, "how do we get there?". If you're feeling fit you can obviously walk (up, really steep streets), or you can take Tram 28, and then walk back down (its a good idea!). There are also lots of Tuk Tuk's more than willing to take you there, some with drivers that can tell much about the history of this gorgeous neighborhood.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Chronicles from Lisbon | Cabo da Roca

"Eis aqui, quase cume da cabe莽a
De Europa toda, o Reino Lusitano,
Onde a terra se acaba e o mar come莽a,
E onde Febo repousa no Oceano."

"Behold, near the top of the head
Of all Europe, the Lusitanian Kingdom,
Where the earth ends and the sea begins,
And where Phoebe rests in the ocean."

Lu铆s Vaz de Cam玫es, in Lus铆adas 

"Where the earth ends and the sea begins" is how the Portuguese poet (and traveler) Lu铆s de Cam玫es describes the Cabo da Roca in its epic poem Os Lus铆adas. And this cape, the most western part of Europe, can be seen as that. Also known as Moon Promontory (Promont贸rio da Lua), is part of the Natural Park of Sintra and Cascais (Parque Natural de Sintra Cascais).

A stone column mark the geographical extreme of the continent to all who visit this place, and the view one can grasp on both directions is absolutely breathtaking. But be careful! The strong winds can be dangerous and you should not cross the wood fences that protect people from falling down.

Starting at Cabo da Roca, it is possible to follow several eco-trails, enjoying the vegetation and the spectacular views of the coast. Eventually you can arrive to the vicinities of Praia da Ursa. If you're prepared to a (very!) steep way down (and then back up!), please go, is nothing less than magical.

You can reach Cabo da Roca by car (about 30 minutes from Lisbon) or by bus, and at the location you can find a tourism information office, a small store, a caf茅 and all the necessary infrastructures. Reserve a few hours to walk around or a full day if you intend to go to Praia da Ursa. If you can, wait until sunset and enjoy it from this special place over the Atlantic.

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