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Mercado Da Ribeira aka Timeout Market Lisbon

If you’re a foodie, you simply have to visit the Mercado da Ribeira. It’s across from the Cais do Sodré train station, so an easy walk from anywhere in downtown Lisbon. It reminds me of the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv but about 5 times larger.

I met my friend, Cristina, and we took a slow walk down the Rua do Alecrim to Cais do Sodré. I knew about this market but had never thought to visit. I was surprised at how the space had been so smartly converted into what it is now – the Time Out Market – combining the best of fresh produce, flowers, artisanal goods, an organic market, fresh fish, meat, a concert space, a start-up hub upstairs, and off course, all the eating places. You simply have to go and experience it for yourself.

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According to the Project For Public Spaces (PPS) “great public spaces are those places where celebrations are held, social and economic exchanges occur, friends run into each other, and cultures mix.” They go on to say that “when theses spaces work well, they serve as the stage for our public lives.” The Mercado da Ribeira and Time Out Market certainly lives up to this premise.

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Like most public spaces in Lisbon, history and culture is inextricably intertwined with food, wine and convivio (Portuguese for being together socially) – the things that characterise Portuguese culture.

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This market can trace its roots back to the 13th century and was once one of the most famous fish markets in Europe. In 2010 the Lisbon City Council began the process of rehabilitation and renewal into what it is today (you can read more about it here).

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The photo above and the one below show some of the original tiled murals which have been preserved over the centuries. They are intricate and beautiful. These murals have been recreated in some other places in the mercado as wallpaper or painted on.

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You can eat food created by high profile chefs who have established concept stalls of their restaurants in the food court.

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There are “24 restaurants, 8 bars, a dozen shops and a high-end music venue, all with the very best in Lisbon (the best steak, the best hamburger, the best sushi and the best live performances, amongst others)” – info taken from the Mercado’s official website.

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This is one of the many living heritages of the city of Lisbon.

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©2017 Regina Martins

The space includes a concert venue and a cooking academy.

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The Mercado also houses Second Home Lisboa, a workspace for start-ups, entrepreneurs and social impact organisations. For more info see here. I didn’t go up to take a look, something to do next time I am there.

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Cristina and I could not leave the Mercado without sampling pasteis de nata from Manteigaria, with coffee, off course. Doesn’t it look good? It tasted delicious!

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This was a wonderful find and I wish I had more time to explore it. I love the concept. When you are in Lisbon, you simply have to visit it. To whet your appetite even further, take a look at the concept video.



WordPress Weekly Photo: Surprise

Walking down Rua do Alecrim in Lisbon I passed a derelict building and had to look at it twice to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me – and was taken by surprise – a very pleasant one because the statement made by the artist is right up my street.

Security check. Materials: fear and submission by Forest Dump ©2017 Regina Martins

Street art is not elitist and reaches all kinds of people, according to the artist. Some people are touched by the statement and stop and think, while others walk on by.

Social statement. ©2017 Regina Martins

The artist says that his work is sometimes unauthorised. He is inspired by outdoor spaces, where his art resides. Some of his exhibits last a few hours and others a few weeks.

Surprise… ©2017 Regina Martins

He likes being anonymous because it gives him more freedom of expression.

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The artist says he’s been changing streets to the way he wants them to look like for a long time.

Quote by the artist:

Lately, I’ve been feeling that the world is being searched by fear. Governments choose intolerant and discriminatory measures and police practice invasive attitudes on the minorities. The word SECURITY nowadays can knockdown the concept of individual privacy. This control freak machine keeps working as the tank is constantly refilled with fear, should we keep lowing our heads and spread our hands against the wall?

Info on the artist obtained from this article – Meet Forest Dump – The Nature Fan.


Cee’s Which Way Challenge – August 3, 2016

I haven’t entered Cee’s Which Way Challenge in a while. I thought it would be good to give it a go again. Hopefully my photography skills have improved. There are such amazing entries in all of Cee’s challenges, and Cee herself is an exceptionally talented photographer.

The Which Way photo challenge was always my favourite and I love it that it is back again. It’s probably been back for a while but I’ve only just noticed it…

I’m in Lisbon at the moment and these are pics taken in the last few days. The unique pavements of Lisbon, and the little archways framing the narrow roads are some of the photos I’ve taken.

The unique pavements of Lisbon ©2016 Regina Martins
The unique pavements of Lisbon
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Archway and walkway ©2016 Regina Martins
Archway and walkway
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Space for both cars and people ©2016 Regina Martins
Space for both cars and people
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Top of archway ©2016 Regina Martins
Top of archway
©2016 Regina Martins

Entered in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge.



WordPress Weekly Photo: Narrow

I’m visiting the city of narrow lanes, my beloved Lisbon. How appropriate that the theme this week is Narrow. Enjoy clicking through the gallery below.


A Simple And Meaningful Tribute

A simple tribute to the people who live or lived in this simple narrow alley in Mouraria, Lisbon…in the words of the artist, Camilla Watson who moved to Lisbon in 2007:

"The photographs on these walls are a tribute to the elderly who live here. They walk this beco daily and their spirit makes this corner of Mouraria special."

The tribute is a simple one and the process of getting the photographs on the wall isn’t. She sets up a mobile darkroom in the area she’s going to be working in. Click on the link above if you’d like to read more about her process. In the meantime, enjoy the gallery below this photo.

In Camilla Watson's words... ©2016 Regina Martins
In Camilla Watson’s words…
©2016 Regina Martins

The gallery below shows these wonderful people, subject of this simple photographic tribute, in the places where they live, love and work.

Click on any image to enlarge the photo and scroll through the gallery.

She’s looking for a sponsor to maintain this exhibit.