After a brilliantly busy Christmas period at Kouamo I took a trip to Lisbon for a much needed winter break. I felt the call for the sun on my skin and for the invigoration of new explorations and inspirations. Lisbon did not disappoint. Here is a visual diary sharing just a few of the sights which caught my eye and warmed my heart.
A City of Colours
The web of narrow cobbled streets in Lisbon gave way to a tumble of buildings of every shape and size. Looking over the rooftops - the hotchpotch of colours and sun-faded grandeur evoked memories of my travels in Havana. I was particularly charmed by Chiado square and its surrounding neighborhood.
Image: courtesy of BookMundi
I’m drawn to pattern and I was mesmerised by the Azulejos, Portuguese tin-glazed ceramic tiles, which are found all over Lisbon from palaces to playgrounds. These distinctive bursts of bold pattern are featured in interiors and exteriors - as stand alone tiles or vast tessellations covering entire facades.
Image: Courtesy of Voyages Lisbonne
Shades of Lisbon Sky
I was greeted with a magical mist, which draped Lisbon entirely in soft cloud. For a moment I felt that I could still be in London but it soon gave way to warm winter sunshine and a heart-melting deep blue sky.
Travelling by Tram
It was wonderful traveling up through the maze of streets from Baixa, Graça, Alfama and Estrela on the original Tram network which has been going strong since 1873. It is not always on time as parked cars can block the narrow streets - but it is well worth the wait.
25 de Abril Bridge
Anyone who has seen my collection for ABC Carpet & Home will know that I admire the elegant structures and fine details of bridges. The 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon is a particular beauty, reminiscent of The Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco.
Pastéis de Belém
I took the tram to Belem which has the best ‘Pastels’ in Lisbon. These egg tart pastries, sweet and glossy with caramelization, were so delicious I took some home to savour.