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Just back from a few days away in Portugal – Lisbon and Sintra.

Here’s Lisbon looking moody (read that as bad weather) My umbrella, gloves and hat were the best things I packed.


When in Portugal you must partake of the Pastel de nata – a Portuguese egg tart pastry that it’s famous for.

And of course there are old and new tiled buildings everywhere.

Heaven for the pattern lover here!

This was my favourite tile and that’s no men feat because I probably photographed 50 plus!

And of course one must ride on and also photograph the ubiquitous old yellow tram.

We also went out to Sintra (an hour away from Lisbon) a lovely rich, old town bursting with old palaces and old mansions with beautiful gardens to explore. The stand-out place being this: The Pena Palace.

There are more (and different) photos over on my Instagram account  here if you enjoyed.

 

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We had some time away visiting family in Portugal recently.

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Such lovely colours to capture, from blues and golds inside and out to sun bleached plaster walls – there is colour reference to collect at every turn.

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We don’t venture very far but that’s fine because I can always find an old weather-beaten door and a hand door knocker to photograph!

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Or a nice graphic road sign – this guy crossing the road amused me – what if we all had road signs in our national costumes?

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We visited the fish market on a break during our Segway tour (the most fun – try it if you ever get the chance) and that little fishy dishy came home with us.

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Home to the rain 😦

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I love walking foreign streets with camera in hand (and good weather) stopping to rest wherever a nice cafe presents itself.

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If you asked me to walk across Birmingham in the same way I probably wouldn’t be interested because it’s the newness of an unknown culture and geography that is attractive.

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 The opportunity to see life acted out away from the main streets.

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 I liked seeing people’s roof garden’s, watch them feeding their caged birds, seeing them take their children out to play in the communal playgrounds.

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I’m a sucker for an old crumbly plastered wall, an ornate door knocker, any decorative detailing or chance glimpses of people living their lives at home.

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And I see pattern designs everywhere; blocks of colour next to tiny line details and shapes in cement, wood, wire and metal.

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Ola. I have been on a little trip this past week. Any guesses where?

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We had a holiday in the Algarve, Portugal with a trip across the border to Seville in Spain.

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People (especially us Brit’s) did you know, can you remember, that the sun actually shines in other places around the world?! Thick coats and boots are not always necessary. Snow is found on mountain peaks not driveways and pavements! It’s a revelation.

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Apart from some welcome rays of sun to lighten the mood, it was refreshing to get away and see some new sights and colours and soak up some inspiration.

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I love mooching around foreign shops, anything from hardware stores to fancy pants ones. However nothing came home from the Spanish dress shop you’ll be relieved to hear!

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There was one very desirable shop full of gorgeous packages. But Ryan air baggage allowance meant I had to content myself with photographs.

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I love wandering streets abroad because when places are unfamiliar, everything is usually a welcome surprise and Seville was full of lovely tiled street names or religious icons.

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″A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” Moslih Eddin Saadi

I love this quote because it reminds me to actually come home and work from the hundreds of photos that got taken and to feed off the inspiration that new sights have brought before it’s dissipated and forgotten. So that’s what I’m up to this week.

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