define perfect gentleman

per·fect

–adjective

1.

conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type: a perfect sphere; a perfect gentleman.

gen·tle·man

–noun, plural -men.

4.

a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered man: He behaved like a true gentleman.

another tile on the wall

tile grafitti to replace what once were. in lisbon, the streets are like galleries – covered with colorful tiles in the most amazing array of colours and design evolved over centuries. but unfortunately some tiles are missing and there is a problem of theft. if undamaged, the tiles can get very high prices on the black art market. buildings are left with open “wounds” that not even the best grafitti artist can fix, but at least the piece might lead people to think about the problem.

alfama: cemetery of kisses

cemetery of kisses, there is still fire in your tombs,
still the fruited boughs burn, pecked at by birds.

– pablo neruda –

alfama is the medieval quarter of lisbon. with its narrowed cobbled hills and tiny alleys and houses that keep you wondering if they will stand another day, even though they’ve been there for centuries, always captures me. i could walk around here for hours, looking at old houses, people leaning out of their windows hanging their laundry, singing and drinking coffee (bica). walking around here gives me a romantic, but kind of sad feeling. but then again, this is a feeling that keep occurring in lisbon.