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I am not one to make recommendations for places that you may or may not enjoy, however my philosophy is walking and wandering the streets will bring unknown treasures to you.

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Tom Sparks

Tom's Lisbon List (in progress)

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Toms List

 

I am not one to make recommendations for places that you may or may not enjoy, however my philosophy is walking and wandering the streets will bring unknown treasures to you. I have listed a series of viewpoints and parks that are found in interesting neighborhoods. Your mileage may vary but I enjoyed each and every listing.

 

Parks and View Points (Parç - Miradour)

Miradouro de Santa Catarina (Barrio Alto)

Arco da Rua Augusta (Baixa)

Castelo de São Jorge (Alfalma)

Miradouro das Portas do Sol (Alfalma)

Miradouro da Graça  (Graca)

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte  (Graça Neighborhood)

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara (Barrio Alto / Principal Real)

 

Parks or Buildings

Jardim Botto Machado Alfalma

Igreja de São Vicente de Fora Alfalma

Panteão Nacional  Alfalma

Jardim do Torel   Mártires da Pátria

Praça Das Flores  Principal Real

 

Tom Sparks

Bricolage of History

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In The Savage Mind (1962), the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss used the word bricolage to describe the characteristic patterns of mythological thought. Bricolage is the skill of using whatever is at hand and recombining them to create something new. [link]

After the earthquake of 1755 rubble from the destroyed building was used as infill, the engineers and architech's developed a technique they named Pamblaino after the ‘Marquês de Pombal’ [link]

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Matisse In Tangier

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Fenêtre à Tanger, Matisse 1912

Photo by Bernard Moutin 

The photo above was taken by French photographer Bernard Moutin from the sameroom and window that Henri Matisse  occupied when he painted the WIndow at Tangier.

Via: Wikipedia

Window at Tangier by Henri Matisse (1912 - The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow); also referred to as La Fenêtre à Tanger, Paysage vu d'une fenêtre, and Landscape viewed from a window, Tangiers.

An example of Matisse's paintings after the colorful revolution of his Fauvism period. After several trips outside France Matisse became interested in the Islamic art of North Africa. He visited Morocco in 1912 and 1913. Window in Tangier, with its bold color and flat perspective reflects a Moroccan influence in Matisse's work.

This was among several works acquired directly from Matisse in Paris by the Russian collector Ivan Morozov. After the Russian Revolution the Morozov collection was confiscated and eventually by 1948 the collection was donated to the public along with the Sergei Shchukin collection, at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow and the Hermitage in St Petersburg.

  

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Pessoa's Guide to Lisbon

This guidebook on Lisbon by Pessoa was found in the author's paper "trunk" in the late 80's as a bunch of unordered typewritten pages. The book was finished in the end of 1925 according to some references in the text. The original version, written in English.

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Fernando Pessoa and the Embodiment of the Other

Doing some background research on Pessoa and his concept of the Heteronym.

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DIck Sparks

My father and mother came to Hawaii to visit in 1970 while I lived on Oahu. My dad instilled in me the hipster attitude, so blame him :0

photo by Barbara Sparks

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Roof Tops of Lisbon

Look closely, expand to full size. This photo could easliy be a composite or a collage, the roof tops appear sho chaotic and seem to merge and overlap. This a true phot however and it highlights one of lisbon's attributes organic street pattern and the chance for something completely different around any corner.

Look to the top right , see how far up the hill the Estrella Basilica is.

 

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Invisible Interzone

Julia Melcher describes the world of these expat American writers in her essay “Invisible Interzone,” in the most recent issue of Critical Muslim.

Tangier: a city of many legends, myths and dreams. A gate between different worlds: real and unreal, seen and unseen, magic and sometimes even tragic. In the middle of the twentieth century, the International Zone of Tangier, located at the Strait of Gibraltar, not only guarded the passage to Europe and the Mediterranean Sea but also embodied a sanctuary for outcasts, for people living on the margins, for adventurers and fugitives from Western societies. Artists, criminals, lost souls and sensation seekers found a home in a city they never really belonged to. 

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Selected Articles of Andrew Feenberg

Social and Literary Critique

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From: The Work of Art in The Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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Mankind, which in Homer’s time was an object of contemplation for the Olympian gods, is now one for itself. Its self-alienation has reached such a degree that it can experience its own destruction as aesthetic pleasure of the first order....... Walter Benjamin

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Time Out Market Lisbon

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Time Out Market Lisbon

At dinner time; location

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Traveler, your footprints

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Traveler, your footprints
are the only road, nothing else.
Traveler, there is no road;
you make your own path as you walk.
As you walk, you make your own road,
and when you look back
you see the path
you will never travel again.
Traveler, there is no road;
only a ship's wake on the sea