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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

Two different kinds of dreamy…

Ghirardelli Chocolate, 5LB of it - dreamy!
Ghirardelli Chocolate, 5LB of it – dreamy!
Dreamy scape in India
Dreamy scape in India
WordPress's photo challenge this week: A misty morning, your handsome spouse, your grandmother’s house that’s also your elementary school and the Eiffel Tower — this week, show us something dreamy.

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Twist – Graffiti in Lisbon

Walking through Lisbon, you’ll see wall after wall of graceless tasteless graffiti, approximating vandalism than any kind of urban street art.

Imagine my surprise when I came across these abandoned houses painted with such boldness. I stood for a long while admiring the art-work and cleverness of beautifying what would otherwise be an eyesore, into something so pleasing.

This urban art is on Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, Lisbon, and is a collaboration by Italian artist Blu and Brazialian artists, identical twins, Os Gemeos.

Click here to see a stop frame video of how they painted one of the houses.

Chameleon, love his expression
Chameleon, love his expression
Catching stars
Catching stars
Alien king
Alien king

Weekly photo challenge: Letters

Barely a couple of hours after landing in San Francisco I found myself walking through Union Square to the iStore.

Imbibing the night life, the energetic atmosphere of this wonderful city, I couldn’t resist taking this photo. I would so dearly have loved to go in, have a drink and some pasta, whilst listening to thrummy jazz.

Isn’t music such a universal language?

Uniting.

Euphoric.

Subjectively lifting the spirits.

No translation needed! Don’t you think?
San Francisco Union Square - Music, the universal language
San Francisco Union Square – Music, the universal language

 

Weekly photo challenge: Street Life – Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal was built in a hilly area on the banks of the Tagus River. It’s a wonderfully cosmopolitan city, vibrant, full of contrasts.

Lisbon street life is renowned for its vibrancy – I much prefer wondering the streets of Lisbon absorbing the vibe rather than spend the day visiting museums.

This street, in the Príncipe Real area of Lisbon, is so incredibly steep. My phone camera does not do justice to its steepness. There are many such steep roads, roller-coastering through the city. Look up into the distance and try to see it.

Rua de São Marçal, Lisbon
Rua de São Marçal, Lisbon

Another feature of Lisbon I enjoy are the cafes. They are all over the place. Coffee and pastries are delicious. Lunch times bustle with office workers having a bite to eat. We stopped at the sidewalk cafe in the photo below, in Rua Augusta, just off the Rossio in the centre of Lisbon.

Sidewalk cafe, Rua Augusta, Lisbon
Sidewalk cafe, Rua Augusta, Lisbon

Lisbon in summer is a magical place to visit. There are festivals, music in the streets, and it’s hot. There’s movement and flow and a constant buzz. Just walking from street corner to street corner uncovers a panoramic vista of the Castelo de São Jorge, or a view down to the Tagus River, or…a band playing jazz. This is what we found in the Chiado, a very popular shopping district. In 1988 the Chiado area was burned to the ground. I remember walking through the burned out buildings a year after the fire, before the renovations started. It took 10 years to renovate the area. No visit to Lisbon is complete without a visit to this area.

Jazz musicians at the Chiado, Lisbon
Jazz musicians at the Chiado, Lisbon