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Looking up Barcelona

In the shape of a sail, of a triangle, or of a cube, these contemporary buildings are landmarks of the city. W A giant sky mirror, the sail-shaped W hotel has an ever-changing look, depending on the light of the day. Read more. Blau. Museu Blau A triangular mass of dark-blue concrete split in places to…

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Kaleidoscope of trains

Quarantine trains is a series of videos created by Antoni Miralda, who wanted to experiment with the imagery of trains passing by, as seen from his studio in Barcelona.

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Dialogue

A single story can be told in infinite ways, and the art of Pietro Fornasetti, using over 400 variations of the same portrait, can prove this.

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Flysch Wanderlust

There are only 13 kilometres of this particular geology and this scenic landscape in the entire world – and they are on the coast of the Basque Country.

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Media-TIC

“A building is alive, like a man. Its integrity is to follow its own truth, its one single theme, and to serve its own single purpose.”

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Diagonal ZeroZero

This emblematic pattern, a landmark of the Forum area in Barcelona, is actually part of the structure of the 110-metre-tall tower.

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W

A giant sky mirror, the sail-shaped W hotel has an ever-changing look, depending on the light of the day.

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Home Patterns

The place I am spending my confinement days in is a flat on 4th floor. It has high ceilings with Catalan vaults on wooden beams, big French doors at the balconies and floors covered in this amazing invention which is the hydraulic flooring.

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Shakshuka. Travelling in Flavours

This aroma! There are a few dishes that I will never forget as far as taste goes – and shakshuka, with its cumin warmth, chili spiciness, egg & tomato softness, and bell pepper sweetness, is one of my most beloved culinary delights.

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Cota 2000

Above the clouds, scenic views and ski slopes unfold in all directions. This is a great winter destination, especially if you’re into winter sports.

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My Barcelona

In most places I’ve lived across Europe, I’ve moved after a few months, two years max. But Barcelona, after almost three years since I am calling this city home – well Barcelona is still fascinating me.

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The Lisbon Blues

With cities, it’s like with relationships. You see it for the first time, you like it, you want to know more about it. The spark bursts, and you move in, you start to get along, you get accustomed to new habits. Eventually, you wear each other out, and you move on.

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Mooi Amsterdam

The colder the weather outside, the warmer and more welcoming feels this bohemian city filled with great architecture, art and some of the best eateries I’ve ever tried across Europe.

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Charming Kythnos

The Greek Cyclades form a circle (that’s what the name means in English) around the mythical island of Delos. According to the Greek mythology, Poseidon, God of the sea, furious at the Cyclades nymphs, turned them into islands. And, from this legendary circle, this is the island with the most authentic vibes, for me: Kythnos.…

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Istria. Rovinj

A stunning little town in the Istria Peninsula, north of Croatia, Rovinj is bordered on three sides by the Adriatic Sea, and dominated by a Venetian-style campanile.

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The Pintxos of San Sebastián

There’s a daily reason for going out for pintxos in San Sebastián: on Thursdays, for pintxo y pote. On Sundays, to enjoy time with family and friends. On every fiesta, to celebrate. After work, to accompany your drink…

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Mundaka

Mundaka is a small village within the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, about one hour away from Bilbao.

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Bilbao. Along the River

I didn’t know exactly what to expect from Bilbao. It is much talked about – still the opinions can get divergent, sometimes even too divergent. I was expecting a cosmopolitan city with a nice modern area nothing but ugly industrial districts around…

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Lisbon. Costa da Caparica

South of Lisbon, Costa da Caparica is completely open to ocean and to strong winds and swells. It’s wide, unspoilt and breathtaking. The waves of the Atlantic reach here a wide, completely open, 30-km long beach. They break directly and whatever storm should be there, in the middle of the ocean, the waves loudly bring…

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Bilbao. Azkuna Zentroa

Azkuna is a nice centre to see in Bilbao. There’s coffee at Hola Bar and a cool rooftop terrace with city views and a bar (La Terraza). The exterior is from over 100 years ago and the interior is completely refurbished. Philippe Starck is the man behind the transformation of the Alhóndiga building (alhondigabilbao.com), an…

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Lisbon. Carcavelos

Life by the ocean is pretty much about the ocean. About going by the ocean, staying on the beach or in the water, disconnecting, relaxing.

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Bilbao. The Guggenheim

Since it opened, more than 20 years ago, the Guggenheim has held over one hundred exhibitions and received over ten million visitors. And it is something pretty unique. It is iconic for vanguard architecture and stands out as a symbol of how a city can re-invent itself. Today the Bilbao or Guggenheim effect means heavy cultural investment that…

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Cascais & Guincho

In between Lisbon with its vibrant city life and the natural park of Sintra with its unspoiled forests and windy beaches, Cascais is a peaceful town just perfect for one day trip.

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Cyclades & Company

The Cyclades in Greece are one of the best destination one can choose. The atmosphere is laid back, the colours of the sea are stunning, the food is great, the people are nice, and it’s easy to reach almost any island by boat or ferry, not to mention that they are extremely diverse as landscape…

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Porto. She Changes

By the Atlantic shore, between a 17-century fort and a contemporary, super conceptual cruise terminal, both placed on rocky piers, She Changes dances onshore, with the wind. She Changes creates one of the most original shorescapes of the entire Portuguese coast. It’s in the town of Matoshinos, former fishermen village now part of the greater Porto,…

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The Roofs of Lisbon

Portugal’s capital sits on seven hills just like Rome, still the hills of Lisbon are somehow more steep so the rooftop terraces offer some unique views.

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A Way of Colors. Walking on a Dream. Lauro Samblas

Maximo Contraste and El Médano (photo above) are two graffiti in the area of Vila de Gràcia, created by visual artist Lauro Samblás. He focuses upon handmade collage, and explores geometry saturated with colors and the emotion that light evokes. He creates artwork, set design and styling for Adobe Remix, Desigual, or Perrier, as well as graffiti and…

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Moodboard | Barcelona

‘Stories have no end.
Countries have no line.
Everything you think you know
Maybe blurred and remade
In other lights, at other times.’
@piecesoflonging

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A Way to Lagos

It is really amazing how Portuguese little towns, with their traditional small white houses and their nice, cozy, old-school vibes, can also be the scene of some stunning optical designs.

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On Wandering

Sometimes, I wander in circles. Closed circles. Other times – in extended spirals that go, further and further, away from the point I’ve started.

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Cascais. Lumina

Merging the realm of kinetic light sculpture and performance, creating ephemeral light forms floating in the air: ceremony, entertainment show, or should they be called light instruments?

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Cascais | Light & Shadow

‘You Say Light – I Think Shadow’ book was revealed in the shape of a light installation in itself, as pages from the book were projected on the walls of the exhibition space.

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Lisbon. Lightopia

Lightopia is a special space, conceived in the shape of a traveling exhibition, that tells the story of modern light design. The Light Colors Carlos Cruz-Diez (1923-2019), kinetic-optic artist and theorist of color, created an installation as a walk inside shades, as there are several light sources, each of them changing its color, each of them…

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BCN | Llum Light Festival

No, you don’t shoot things. You capture them. Photography means painting with light. And that’s what you do. You paint a picture only by adding light to the things you see. Katja Michaels Light festivals express exactly the idea of a live act of painting with light – of playing with perception, of reshaping the concrete reality into…

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