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Azulejos of Portugal: 2019 Edition

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In 2015 I put up a series about Portuguese tile art on this website. The article is still one of the most clicked on here. A couple of years later I want to start the year with coming back to the topic and showing more of these magnificent Azulejos, as they are called. This time around though they are not as clean and shiny, they are more washed out, sprayed, beaten and even rusty. They tell stories of everyday life in Portugal, how nature blends in with them and how street artists use them as canvas.

A Journey to the Gulf of Naples

Naples, located at the Vesuvius volcano, and its surroundings were praised by many travellers throughout history. There is a famous saying that states: “See Naples and die!”. The german poet Goethe famously expressed it would be beautiful, “even if a few more Vesuviuses were to rise in the neighbourhood”. Picturesque is also the coast of Amalfi close by and the island of Capri. The magic happens in the evening though when the sun is setting in and the sky turns red, the Gulf of Naples being one of my favourite spots in the world for sunsets.

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A Journey through England

England is a particularly rich country when it comes to history and traditions. There are old mansions and ruins scattered all through the country, surrounded very often by beautiful nature and accompanied by lovely gardens. Especially nice is South England, which consists of an interesting and sometimes even weird looking coast lines. Get yourself a nice cup of tea, find a place with a great view and enjoy yourself!

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Discovering Roma

Wandering through the many labyrinth-like streets of Rome is like walking through history itself. At every corner there is a church or monument with significance. But what makes Rome are the people and their culture. The Romans are enjoying themselves and their lifestyle, which consists of spending time with friends and having a good wine and dinner. Don’t dare to leave Rome without having tried some of the local cuisine! And there is more than just Pizza (although it is delicious over here to be fair).

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