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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

Miradouro da Rocha Conde de Óbidos

From Pessoa's Lisbon:

Right in front of the wharf he has just left is the Rocha do Conde de Óbido, an eminence crowned with a well kept garden which is reached by two large stone stairways; from the garden itself, at the top, there is a fine view over the river. 

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Alameda Pinheiros - Alta Adjuda - Lisbon

Location

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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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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.

Tom Sparks

Fernando Pessoa and the Embodiment of the Other

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

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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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Time Out Market Lisbon

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Time Out Market Lisbon

At dinner time; location

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Jardem da Estrela Lisbon

This garden was opened in 1873 and has a wonderful collection of exotic succulents and other plants.

Location   photo - 120mm holga analog by tom sparks

 

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Seixal, PT

An example of beatiful decay.

 

 

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Black$ea Não Maya Dj´s

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Music from the Barrio South of Lisbon

From across the Tejo river comes a "post modern music", frenetic, nosiey,  rhythmic and infectious this describes the music of three youg men from the ghettos south of Lisbon, known as Blacksea Não Maya. B.N.M release music via Lisbon's Príncipe record label. The three members of the collective live in the Cucena neighbourhood of Lisbon. Below is a link to a photo story about that side of Lisbon not seen by tourist or many locals.

Life on the fringe of society -

There are three ghettos in the southern outskirts of Lisbon which are occupied by the “Santa Casa Misericordia Seixal” (SCMS) institution: Santa Marta De Corroios, Quinta da Cucena Cucena and Quinta Da Princesa.

In the Corroios ghetto live 900 people, 120 registered families, mostly all are Africa immigrants from the former Portuguese colonies of Capo Verde, Guinea, Sào Tomé, Angola and Moçambique.

Here is a DJ set by B.N.M (Black$ea Não Maya Dj´s) downloadable for your enjoyment. Read more about these new artists at MixMag