Graffiti

the winter that wasn’t meant to be

So the original intent wasn’t to do a European winter, almost a month in and the past week has proved to me there are some redeeming aspects. 

Exhibit I: Urban area snow 

Hambleden

Hambleden

getting to lay the first footsteps, Hambleden weir

getting to lay the first footsteps, Hambleden weir

Exhibit II: Public Art on the stark Vitava riverside and surrounds of Prague

David Cerny - babies

David Cerny - babies

David Cerny - hanging man (with bird) 

David Cerny - hanging man (with bird) 

Jaroslav Róna - Kafka

Jaroslav Róna - Kafka

Exhibit III: Prague = barren parks, icy breath and awesome buildings

a city solely of throw-ups

a city solely of throw-ups

National theatre  

National theatre  

Prague Castle complex totally enthralled me...proving nothing can be too over the top

St Vitus Cathedral I

St Vitus Cathedral I

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St Vitus Cathedral II

St Vitus Cathedral III

St Vitus Cathedral III

Old Jewish cemetery   

Old Jewish cemetery

 

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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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  

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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 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