EXPLORED_ cinema lá em baixo in Lisbon

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One thing I was really looking forward to during my trip to Lisbon, was visiting the cinema on the rooftop again.  After I discovered this wonderful place, I made a habit of going every week to have a cheap vegetarian diner with a great view over the city, watch a free movie, catch up with my friends and meet new people.  Unfortunately school (and the cold weather) got in the way and by the end of my 5 months in Lisbon, it had been weeks, if not months, since the last time I was there, so this was definitely on my list when I came back to Lisbon for a week.  Unfortunately, the weekly event changed from cinema la em cima, on the rooftop of an apartment building, to cinema la em baixo, in RDA69.  (Here you can also get your bike repaired and on Sunday they serve delicious pizzas for only 2 euros.) Since it was way too hot to sit inside, we had our delicious meal on the streets.   Despite the change of location the atmosphere and the people are still amazing, and as usual I ran into some familiar faces.  Definitely a must-go if you’re ever in the city!  You can find more info about the cinema here.

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EXPLORED_ jardim da Estrela in Lisbon

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Because it was so hot while I was in Lisbon, I spent most of my days in the park or on the beach, reading, taking a nap or having a picnic with some friends.  These are some photos of an afternoon with my friend Lisa and her friends from faculty at Jardim da Estrela.   We brought the slack line and a guitar and enjoyed the beautiful park. (Including the crazy guy riding around on his bike with his stereo blasting…)  Going through these photos while I’m studying makes me miss these carefree days even more…

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BACK IN LISBON

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My week in Lisbon was spent catching up with old friends while having lunch at a roof terrace, eating ice cream in the park and chilling and dancing at out jazz.  I enjoyed well known places that I missed and discovered new ones that popped up or even just by looking at the city with new eyes and paying more attention while wandering around.  I made a trip to the beautiful beach of Palmela to get some rest from the tourist flooded city and complained about the heat (40 degrees, yes) a lot.  As you can imagine, it was great to be back in the city that feels like my second home.  This wasn’t my last return for sure! (For those of you who are new to the blog, I lived in Lisbon for 5 months thanks to the erasmus program.  You can find my blogposts on my amazing time in Portugal here.)

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Some of you might know that during the past academic year, I was chosen to represent my faculty (engineering sciences at the university of Leuven) as an artist in residence.  Together with the other ‘faculty stars’ (each in their own discipline), I got to attend workshops and had the chance to display some of my photos in the halls of the university. However, the cherry on the cake is our current exhibition: me and the four other photographers have our work up on the walls of museum M!   I’d love to hear what you think, so if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by to take a look at our photos in the entrance hall (that means it’s for free, so no excuses!) and check out the museum too, the rest of the collection ain’t that bad either.  (Our photos will be displayed until August 11, so you’ve got a week and a half!)

Now that I have your attention:  I’m also looking for an affordable room in a fun house in Antwerp as I’m leaving Leuven behind in September (or even at the end of August if I find something sooner).  If you’ve got some tips, shoot me an email!

Here’s a bonus photo of me looking very proud in front of my photos:

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ART APPRECIATORS

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Ever since I came across this post by Miss Moss, I’ve been wanting to do a similar post devoted to art appreciators, but with my own photos.  These past few years I’ve done quite a few city trips, and there’s always at least one museum visit involved.  There photos have been taken in museums all over Europe: Belgium, Denmark, Lisbon, Germany and Austria.  You’ve seen most of these before, but I loved going through all my old travel photos and selecting these, brings back great memories and makes me anxious to visit some new museums!

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art appreciators via au pays des merveilles

art appreciators via au pays des merveilles

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art appreciators via au pays des merveilles

art appreciators via au pays des merveilles

art appreciators via au pays des merveilles

art appreciators via au pays des merveilles

art appreciators via au pays des merveilles

art appreciators via au pays des merveilles

art appreciators via au pays des merveilles

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WATERSCAPES

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Most of these photos, you have already seen in different blogposts, but I wanted to gather all of them together and share them in one post.  While in Portugal, I became fascinated with the river and the ocean and how the water always looks so different in every photo, how much strength the waves could have, beating down on you while you are trying to keep standing up in the  breakers, the water pulling on pushing on your legs and the sand swallowing your feet a little bit more with every passing wave.  Living so close to the ocean and always having a view at the river Tejo around the corner, really changed how the city felt.  I miss having such openness and immensity so close.

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LIFE BACK IN BELGIUM

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Unfortunately, it’s that time of the year again: the exams are coming up, so us students are locked up behind our books and not allowed to think about anything else, like… let’s say blogging.  Which means it’s probably going to be (even more) quiet here in the next few weeks, especially since these are the last photos I saved up to share with you.  Today I’m sharing a little bit of randomness: my favourite boots on the grass during that first day of spring back in march, some impressions of Antwerp during a school trip (luckily on one of those other rare spring days), the view on Leuven from the top of this year‘s Existenz location and Portico Quartet in the AB, one of the few concerts I’ve done since I got back (I’m saving up to go back to Lisbon!) but definitely one worth remembering.  There were very few tickets sold, resulting in a very intimate concert in the AB club covered in twinkling lights and a little talk with the super friendly band afterwards.  I’m ending this with ‘Ruins’ by Portico Quartet, because even though I loved how intimate the concert was, they deserve a much bigger audience!

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EXISTENZ MAXIMUM 2013

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know my love for Existenz, the organization of first master students of architecture in Leuven, who make it their goal for the year to turn an abandoned building into a playground for everyone who loves art and architecture (and an occasional drink and dance), and this for only one week.  As every year, this year’s edition was a blast.  The location, the old bottling plant of Stella Artois, was breath-takingly beautiful (that light!) and I think the photos show it well, which explains the photo overload after the jump. (In case you can’t tell: I got myself a new camera (canon eos 650d) and I’m thrilled with its results!) 

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ITHAKA

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Last year I was very impressed by Ithaka (a yearly exhibition of visual arts organized by students), so this year I had to check it out again.  Unfortunately I was a little bit disappointed, (maybe because of the location that wasn’t nearly as impressive as the one from last year?) but these balloons filled with colored pigment by Laurens Mariën kind of made up for it.

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SAUDADE

igreja do carmo, lisbon via au pays des merveillesSadly, these are the last photos of Lisbon I have left to share with you… The only post, reminding of my 5 month Erasmus in this wonderful city, that I have yet to prepare for you, is an overview of all the amazing places I have discovered there.  The emails I’ve been getting from you, tell me that this would be very helpful!  (Although I’m still happy to share my thoughts and tips via email with you, so don’t be shy.)  Anyway, these photos are from the time the lovely people from Existenz (I used to be one of them, 2 years ago) spent in Lisbon, while travelling through Portugal.  I sacrificed one precious day of my last 2 weeks in this city to show them around (with the help of a friend who has some tour guide experience) and take them to my favorite places in the city.  Here you see glimpses of Igreja do Carmo (or at least it’s floor), Alfama and the breathtaking view from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.

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FRAGMENTS_ costa da caparica

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My friend’s last day in Portugal (sadly he had to go back to Belgium too, but I was smart enough to book my flight one week later) was spent doing what he loved the most: surfing at costa da caparica.  It was the first time I went to this surfer’s beach (quite the trip as well with all the public transport problems we had) and it was really calm that day.  Not the best day for surfing (which I can’t, unless you give me a board with a sail and some wind), but the view was beau-ti-ful.  I still can’t get over how beautiful and fascinating the ocean is, and I wish I’d live closer to the sea here in Belgium.  (Although it probably takes as long to get from Lisbon to the ocean as from my side of Belgium to the coast due to the slow trains in Lisbon, but it felt different, it felt like you were constantly aware of how close it was.)

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THE OTHER SIDE

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Twice I ventured to the other side of the rio Tejo, this time for a friends’ goodbye party.  Naturally this went together with a picnic in one of the old ruins, accompanied by lots of live music (both on real and improvised instruments found along the road), cheap wine, a gorgeous view on Lisbon and a breathtaking sunset over the Tejo.  How I miss my beautiful city and my beautiful friends.

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PORTO

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Our road trip ended in Porto.  I visited this city before, but this time the weather was a bit of a letdown, despite having had the most amazing weather during the rest of the trip.  But no harm done, we managed to get inside casa da musica (which wasn’t possible the first time I was there) and visited the museum and park of Serralves.  And of course the next morning, when we had to go home to return the car, the weather was wonderful again!

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COIMBRA

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After visiting Peniche and Fatima, our road trip took us to the beautiful city of Coimbra, where we were joined by another friend, completing our travel company.  We were offered a place to stay and a tour around the city by a friend who I knew from his erasmus in Belgium.  He showed us their stunning faculty of architecture (located in an old hospital), casa da escrita (a writer’s retreat where I wouldn’t mind spending my days studying, the design by Joao Mendes Ribeiro is definitely worth checking out) and the beautiful little streets and views that Coimbra has to offer.  It wasn’t my first visit (the first time I went to Porto, I also made a stop here to meet up with my friends) and I don’t think it will be my last!  This town holds one of the oldest universities in Europe and with all the students wearing their typical black capes, it easily feels like you are on the set of a Harry Potter movie.  If that is not a reason to visit, I don’t know what is!

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FATIMA

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After having a picnic on the beach in Peniche, our road trip contined to Fátima, a pilgrimage town where people come to ask for health.  Next to burning the traditional candles, you can buy all kinds of body parts in wax (hands, hearts, breasts, lungs, you name it) and let them melt in the bonfire next to the candles.  We only stopped here for a short time, to take a look at the church and the shops with religious souvenirs, and then we continued our trip.  Next up: Coimbra!

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PENICHE

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As I’ve told you before, during my last weeks in Portugal, I made a short road trip to Porto with a few friends.  The first stop we made was Peniche, a small town known for its beaches and surfers.  No surfing for us though, we were just here to have lunch, which was more complicated than expected thanks to me being a vegetarian. (Not so common in Portugal, unfortunately.) Despite the helpful portuguese lady, we didn’t find a place to eat, but it all turned out for the best!  we ended up having a picnic on the beach, accompanied by a smart dog who waited patiently for us to finish our lunch and toss him our leftovers.  A little bit later, we were back on the road and off to Fatima.  Stay tuned for the rest of the trip!

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EXPLORED_ flower power in Lisbon

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At Flower Power in Lisbon (calçada do combro 2), you can eat and drink between the most gorgeous flower arrangements – not so suprising since this café / restaurant is part of a flower shop.  Both the beautiful decorations and the artwork changes regularly, so you’ll never be bored if you come to this place regularly.  Oh and the food is pretty good too, so you don’t have to come here only for the wonderful interior and the view at the famous elevador da bica right across the street.

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EXPLORED_ café Tati in Lisbon

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Since this little café in Lisbon was close to my home and on the way between my apartment and the metro to the university, this was my go to place to work on my thesis (or the blog, because yes, this place has free wifi) while enjoying a cup of (cheap!) coffee and the company of likeminded friends.  But Café Tati has more to offer than free wifi and a cosy interior, they also have an extensive book collection and if you keep an eye on their facebook page, you’ll notice they regularly organize jazz concerts, which are tested and approved by yours truly.  The food is very tasty and affordable as well, so if you’re in Lisbon, I recommend you to enjoy at least one drink here.  (Rua da Ribeira nova 36)

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EXPLORED_ Primeiro Andar in Lisbon

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When you take the small candle lit corridor that leads you to this hidden gem, you will find an indoor basket court and next to it, the entrance to Primeiro Andar (Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, nº110 in Lisbon).  With it’s cosy sofa’s and occasional concerts, you’ll find yourself right at home here.  For more Lisbon tips, take a look here.

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EXPLORED_ Fabrica Features in Lisbon

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The Fabrica Features shop is located above the united colors of benetton shop at rua garret 83.  This place that caught my attention before, but I never really understood how to get to that fourth floor.  That is, until someone told me you actually had to go into the benetton shop and take the elevator up.  So, in my last week, I finally managed to visit this more or less hidden gem. Here you find beautiful pieces of art and all kinds of items that would make wonderful gifts for dear friends.  (Seriously, how amazing are those sea shell headphones at photo four?)  Fabrica Features Lisboa blogs here about their new products and exhibitions.

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ZAZOU

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Zazou is the place to go if you are looking for authentic portuguese products.  Wether it’s sardines, soap, wine, ceramics or paper ware, this place will have something you like!  And if you’re tired from walking Lisbon’s hills, you can always take a seat in their café.  I haven’t actually tried this myself, but seeing all the products the shop carries, it should be good!  You can find this lovely bazar slash café at calçada do correio velho 7, Lisbon.

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POIS, CAFE

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Pois, café is a well known destination in Lisbon for people who are looking to have a coffee or a meal in a cosy environment.  This place is filled with books and magazines, which you can read while seated in comfy couches or you can bring your laptop and use the free wifi.  It’s a little bit more expensive than the common portuguese prices (which are very cheap in comparison to what I’m used to in Belgium), but it’s definitely worth it to spend time here on a cloudy afternoon.

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pois café, lisboa, via au pays des merveilles

pois café, lisboa, via au pays des merveilles
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SAUDADE

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It’s been almost a week since I’ve left my beloved Lisbon and moved back to Leuven, but I’m still missing my home away from home.  This beautiful city and the wonderful people I’ve met there have found a place in my heart and will never be forgotten.  I’m trying to get used to my daily life in Belgium again, but I’m not letting go of Lisbon just yet.  During my last weeks in Lisbon, I have made sure to photograph all my favorite places so I can put together a real ‘au pays des merveilles’ Lisbon guide for you.  So in the next few weeks you can expect a lot of posts about charming cafés and cool bars, which will be concluded with a little overview so you can easily find what you are looking for if you would make a trip to this amazing city.  However, I didn’t spent all my time in Lisbon these last weeks, I also made a short roadtrip with some friends to Peniche, Fatima, Coimbra and Porto.  The photos from this trip are being developed as we speak, so you can expect those too once I’ve gotten around scanning them.

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STREET ART IN LISBON

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I have already dedicated two posts (here and here) to street art in Lisbon, and here is yet another one.  Lisbon is just filled with it!  In the next photos you see the famous graffiti on avenida almirante reis, by  Lucy MclauchlanSAM3, and BLU,  work by  Alexandre Farto (aka Vhils) (also featured in this post), urban knitting and one of the many noses (take a good look at the photo!) that were at one moment everywhere in Lisbon.

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ALMADA

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A while ago, I showed you pictures from a trip I made to the christo rei statue that’s facing Lisbon from the other side of the river. You already saw some (digital) photos, but I hadn’t showed these analog ones yet that I took on the way over there, while it was still light enough to experiment a little bit with my new (old) camera.

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CARCAVELOS

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After one week of absence from the blog, I’m back from my roadtrip to the north of Portugal and showing architects from Leuven around in Lisbon.  I have one more week left in this wonderful, wonderful city, and I’m planning to enjoy it to the fullest.  In the mean time, I have some posts planned for you with analog photos from my 5 month stay here, starting with these from back in october, when my best friend visited me and we spent an afternoon at the beach.  Good times.

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EXPLORED_ La Bohème in Porto

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One last Porto tip today: this lovely coffee shop slash cocktail bar in rua das galerias de paris, where you can also find this wonderful shop.  In La Bohème, we found tasty cocktails on the well designed menu card for a very fair price and we enjoyed them in a beautiful interior, of which you can see more photos here. (Unfortunately it was a bit too dark to take decent photos myself, but luckily there’s the internet to solve that!)

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CASA DA MUSICA

casa da musica via au pays des merveillesDuring our trip to Porto (of which I told your more last week here and here), one of the things we couldn’t miss, was visiting Casa da Musica, the famous concert hall by OMA.   Unfortunately we could only see the entrance hall and the café from inside, since the rest of the building was closed, but nevertheless we enjoyed it and of course I took loads of photos!

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A VIDA PORTUGUESA

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You already know I have a slight obsession with beautiful packaging (see my branding pinterest board and thisthis and  this post), so when I entered  ‘A Vida Portuguesa‘, I thought I was in heaven.  This store sells all kinds of authentic portuguese products, from sea salt to soap and from notebooks to sardines and all are wrapped in the most beautiful packaging.  Unfortunately it’s a little bit expensive, and some of these items you can find cheaper in local drug stores, but the shop is beau-ti-ful and it’s fascinating to roam around and check out everything they sell.  The photos from this post are taken when I went  to Porto (it’s one of the shops in Rua da galeria de paris, which I talked about yesterday), but they also have a shop in Lisbon, located in a really cool old building but a lot smaller.  Anyway, if you’re in Lisbon or Porto and looking for souvenirs, this is where you should go.

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PORTO

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When one of my friends wanted to come and visit me, it turned out it was much easier to meet in Porto than for her to come to Lisbon.  Since I hadn’t been in Porto yet, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to discover another portuguese city.  We started our 2 day trip with a free walking tour, offered to us by the hostel where we were staying.  (The hostel was lovely so if you’re looking for one in Porto, this one is approved by au pays des merveilles!) and later on discovered the city a little bit more on our own.  Especially rua da galeria de paris caught or attention, with it’s interesting shops and bars (I’ll show you some later!) and the hand made market that was going on.

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LX FACTORY

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I’ve already posted about LX factory before and recommended it to a lot of people and everyone seemed to love it.  And so did I, obviously!  After the first time, I went there three weeks in a row to check out the market.  The market changes every time, so this time I found an artist creating wooden boxes as wall decoration (he has more interesting one’s than the one in the photo, but unfortunately I don’t have good photos of those and I don’t know his name… bad blogger!), decorative roosters and birds (so portuguese) and tasty looking soap.  Me and my friends enoyed some portuguese pasteis and coffee at café na fabrica, of which you already saw the terrace (last photo in this post), but this time I also photographed the lovely interior for you. (Good blogger!)   However, these times I also wandered around the site a little bit more and discovered that the more quiet part is pretty interesting too, with lots of graffiti and interesting spaces.  I really wouldn’t mind having my office here someday!

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OLA LISBOA

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Here’s a little collection of random photos I’ve taken during my stay in Lisbon: in here you see some photos I took in Alfama and Mouraria, when I joined a friend who is a tour guide on one of his walking tours, there’s also some photos of the view from the miradouro da santa catarina, one of my favorite places in the city, and from when I was on my way to LX factory with some friends and we stopped at the miradouro next to the national museum of ancient art, where you often find old people playing cards and from where you have a view at the port.  You’ll see photos of my own discoveries in Lisbon, when I was wandering the streets while looking for an apartment.  On one photo you see my friend taking a rest from feira da ladra, and on another my friends buying ginginja from a lady who makes it herself and sells it from her living room window.   There’s also a photo of my friends getting pastries at the illegal bakery (that’s right! If you know where to go, you can find delicious pastries at 4 in the morning!) and a photo of the nightly view you have from the roof (a perfect spot to chill out at night) of the oasis backpacker’s hostel, my second home here in Lisbon.  (I feel like I need to dedicate a post to that place, if anyone is looking for a hostel in Lisbon, that’s definitely where you should go.)

As you can imagine, there’s a lot of photos after the break, but if you’re interested, here you can find all my posts about Lisbon.

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STREET ART IN LISBON

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When I visited Lisbon last year, I dedicated a post to all the wonderful street art I came across, and this year I’m doing the same.  I’ve gathered quite a lot of photos over the past few months, so take a look after the break!

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FEIRA DA LADRA

au pays des merveillesFeira da ladra, or the ‘thieves market’, is a huge flea market that is held every tuesday and saturday at Campo de Santa Clara in Lisbon.  Rumor has it that if you get robbed in the city, you can find your stolen goods here and buy them back.  There’s a lot of junk here, but you can also find nice bags, clothing, jewelry, furniture and other vintage treasures.  Oh, and this also where I go to find cheap batteries!

Next to the market, you also find little shops here, selling gorgeous old books (like the Jules Verne series, I’m tempted to get one just because they are so beautiful, even though my portuguese is not good enough to be able to actually read them), leather backpacks and contemporary portuguese design. (By the way, you’ve already seen this market on the blog: photo two and three in this post.)

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SAUDADE

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I’m spending this week at home with my parents and sister, to celebrate christmas with my family, catch up with my friends and do some studying (unfortunately).  Being away from Lisbon, even if only for a few days, I already miss it!  That’s going to be though when I have to get home in february to finish my semester in Belgium…  Anyway, like I already told you many times, I still have tons of photos to show you of my favorite city.  I thought I’d start with these analog photos, taken with an old nikon reflex camera that my grandparents gave me before I left.  This black and white film was actually still in there from when they used it!  You’ve already seen some of the photos I took with it in my post about the manifestations, but here’s the rest of them.  The quality is not that good since I didn’t have a scanner in Lisbon (I took photos of the photos – inception!), but I still like them very much.

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TAPADA DAS NECESSIDADES

Tapada das necessidades is where during september outjazz took place.  I’ve showed you this park when it was filled with people, music and a wonderful atmosphere, but when there’s no festival going on, it’s a place-to-be as well.  In some places you feel like you’re in a jungle, and then there’s that old greenhouse and other abandoned buildings waiting for you to be discovered.

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CRISTO REI

 

Whenever you’re on a miradouro (a viewpoint) in Lisbon and you look across the river, there’s Jesus staring right back at you.  So together with a friend, I went on a little adventure to ‘the other side’ of Lisbon.  Instead of taking the ‘normal’ road through the city up to the statue, we opted for a little bit more exploring so we walked along the river and later ventured through some abandoned buildings to get up the hill.  We left a little bit too late and didn’t bring any flashlights, so it became a little bit more adventurous than we aimed for, but we made it to Cristo Rei right when they were closing, and the sweet nun let us in anyway, so we got a private nighttime view.  

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CHAPITO

Chapito is another one of those places where you have to go if you’re ever in Lisbon.  This circus school also houses a restaurant, including a terrace with a wonderful view and a bar where regularly a band plays on a former swimming pool which is transformed into a stage.  Every sunday you can come here for live african music and in my experience, it’s always good!

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CCB

One of the things I was really looking forward to when my best friend came to see me in Lisbon, was paying a visit to the CCB, or the Centro Cultural de Belém.  We both love visiting museums of modern art (the fact that we spent all our money on museums when we were in Vienna says enough) so this was a must-do during her stay.  The CCB was one of the most fun museums we’ve visited together: one of the artworks included a sandpit, parrots, a tent and required bare feet, while another one existed out of a room with mattresses on the floor, rock’n’roll music and projections all over.  I’ll warn you right now for the photo overload, but I just couldn’t resist showing you all the wonderful art this museum has on display!  Oh – and they get two thumbs up for their creative use of signage!

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IGREJA DO CARMO

The former convent, Convento da Ordem do Carmo, and it’s church were severely damaged during the earthquake in Lisbon in 1755.  Until this day, the ruins of the Igreja do Carmo, are the biggest proof of the earthquake.  Nowadays, it’s an archeological museum which you can visit for only €2,50 if you’re a student.  In my opinion, you don’t have to go there to see the ‘archeological treasures’, but just to enjoy these breathtaking ruins.

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CENTRE FOR THE UNKNOWN

My best friends’ visit happened to coincide with Open House Lisboa, an event where you can take a tour in several buildings in Lisbon.  As we’re both architects, we couldn’t let this opportunity pass by.  There was just one tiny problem: we expected it to be similar to ‘dag van de architectuur’ in Flanders (you can see some photos of last year’s edition here), where you’re free to visit any building at any time.  So we didn’t subscribe in advance to see any buildings, with the result that we just explored a few buildings from the outside.  So here’s the first batch of photos, from the champalimaud centre for the unknown, which is a research centre for neurosciences and oncology.

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CINEMA LA EM CIMA

Every tuesday, the residents of an appartment building somewhere in Lisbon open their doors to everyone who’s interested.  You go through the building and take the fire escape to the roof of the building.  Here you’ll have an amazing view over the city, get a vegetarian meal for only 3 euros, meet wonderful people and watch an interesting movie.  In short, you’ll have a great evening!  I’m sorry for the bad quality of these photos by the way, they could’ve been so much better if I wouldn’t have slipped on one of Lisbon’s slippery sidewalks when it was raining (and thus even more slippery!), as I broke my 50 mm lens when I fell…  Lisbon gives and takes I guess!

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PRAIA GUINCHO

It took me two weeks before I finally had time to spend a day at the beach, but when I finally found an appartment and got settled, I enjoyed it even more.  With a few friends, we spent an entire day at praia guincho, one of the more beautiful beaches near Lisboa.  Despite the cold when it was getting later, we stayed there until sunset.  So worth it!

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LX FACTORY

Last Sunday, I made a trip to LX factory, an old industrial site which is now a creative island.  Here you can find wonderful shops, nice restaurants and bars, architects, fashion designers, advertising agencies, artists, photographers and so on.  And on top of that, each sunday the LX market takes place, where you can find both vintage and new treasures.

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PERFECT DAYS

I’m having such wonderful times here.  Enjoying outjazz on friday nights with amazing jazz bands, looking out over the river Tejo at the miradouro de Santa Catarina, close to the hostel where I stayed for almost two weeks and met so many lovely people, and close to my new home, that I’m so happy with.  Dancing to the great music at outjazz on sunday’s, meeting even more lovely people.  Life in Lisbon couldn’t be any better.

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SUMMER IN THE CITY

Actually these photos were taken a long time ago, when the Belgian summer showed it’s face a little earlier than expected (and disappeared for way too long after that!)  Leuven can look so good when the sun shines!


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