Monday, June 24, 2019

Portugal 3-More Tile!

So much beautiful tile...

Tile wall - Tomar
Tile wall - Tomar
Tile wall - National Museum of Tile - Lisbon
Tile fountain - Sintra
Tile window - Lisbon
Tile wall - Lisbon
Tile wall - Lisbon
Tile Sign - Lisbon
Tile wall - Lisbon
Tile wall - Lisbon
Tile bench - Tomar

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Portugal 2-Azulejo

Everywhere you look in Portugal, there is decorative tile (Azulejo in Portuguese). And I took pictures every chance I got.

Blue and white is popular but there are many different colors as well. Sometimes there will be just one kind of tile but other times there is pattern upon pattern. The doors, windows and balconies are often decorated with wrought iron as well so that every turn is a visual feast.

Door - Tomar
Window - Lisbon
Balcony - Lisbon
Windows - Lisbon
Balcony - Porto
Window - Lisbon
Church Window - Porto
Balcony - Porto
Window- Tomar
Train Station - Vila Franca de Xira
I spent an enjoyable morning at the National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo) which was an easy 20 minute walk from the Santa Apolónia train station in Lisbon. The museum is located in the former Convent of Madre Deus, dating from 1509, so in addition to seeing all the tiles, the building itself is worth the visit. At the bookshop, I purchased a book called "Tiles in Lisbon" which is just photos of tiles (you can purchase the book on Amazon here). The book was shrink wrapped so I didn't open it until I returned home. In the back of the book was a whole pamphlet with self-guided walks around Lisbon to view the tiles. 
Something for next time!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Girls Trip-Portugal

Portugal was on my list of places to visit so when a high school friend suggested a trip, I jumped at the opportunity. I travelled with two high school friends - Girls Trip - and had a fabulous time. We visited Lisbon, Tomar, Obidos, Sintra, Evora, and Porto. I learned a little Portuguese and was easily able to navigate the train and subway system. There is so much history - castles from the 11th century, Roman ruins and much, much more.

One of the things that struck me was all the color.

Street in Lisbon
Balcony Lisbon
Doorway Tomar
Doorway Óbidos
Rooftop Óbidos
Balcony Porto
Wall detail Lisbon
Wall detail Lisbon
Window Óbidos

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