Whether you look up or down, left or right, you will see the tiles. Colorful azulejos -traditional ceramic tiles – decorate walls of Lisbon. Sometimes they depict insightful scenes from daily life. Original azulejos introduced by the Moors in the 8th century were cut into simple geometric shapes and predominantly blue and white. With time colorful azulejos became fashionable. Below
Have you hared of the Social Cities Index? It measures the world’s most sociable cities. The Social Cities Index is a study on global sociability created by Hostelworld and Foresight Factory. They researched ‘sociability’ based on ten distinct categories such as the frequency with which people socialize, openness and the ‘propensity to party.’ The study analyzed the social
Kraków (Cracow) is the second largest cities in Poland. It is also one of the oldest ones. This city, situated on the Wisła (Vistula) river, has been one of the leading centers of academic, cultural, and artistic life in Poland for centuries. As such, it is a must see for urban travelers, architecture lovers, or history buffs.
Some time ago we shared with you our impressions of Canal Saint Martin, a gentrifying, 19th century waterway in Paris. Canal Saint Martin is known as a great summer hangout located in picturesque 10th and 19 arrondissements. Below we share our moments from our last visit in Paris during a hot October day. As you can see, Canal Saint Martin looked totally different but equally
Belgium gathers some of the greatest artists that create the most impressive public art. From giant murals to interesting structures, Belgian public is actively engaged in an active dialogue in public spaces where public art is located. This ten meter-high church – Doorkijkkerk, or Reading Between the Lines – made of 100 layers of steel palettes is
The town of Monschau is located in the narrow valley of the Rur river on the border of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Monschau was historically known for its cloth-mills, today popular mainly with tourists. Picturesque, narrow streets have remained nearly unchanged for more than hundreds of years. Perfect location for a weekend getaway and for overindulging in cuteness. Below
Canal Saint Martin has been on our Paris bucket list for some time already. Recently my Parisian colleague confirmed that this gentrifying, 19th century waterway is a great summer hangout. Namely, in recent years, this shabby-chic area in northeastern Paris started drawing trendy crowds. Iron-footbridges, cosy restaurants, cute shops, and interesting architecture make for a picturesque district
What today feels like an urban oasis 10 meters above the street level were once rail tracks, which linked Place de la Bastille with Varenne-Saint-Maur since 1859. The Coulée verte René-Dumont, also known as the Promenade Plantée, was converted into the world’s first elevated park walkway in 1993. At that time most residents thought that redevelopment of