Largo da Saúde e Rua da Mouraria

Largo da Saúde e Rua da Mouraria

One of the sites that changed the most since Roque Gameiro illustrated it is the Largo da Saúde. A century ago, it was a small square, right in front of the Capelinha da Senhora da Saúde tucked away between rows of buildings along the Rua da Mouraria, a way out of the north of the city. Now, the cozy square is mostly lost to the wider Martim Moniz square, with its modern glass and concrete buildings of the post-modern era. The narrow Rua da Mouraria remains as a frontier between old and new. (to…Read more
A morning in Clérigos

A morning in Clérigos

Porto, or how foreigners say it, Oporto, is the second largest city in Portugal. Although Lisboa's known as the city of the seven hills (a rip-off from Rome?), Porto is way much hillier. Sitting in the north bank of the winding Douro river, the city pours down along the slopes of dark granite though tight streets, archways and a few ruins. Urban Sketchers Portugal Norte organized a few routes across the city for a sketch meeting - cross sections of Porto's best. Our journey started in the Largo dos Leões, looking the tower of…Read more
Road to the USk Symposium #3

Road to the USk Symposium #3

USk Manchester Symposium day -2 / Simpósio USk em Manchester dia -2 The morning in Liverpool was spent revisiting some places from the day before, such as the Mann Island Buildings, designed by Broadway Malyan, or Bold Street, with Saint Luke's Church peeking from afar. Also, taking a tour through the city bookstores and comic book stores, always a must. A última manhã em Liverpool foi passada a revisitar alguns lugares do dia anterior, tais como os Edifícios de Mann Island, projecto da Broadway Malyan, ou a Bold Street, com a Igreja de São Lucas…Read more
DEKL

DEKL

Not only catholic bells toll in Lisboa. The DEKL (Deutsche Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Lissabon), commonly known in the city as 'the German Church', takes pride in claiming for itself "the only protestant bell, calling for prayers in the Iberian Peninsula". This historical bell lays upon the tower of the 1934 building designed by the german modernist architect Otto Bartning, which used to stand nearly alone in the area once known as Palhavã, but has since been engulfed by a central business district. Em Lisboa não dobram apenas sinos católicos. A DEKL (Deutsche Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Lissabon), conhecida…Read more
Poland sketches #7 Music in Krakow

Poland sketches #7 Music in Krakow

Excerpt of my text in Diários de Viagem 2 (Travelling journals 2) freely translated from the original Portuguese: "I like to focus in people, in their facial features - a legacy from Hugo Pratt, who used to study the features of the different peoples in his stories. The opera-singing lady in a street corner in front of the Church of St. Andrew in the Old Town of Kraków abused her features in a lofty exaggeration. Whereas Sofia, a portuguese girl we stumbled upon rehearsing for a mini fado show a few minutes later, expressed herself…Read more
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