PHOTO DIARY: Postcards from Portugal

Sometimes visiting a new place doesn’t always go as planned. My visit to the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon, was both wonderful and terrible. On the positive, we rented a delightful little apartment off Airbnb for next to nothing, right in the heart of old town Lisbon. What I did get to see of Lisbon was fascinating, a very unique city filled with quirks and old school charm. On the flip side, my traveling companions and I spent most of the time sick in bed, so our exploration of the city was limited to a few expeditions outside of our apartment. PPDP_0969 One day, when I had regained my strength, I decided to indulge in a breathe of fresh air and I spend a day solely sojourning the streets of Lisbon. It led me to a series of photographs and musings on my findings and feelings toward this place. So here is my photo diary and journal reflection from my time in Lisbon:

Lisbon, such a pleasantly peculiar place. Some buildings colored like summery fruits. Limes, lemons, peaches. Others covered in kitschy living room wallpaper. Peeling, cracking, fading. 

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Terra cotta roofs. Cobblestone paths. Wrought Iron balconies. Tram tracks. The occasionally burst of foliage hanging out of a window. Or a line of washing. Church bells ringing hourly. Then the streets fall silent. The occasional stir from a cat or dog. The rumble of a car engine. PPDP_0988PPDP_0978PPDP_0979PPDP_0873PPDP_0982

Down the back streets, not a single soul roams. Only on occasion does a local stick their head out the window, checking for lurkers, wanting to rid of anything that will disrupt the sanctity of the place. An outsider in this city. Curious stares from passersby. A lone girl with her camera, sitting cross-legged on the side of an alleyway. PPDP_0973PPDP_0972PPDP_0980PPDP_0981Colourful masterpieces of graffiti burst out over derelict buildings, disguising their abandonment. Re-inventing the old.PPDP_0976PPDP_0985PPDP_0923Explosions of colour appear around the place, delighting the eyes with visual stimulation that are not commonly found among the monotonous array of tones featured in most cities.
PPDP_0924PPDP_0872The sunset. Soft hues of magenta and cyan, contrasted with the golden ball of light that silhouettes the bridge. Lapping waves. A crescent moon. Happiness. A moment of serenity.

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Illness, overtaking the experience. A sadden feeling washes over as day after day is spent inside, leaving a city unexplored. Still grabbing every moment, appreciating ever sight, taking in every smell, enjoying every taste when the body allowed it. Mind over matter.  

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An escape to Cascais, a seaside town conspicuous in charm and feelings of sentiment. Swirling patterns in it’s cobbled pathways, colorful street art strewn across aging walls, palm trees paired with brightly colored buildings.
PPDP_0897PPDP_0879PPDP_0901PPDP_0904 PPDP_0864PPDP_0896PPDP_0903PPDP_0914 The beach. Cold, crystal clear water. A last chance to bask in the sun, to turn those rays in to golden, sun kissed skin. PPDP_0880PPDP_0883PPDP_0915 PPDP_0916 PPDP_0917 PPDP_0918 PPDP_0919 Afternoon light falls, and suddenly everything becomes magical. The carousel turns hues of gold and amber, the grass and poppies shimmer in the sunlight. Children dance around the park like pixies. We lie on the grass, watching the world go by in a state of contentment.PPDP_0910 PPDP_0869PPDP_0911   An ideal day in a not-so-ideal week.

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