Tuesday, March 14, 2006

lisboa

"The best way to travel is to feel." --Fernando Pessoa (via the heteronym Álvaro de Campos)

Nonetheless, I flew to Lisbon...


which contains peacocks...
lots and lots of tiles...

me and my friend (briefly!)...

a church destroyed in the earthquake of 1755 and never rebuilt (though really, I hate to explain this one...)
a geometric urban grid only in the areas destroyed by the 1755 earthquake that shook Voltaire and Swift's already-shaken faith (it happened during Sunday mass and the faithful were crushed as they prayed) - it was built all at once, Baroque mass-planning...

and in the Middle Ages, they had to fortify the Tagus river that opens Lisbon up to the Atlantic...


although the shore has been moving out to the fortress...silt, you know...


St. Jeronimo's monastery (a.k.a. Jerome)...

where the devout scatter rose petals...
and which has African monkeys on it, for the Portuguese sea-traders to recognize...
plus a sea-froth style called Manuelito...
and squares that make me think of Angola, but it's Lisbon...
the 8th century Moors picked good spots to build in...
...and that's all I have bandwidth for right now.

copyright protected 2006.

2 Comments:

Anonymous dbv said...

i very much like the idea of a series of your feet and other people's feet.

6:10 AM  
Blogger mmf! said...

that might well be in the offing.

but you will always have been the origin of the series!

7:41 AM  

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