Tag Archives: Portugal

Lisbon's art deco & art nouveau architecture

Posted on March 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

 Interior of Cais do Sodre station
 
Lisbon has a fantastic variety of architecture from different periods, including one of my favourites: Art Deco.
I was quite pleasantly surprised when I arrived at Lisbon's Cais do Sodre station to catch a train towards Cascais. Opened in 1928 and designed by Pedro Botelho and Nuno Teotónio Pereira [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Modernist & Art Deco, Portugal, Lisbon and was tagged with art deco architecture, Portugal, Lisbon, art nouveau architecture


Lisbon's Brutalist architecture

Posted on March 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

 
In recent years, Brutalist architecture has made an unexpected comeback. Eyesore or masterpieces? It is all relatively subjective. In Lisbon, there are some fine examples that are worth exploring if you are interested in this type of architecture:

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - The foundation is a vast complex that houses Museu [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Lisbon, Portuguese design and was tagged with Brutalism, modernist architecture, Portugal, Lisbon


Streetscape of Lisbon

Posted on February 25, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
I don't believe in love at first sight; lust or instant attraction perhaps, whereas love I believe requires time to develop. Nonetheless, I have fallen in love with many cities on my first visit throughout the years, like New York, Berlin, Venice, Antwerp, Tokyo, Helsinki, Porto and Lisbon etc. My relationships [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Portugal, Lisbon, Street life and was tagged with Portugal, Lisbon, street life


Portuguese doors, windows & tiles

Posted on February 22, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
I have a slight obsession with doors and windows of façades, as well as staircases. I can't remember exactly when I started photographing them, but I took the 'mission' slightly more seriously over the past few years esp. during my travels. I must have taken hundreds of photos over the years from [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Traditional arts & crafts, azulejos, Portugal, Lisbon and was tagged with architecture, azulejos, Portugal, Lisbon, portuguese design


Portuguese crafts and designs

Posted on February 19, 2015 by Toothpicker

Magetica magazine gallery at Cidadela art district, showcasing knitted creations by Urostigre; Bottom right: Gosto D'Africa
 
One of the (many) reasons why I love Portugal is that it is immensely artistic. Art can be seen everywhere, from street art to azulejos in churches; and the Portuguese particularly excel in handicrafts, which has been [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Contemporary craft, azulejos, Design, Portugal, Portuguese design and was tagged with shopping, traditional crafts, contemporary crafts, azulejos, Portugal, portuguese design


Art & design exhibitions in Portugal (Jan 2015)

Posted on February 11, 2015 by Toothpicker

 Casa Das Historias Paula Rego
 
Lisbon offers an abundance of world class museums and galleries, and on my previous trip, my friend and I visited some excellent ones like National Museum of Ancient Art, National Tile Museum, Fado Museum and the wonderful Puppet Museum. On this trip though, the seaside resort Cascais turned [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Photography, Fashion, Travel, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Puppetry, Anything Japanese, Design, Portugal, Lisbon, Portuguese art and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, architecture, fashion, photography, puppetry, Portugal, Lisbon, Portuguese art


Food, wine & markets in Portugal

Posted on January 31, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mercado da Vila, Cascais
 
When I travel, if possible, I would always try to visit a local food market as I believe it is the most authentic place to be in any city/town/village. At the food market, not only you would find the best local produce, but you would also see how [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, Markets, Portugal and was tagged with Food & dining, Portugal, Food markets, Lisbon


Winter getaway in Portugal

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
Like always after the busy Christmas season, I longed for a holiday/getaway to revitalise myself. As I discovered, January is the perfect time to travel to the southern part of Europe; it is warmer, sunnier, less touristy, and best of all, much cheaper than London.
Portugal has become one of my favourite [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Portugal and was tagged with nature, sunset, Portugal


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