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New York in Winter

Travelling to New York in April you notice that it’s still much colder there than in Europe. There was a major blizzard right before we arrived in 2018 (the last one in the season), and the mood in the city was rather grim. Though it’s not a bad time to visit the city as it was not as packed as I usually imagine it to be. There were some quiet moments to have, even in busy Manhattan. Time to look around and observe the last moments of winter right before the dawn of spring.

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A Day in Washington D.C.

Being in Washington D.C. in 2018 you feel the turmoil on the streets. There are lively discussions between strangers about the country and it’s future. Very often between tourists from within America, many of them from conservative states, and mostly liberal and black locals. It’s a political town and one that tries to encapsulate the rich American history within walking distance. It feels like an open air museum sometimes, but there are different parts of the city of course. Like the American society itself DC is hard to grapple and can mean different things to different people. The city is interesting for sure and worth a visit.

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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.

Details of Portugal

This year again, as in 2017 before, I had the chance to visit one of the most picturesque countries in Europe and also my former home – Portugal. Most of the pictures I wanted to share with you from these particular two trips I did so already, you will find them here, here or here. However I did not share them all. There are some shots I didn’t yet put on the website. I combined them into the series below titled “Details of Portugal”.

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The Golden City

The “Golden City” of course is Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic or Czechia. It is one of the oldest cities in Central Europe and it was the most important metropolis in the region for many centuries. Prague was a multicultural city with Czech, German and Jewish populations living there and a tremendously rich place as well, being a cultural, political and economical hub in Europe. Because of that fact probably it was called golden, but also maybe because of the many golden tower roofs visible from afar or of the myths surrounding alchemists working in the city. There are plenty other legends about Prague of course, one well known is the story of the Golem, a monster who was said to live in the Jewish quarter. For sure though it can be said that over many centuries Prague accumulated an astounding assemble of architecture, reaching from medieval gothic buildings, to baroque and art noveau structures. No wonder the city is a living museum of European history today.

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