Lisbon Love: Colours & Exteriors

Lisbon Love: Colours & Exteriors

Lisbon. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

But, where to start?

This post took forever to get up (a month, to be exact). Firstly, I had a 100,000,001 photos to sort through. Secondly, I find it hard to put into words how wonderful this city is and just how much I love it. But, I will attempt to describe this magical place anyway, for those of you that have never been.

Lisbon, Portugal's capital city, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. A study in colour, this muilti-cultural capital is a refreshing mix of modern and historical charm. It is the prettiest place I have ever visited. Sherbert-coloured buildings and red tiled rooftops face the sparkling Atlantic Ocean on steep, cobblestone streets that glisten in the sun (really), while the quaint sound of trams rings through the air. Alongside dusty pink and bright yellow facades, are walls adorned with vibrant street art and intricately detailed hand-painted tiles. This visual feast is accompanied by the haunting lamentations of Fado that waft through the doors of tiny cafes where locals serve "Ginjinha" (a mouthwatering liqueur made from sour cherries). In the evenings, sunset-lit squares by the waterfront is where one dines alfresco on fresh seafood while sipping on cocktails and "garoto" (espresso with hot milk) all through the evening, as if no one has to get up early the next day. Sound too romantic to be true? I know. But this was the Lisbon I came to know, and fell for. Anyone would be totally enamoured. 

Lisbon is also home to other things I love, such as pastries and sunshine. And white Port wine! Lisbon introduced me to white Port wine, and it is delicious. Now that I am back home, I find myself eating sardines, listening to Carminho, and dreaming about the day I might return to this beautiful place, learn Portuguese, and paint "Azulejos" all day (the Portuguese word for tile, which translates literally into "polished stone").

I hope these photos I took of my future home (put it out there) give you a sense of the beauty of this delightful city. I had so many photos, that there will quite possibly be a 'Lisbon Love Part 2: Tiles and Interiors'. So, check back in with us soon. You have enough to keep you going in the meantime!

"Tchau" for now.

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Photos by Rhiannon Johnson

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