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Bringing the outside in: Lisbon


Lisbon, Portugal is one of my favourite places I have ever visited. The ‘world’s largest outdoor tile museum’ is a vibrant and bohemian city full of colour and pattern where ever you look. When we weren’t eating Pasteis de natas (definitely plural), we visited all the beautiful sights that Lisbon has to offer.

One of the most remarkable was the Monument to the Discoveries on the Tagus river which honours the Portuguese explorers during the 15th and 16th centuries. It is HUGE! (Yes, that’s me in front of the monument…) It was built in the late 1950s and was constructed in cement and rose-tinted stone and they used limestone for the statues on top.

If you happen to go there yourself, make sure you visit Pasteis de Belem. It’s a short walk and sells THE best Portuguese tarts you’ll ever try. If you’re a Sydneysider, head to Sweet Belem in the Inner West- they are superb!

If you want to bring a little slice of Belem into your home then take a look at the below:

1. Sand brown CS bike, Tokyo Bikes, 2. Stone vessels, Trunk, 3. Padua Cobalt, Designers Guild, 4. Plaster bust, Kathy Dalwood, 5. Concrete Wallpaper, Lime Lace at Not on the High Street

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4 Responses
  • Ruthie
    October 17, 2013

    Wow, that monument looks incredible, this column to bring the outside in is an inspired idea and I always enjoy looking at them.

    Would love to go to Lisbon, been on my wish list for ages, your summation of it as ‘the greatest outdoor tile museum in the world’ has just bumped it up to a higher priority!


    • LucyGough
      October 21, 2013

      Thanks Ruthie! I’m glad you enjoy reading it 🙂 Definitely go when you get a chance- and go when it’s warm- it’s much nicer x

  • Midge
    October 17, 2013

    Pasteis de Belem changed my life!

  • LucyGough
    October 21, 2013

    And mine! We must get together to sample a London Portuguese tart together sometime 🙂 x

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