Travel ~ 34. Lovely in Lisbon.

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A place for the perfect postcard pictures. In this cool coastal city called Lisbon, it doesn’t matter where you’re standing as there is always something lovely to look at. Starting in the Praça do Comércio, there are loads of restaurants in Baixa. Eventually, one can find a spot to have a SuperBock. Then through the Arco da Rua Augusta, many small shops appear and street performers amuse. Next, the Elevador da Santa Justa takes you all the way up to be on top of the world.

After taking it all in, it’s best to visit take a break in this hot and humid weather. Drinking a Ginjinha, a Portuguese infused ginja berry liqueur is the best way to go. The shop is small and inviting. Just what you need for a refreshment. Of course, this leads to dessert. It’s a must to try pastel de nata, a small staple food from Belém. My best friend, James clearly enjoyed the sweet egg custard tart. 

I can still remember his expression as we left the pastry shop. Strolling along Avenida da Liberdade, the amount of nature that encompasses the city is amazing. Soon, Parque Eduardo VII is right there. Take a walk in the park to end the day.

All photos taken by Niya Sinckler and James Andrews.

 

Travel ~ 31. Iceland

Twenty-one photos of my adventure in Reykjavik, Iceland. Loved it!

Arts ~ Surrounded by Sport.

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“Amethyst Sports Ball Cavern” by Daniel Arsham, Galerie Perrotin. 2016. Photos: Niya Sinckler.

Arts ~ Dream States

Dreams are one of those aspects of life which we question, analyze and ponder every morning when we wake up.

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Dream States exhibition at The Met. Photo: Niya Sinckler.

Images and ideas float in our minds as one tries to understand the emotion and connections. Meanwhile, artists are often inspired by the unconscious mind and in this case it’s surrealism.

Surrealism is my favourite 1920s art and literary movement. The greats come to mind such as André Breton (French), Francisco Goya (Spanish), Max Ernst (German), René Magritte (Belgian) and Salvador Dalí (Spanish). It’s amazing to view an alternative degree of content and context in art.

About 30 photographs and video works are on display focusing on the 1970s to present day with some of the best including black and white portraits by Robert Frank, Jem Southam’s never-ending spectacular skies, radiant Irish rainbows and lovely English seascapes. Discover how surrealism creatively transforms the way things are seen. Let your mind wonder and escape into its own irrational reality.

The exhibition, “Dream States: Contemporary Photographs and Video” is open from 16 May 2016 t0 30 October 2016 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Address: 1000 5th Avenue by 82nd Street. Hours: 10am-5:30pm.