Sunday, January 31, 2010

portugal on my mind

I've had Portugal on the brain all day after waking up to a message on my Facebook wall from my dear friend Avery mentioning a biennial festival called Boom that's taking place there in August. Still ruminating on whether a "three day open air psychedelic Goa trance extravaganza ... in a magic forest in Portugal" is for me. If I do go, I'd have to combine that trip with my planned Ibiza trip in September ... I wonder if packing for a trance extravaganza in a Portuguese forest calls for a similar wardrobe for partying in Ibiza? Hmmm.

Anyhoo, while I was browsing my favorite shopping sites, I came across J.Crew's catalog photographed in ... where else? Portugal! Way to stoke my wanderlust J.Crew.

I have been wanting to see Lisbon for a looooong time. Back in 2004, I had a ticket booked for Lisbon, but due to my amazing propensity to get stranded, I found myself stuck in Prague and unable to go on that trip. So it's been quite a frustration since then. I am crazy about mosaic and tiled anything, so Lisbon seems utterly beautiful to me. I am dying to see the intricate calcada portuguesa (the mosaic tiled streets) and the colorful handpainted-tile facades of the buildings in Lisbon.

The J.Crew shoot also got me curious about the outskirts of Lisbon. They did a shoot at a walled city called Obidos. The whitewashed walls remind me of the Greek Islands while the fortresses make me think of the medieval walled city Toledo in Spain.

And having grown up in the tropics, I always appreciate a beautiful beach. Praia da Adraga, where the J.Crew team photographed its swimwear story, seems so majestic, enveloped within towering stone cliffs. I'm so ready to pack my fedora and just head out to Portugal, I swear ...

My feet are getting itchy ... must go places this year!


The Coastal Chicster said...

that j.crew photo shoot is absolutely beautiful. i would love to visit some more countries. i hope you find the time to go!! :)

the chiconomist ♥ celine said...

The time isn't the problem ... the budget is! I'm on a shopping hiatus hoping to save up for all my trips ... I hope you'll get to travel somewhere nice soon too!

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