Street art

sure there’s the antiquities, but

yes I adored the history, walking in the footsteps of the Romans, being blown away by the opulence of the Medicis but really the surprising highlight of both Roma & Firenze was the street art 

Roma: by @tvboy for Greenpeace 

Roma: by @tvboy for Greenpeace 

Roma: can’t remember the last time I saw this, and complete with tagged insides too

Roma: can’t remember the last time I saw this, and complete with tagged insides too

Roma, as close as I got to faux gladiators 

Roma, as close as I got to faux gladiators 

Firenze the everywhere art of @cletabrham, @exit/enter, @apo_art and plenty more legacy from #fcvfirenze

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and then the last walk before leaving - ironically to the Uffizi  - threw up a few more.... 

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another city stealing my heart

bizarre end to the bike lane 

bizarre end to the bike lane 

Lisbon has totally captivated me - is it wrong to have a list for what a city needs, I am definitely erring on the not side. 

So the attributes required to make it gritty and liveable I've learnt for me are comprised of four simple things:

Amazing urban spaces and art

street scapes and buildings where too much decoration is never enough.  The 18th and 19thC building tiles have morphed for 21stC into tags, throwups and murals; adornment seems to be in the DNA here.

 

why limit yourself to one lion

why limit yourself to one lion

crazily they get stolen off the walls and sold : who does that? 

crazily they get stolen off the walls and sold : who does that? 

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can't believe I found @utopía.artist again - Valparisio via loads of places to Lisboa  

can't believe I found @utopía.artist again - Valparisio via loads of places to Lisboa  

Killer coffee and food 

since 1950 cork tree wood fired coffee roaster  

since 1950 cork tree wood fired coffee roaster  

where coffee with milk is an abberation

where a steak sandwich is dessert

where a pasteis is breakfast

where you get ripe cheese and aged port at the local store 

when I grow up my bodega will only sell cheese, fruit and port too

when I grow up my bodega will only sell cheese, fruit and port too

where you can eat barnacles

Gooseneck barnacles and an imperial the best second lunch 

Gooseneck barnacles and an imperial the best second lunch 

Close to the water

Pedestrian friendly

and lastly totally walkable ideally with hills and doubling back narrow roads (and yes ok, old school gyms) 

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aptly named

road tripping - and car camping, except for the super cold north side wind chill anyone - through Iceland has been the most visually stunning experience.

nothing except being in the car and hiking following our eyes with wheels and feet onto the next gorgeous vista. 

just a typical next bend view

just a typical next bend view

Day 1 : Exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Road 4 > Road 1 > Road 54 

Braarbaut 

Braarbaut 

right on the edge of the Greenland Sea

right on the edge of the Greenland Sea

Day 2: Exploring the wild Westfjords in splendid isolation

Road 54 > Road 60 > F Road 66 > Road 61

sunrise at Grundarfjörður

sunrise at Grundarfjörður

mark II

mark II

the stunning fjords

the stunning fjords

thermal pool addiction commences at Reykjanesvegur

thermal pool addiction commences at Reykjanesvegur

Day 3: North Iceland and ridiculously only 60km south of the Arctic Circle

Road 61 > Road 68 > Road 1 > Road 85 > Road 87 > Road 1 > Road 860 

Akureyri Harbour  

Akureyri Harbour  

Godafoss  

Godafoss  

Myvatn Lake top of the crater

Myvatn Lake top of the crater

Myvatn Lake, well the lava fields bit

Myvatn Lake, well the lava fields bit

Day 4: Finishing the North and heading down the East

Road 1 > Road 93 > Road 92 > Road 96 > Road 1 > Road 99

Hverir lava fields  

Hverir lava fields  

Eastern Fjords

Eastern Fjords

late afternoon sunshine near Hofn  

late afternoon sunshine near Hofn  

Day 5: East Coast Glaciers and Waterfalls

Road 1 > loads of unnumbered turnoffs > Road 1

Yep.  not a glacier, but who can resist Icelandic Ponies... 

Yep.  not a glacier, but who can resist Icelandic Ponies... 

  Jokulsarlon  glacier lagoon

 Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon

end of the Jokulsarlon galcier lagoon

end of the Jokulsarlon galcier lagoon

hiking the Skafatell national park 

hiking the Skafatell national park 

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Fjardragljufur Canyon  

Fjardragljufur Canyon  

Day 6: South Iceland black sand beaches and waterfalls

Road 1 > Road 215 > Road 218 > Road 1 > Road 30 > Road 35 > Road 37

start of the hike to look over Reynifsarja Beach

start of the hike to look over Reynifsarja Beach

basalt columns Reynifsarja beach

basalt columns Reynifsarja beach

only 468 steps to reach the top of Skogafoss

only 468 steps to reach the top of Skogafoss


Day 7 : South West, Golden Circle, Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Penisula

Road 365 > Road 36 > Road 1 > Road 41 > Road 45 > Road 44 > Road 245 > Road 43

the bloody thirsty and macabre Þingvellir historic site & national park

the bloody thirsty and macabre Þingvellir historic site & national park

mark II

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Reykjavik street art  

Reykjavik street art  

basalt church Hvalsneskirja

basalt church Hvalsneskirja

relics and reclaimed city

So Berlin, totally captivated.

It's the simple stuff super connected public transport, a city brought back to life by immigration, repurposed public space, super cool legacy reclaimed spaces.

been about street art    

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can't remember last time I saw #paintedtrains

can't remember last time I saw #paintedtrains

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sunsets and beer 

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unbelievably awesome linked up public transport, with essentially an honour system ticketing approach plus crazy on the spot fines

beer gardens like you imagine, plus crazy arts/music/outdoor space mashups  

and rhubarb juice @https://www.pratergarten.de/

and rhubarb juice @https://www.pratergarten.de/

and coffee @raw-gelande

and coffee @raw-gelande

and trying to get a handle on the Cold War, I now know I wouldn't cope in a 14 day shelter with 3338 people!  lucky they've all been decommissioned  

Machinations of Stasi, completely worth exploring, gorgeous furniture vs appalling techniques and legacy  

subway station Pankstrasse doubling as a fallout shelter

subway station Pankstrasse doubling as a fallout shelter

H1 Stasi main administrative building, now http://www.stasimuseum.de/

H1 Stasi main administrative building, now http://www.stasimuseum.de/

Prisoner transfer van, disguised as delivery truck 

Prisoner transfer van, disguised as delivery truck 

stained glass

stained glass

Minister's Secretariat phone - complete with instructions about who he would speak to and how his breakfast had to be laid out

Minister's Secretariat phone - complete with instructions about who he would speak to and how his breakfast had to be laid out

NYC in delay

NYC - and to be specific Brooklyn was all about art and walking.

Manhattan storms  

Manhattan storms  

So much beauty in the street art, all the way back to the subway commissions to memorials to pieces.  

words not in the least necessary

 

little Italy @solusstreetart

little Italy @solusstreetart

East Harlem #segoyovbal

East Harlem #segoyovbal

Bushwick

Bushwick

bed-stuy #rockoandzimmer

bed-stuy #rockoandzimmer

Bushwick 

Bushwick 

East Williamsburg FC Crew

East Williamsburg FC Crew

7th Avenue subway  

7th Avenue subway  

back in CDMX

back to one of my favourite cities, CDMX.

proof made it out of the city limits : Avenue of the Dead, Teotihuacan

proof made it out of the city limits : Avenue of the Dead, Teotihuacan

Six pretty simple reasons: 

1.  unbelievably good food wherever you look from the street vendors to the local restaurants to a world top 50

market tostada <$2

market tostada <$2

2.  gorgeous - even if some is a little tired - architecture

 

could that slant have anything to do with abandonment? 

could that slant have anything to do with abandonment? 

3.  old school muscle cars in regular use 

Miguel Hidalgo hood

Miguel Hidalgo hood

4.  informal urban planning from fantastic street art and sculptures

 

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5.  quirky local barrio museos and the world class serious ones too

 

Museo del juguete antiguo México  

Museo del juguete antiguo México  

Museo de la memoria y tolerancia

Museo de la memoria y tolerancia

6.  a wonderful city for walking, moving through each barrio feels like a change with new vibe and feel, always new

beaches, geeking, cityscapes

nowhere near enough time for Panamá (for reasons beyond me can't get across any border in Central American without an onward ticket super frustrating when you guess awesomeness or lack thereof wrong) sure it's a small country but filled with amazingness

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so limited to exploring just 2 spots - San Blas Islands and Panama City, totally beyond expectations it's an awesome city architectural mishmash of skyscrapers vs 18th Century vs Spanish Mission 

 

sunrise and PTY masquerading as Miami

sunrise and PTY masquerading as Miami

UNESCO Casco Viejo slowly fixing the decay

UNESCO Casco Viejo slowly fixing the decay

very much a food, coffee and street art city

Central Ave Panama City  

Central Ave Panama City  

oh and not forgetting the Panama Canal, no way worth missing  the opportunity to sail through this pretty incredible engineering feat (it was completed in 1914) - ships go thru 24/7 365 days a year...daily gross around $6M

 

inside the miraflores lock

inside the miraflores lock

city hiking resulted in a toucan spot, but no sloths but with views like this close to immaterial

Parqué Natural Metropolitano

Parqué Natural Metropolitano

and the indescribably stunning San Blas Islands, I always though cartoon islands were imagined, but no they absolutely exist

Isla Niadup

Isla Niadup

Isla Sirdichup

Isla Sirdichup

Isla Niadup

Isla Niadup

Bogotá + rain = finding the street art

wanting to be outside but rain hampering biking meant the day on foot with the streets as my gallery

 

wall of cats : APC www.animalez.org

wall of cats : APC www.animalez.org

@orfanatostudiograffiti

@orfanatostudiograffiti

sublime stencil work : @stinkfishstink

sublime stencil work : @stinkfishstink

mandala : APC www.animalez.org

mandala : APC www.animalez.org

metamorfosis : nepo son corographico apc records

metamorfosis : nepo son corographico apc records

saint hell cat exert : @wardesignco

saint hell cat exert : @wardesignco

Bogotá via Mexico : @Hugo.Huitzi

Bogotá via Mexico : @Hugo.Huitzi

@veraprimavera

@veraprimavera

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1/3 wall : APC www.animalez.org

1/3 wall : APC www.animalez.org

@stinkfishstink APC www.animalez.org

@stinkfishstink APC www.animalez.org

DJLU @JuegoSiempre

DJLU @JuegoSiempre

DJLU @JuegoSiempre

DJLU @JuegoSiempre

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eyes I : @rodez_art

eyes I : @rodez_art

eyes II : @rodez_art

eyes II : @rodez_art

nómada : nomadagraffiti.blogspot.com.co&nbsp;

nómada : nomadagraffiti.blogspot.com.co 

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marker of the city : La Paz

Always a marker of how much I like a city is the street art.  La Paz has it in spades running the gamut political, murals, tags, pieces, throwups. All over.  Love this city^

no further words necessary

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&nbsp;El Marsh ojocerrado.com

 El Marsh ojocerrado.com

@jodidodiego

@jodidodiego

@jodidoiego

@jodidoiego

acme2

acme2

#asarte21

#asarte21

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#21F Día de la Mentira [day of the lies] one year since the referendum results ignored

#21F Día de la Mentira [day of the lies] one year since the referendum results ignored

^21F tear gas and all

^21F tear gas and all