Something we could all use

So many things in life can bring us down. One thing we have found that adds a touch of sheer joy is turning a corner and discovering a grand work of art.

Try turning down Rua Latino Coehlo in Cascais, Portugal to see that the entire wall is an amazing portrait.

Cascais is a beach resort town on the Atlantic Ocean, and so, it was no surprise that most of the artwork we saw was inspired by the sea.

We loved this door and wish we could take it home as our souvenir.

Another massive wall painting was nearby on Rua Nova da Alfarrobeira.   Was the fisherman pulling in bottles?

We took a day trip to Lisbon and wandered the streets in the Bairro Alto neighborhood after lunch. We looked up and there it was – a yarn-bombed children’s bike. A beautiful work of art!

We have been staying very near this beach and plaza in Cascais so every day we walk by the red hand. What is it trying to say to us? We admire the intense color contrasted with the black and white stones – and always against the color of the sea.


At the end of the day we walk along the promenade and gaze out to the sea and down at the rocks. Waves wash over the rocks and then recede.  You might agree that viewing nature adds to personal joy and happiness. It touches us in a way that soothes and calms our spirits.

In today’s world, we could all use some joy and calm in our lives. Why not seek out art and nature for an uplifting moment? Just an idea…



September 2017

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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10 Responses to Something we could all use

  1. Sartenada says:

    I love the bike! Yarn bombing from Finland.

    Crochet tractor

    Have a good day!

  2. Pingback: URBAN art in PORTUGAL | simpletravelourway

  3. I just went on a tour of so many cool places without leaving my computer and with margarita in hand. So much fun. Thank you!

  4. I love that bike. Yarn bombing is so much fun.

  5. *Some* people may thrive in chaos but most of us do not and your post is a timely reminder to look for the small things that keep us centered, Beth. I love the bushy eyebrows of the man in the first photo and the yarn-bombed bike is great! When we first moved to Lagos, many of the trees and garbage cans in the main plazas had been yarn-bombed. You’ll have to keep an eye out because there are still a few trees around the historic area that have some remnants! Anita

  6. karenmsisk says:

    The hand is intriguing because it is not relaxed. The “posture” or pose shows tension and forcefulness. Digits pressed firmly together. I simulated the gesture and felt the rigidity go all the way down my wrist and arm. Not like a “stop” hand but just as forceful. And it’s hard not to notice the blood red of the sculpture. What horrible event happened in this town? (Sorry to be morbid!)

  7. plaidcamper says:

    I love the wooly bike!
    Recently read an article, I think on the BBC website, and it was similar to your thoughts, along the lines of people are happiest when close to nature, and happiest of all when by lakes, seas, and the ocean.

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