“Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.”
… Kaunas, Lithuania
As I see it, Kaunas speaks through its street art. And I find those speeches more than intriguing – they are expressive pieces of art available to for every passer-by.
… Durbuy, Belgium
Durbuy conquers by its charming atmosphere, which a bit reminds of the stories written about Medieval times. And, in my opinion, this atmosphere is created through city’s decorations. Seems like each of them tells a part of this city’s story.
… Porto, Portugal
It is a public secret that I am babbling about my love for Porto too much. So this time I will be short. Porto has a lot of unique details, which tells the stories of the city. One of them is azulejo1, Portuguese tiles, which decorates everything there.
… Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Louvain-la-Neuve is a young city, built only in 1970s with the aim to host Université catholique de Louvain. So this city’s life reflects its audience – young and wild people. I discovered this town through its colorful and creative details – street art and nutty road signs.
… Paris, France
Paris is probably one of the most expressive cities that we can find in Europe, or maybe even further. Its uniqueness is speaking through each and every detail that we can find in the city – from street signs to shop windows.
So these are some of the details that I succeeded in finding during my journeys. I would like to hear, which of them do you find the most intriguing, Dear Reader. Waiting for you in comments!
Azulejo – is a form of Spanish and Portuguese painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework. Azulejos are found on the interior and exterior of churches, palaces, ordinary houses, schools, and nowadays, restaurants, bars and even railways or subway stations. They were not only used as an ornamental art form, but also had a specific functional capacity like temperature control in homes. Via wikipedia.com