Way Back from Africa. Lisbon: cosplay-carnival, sights, street-art

Lisbon is still a city of a dream…

…with its’ cosy tiled streets…

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…and its’ creative paintings…

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IMG_7610.JPG…and its’ street art…

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…and its’ cute funiculars…

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…and its’ tiled houses…

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…and its’ Christ statue…

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…and its’ magnificent architecture…

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…and its’ main square…

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…and its’ cheerful youth…

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…and its’ festivals…

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…and its’ vulgar nuns!

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Social Ads in Mindelo, Cabo Verde

I do like social ads painted by hand, because they can reflect the athmosphere of the place very much (at least for me). And of course, you won’t find them in more or less developed countries, so it is also not very easy to find them.

So today we have painted social ads in Mindelo!

Protect turtles.

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Clean the beaches.

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Health, order and wellbeing.

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Combat against desertification.

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Protect the nature.

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Healthy present and future.

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Use waste containers.

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Do not pollute.

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Stop water pollution.

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Something strange.

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But athmospheric.

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Marseille

The city is awakening.

Someone is already awake.

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Someone is still sleeping.

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The pacifists are protesting against something.

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The police tries to calm them down.

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Condom vending machine for those who are shy.

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Marseille turned out to be a great surprise. I thought it’s just an ordinary regional capital, but would an ordinary regional capital have such fabulous architecture?

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There’s a basilique on the top of the city, with a charming view.

IMG_5311.JPGIMG_5299.JPG Some church.

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And one more.

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Modern art.

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The statue with binded eyes.

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All the buildings are white and have shutters.

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The city is a major seaport.

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Street-Art in Brussels

Brussels is very loyal to anything, so there is also a lot of street art there.

There are a few kinds of street art.

Some buildings are painted.

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Some walls have smaller paintings.

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There is an “open wall” in the center, where anyone can express himself.

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But actually, almost any wall is an “open wall” in Brussels.

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Stockholm’s part of Nordic Countries trip

The city makes an impression of nordic Moscow.

Native people (and I).

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The cheapest way to sleep and to stay in the centre of the city was the hostel on the old cruise ship.Well, that’s cute.

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In comparison to Copenhagen and Bergen, Stockholm is not so expensive city. This is the thing that makes it more attractive for relatively poor Belarusian tourists (but actually, budget travelling doesn’t prevent you from visiting expensive countries and having fun, as I’ve learned from my own experience; in fact, I was able to travel Norway, Denmark and Sweden and to get back with a budget of 500$). Actually, I hate meeting my countrymen abroad, so this thing kind of made me upset.

The very notable part of the city is a big amount of boats.

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I understand why many tourists visit this city.

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But during late autumn everything is being repaired and renovated, not much to see.

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Napoleon is moving.

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Two following photos are made from the same point.

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For me, the most interesting part of the city was the metro.

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Unrepeatable Swedish ads.

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Since Stockholm appeared to be more cheap than I’ve expected, I was even able to eat in McDonald’s all the time. During my very very late dinner, a drunk woman came to my table and started asking me for money. “Perhaps you get with your mendicancy more money than I do with my freelance work” – I said, but it didn’t change the situation. Then I just started speaking with her in Russian and it finally worked.

In the night the city becomes rather dark. Keeping Jakarta’s experience and choosing illuminated streets, I’ve finally got to the hostel.

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On the way back next day I didn’t find the information about my flight to Vilnius when I arrived to the airport. It appeared that the flight was cancelled a few weeks ago, but the third party site I’ve booked the flight  at didn’t considered it important to inform me about it. Luckily, after the call to the airline, I was provided with a free replacement ticket to Riga, where I was also provided with a seat in a tiny airplane to Vilnius.

Then, in 4 hours I’ve arrived in Minsk.

Street-Art in Minsk

A year ago, if someone had asked me about any interesting places in Minsk, I would have been really confused, not knowing what to say.

Now I know about the sites like TripAdvisor. Let’s see what it would advise us on “where to go in Minsk”. Wow, a square, a memorial, a park, another square, two more memorials. That creates an impression that there is nothing to see but very standard things.

However, there are a few more things that I found more interesting that going to yet another museum. One of them is the wall of Victor Tsoy. I’ve mentioned it in my very first post.

10641139_697133997029897_9041326358433802245_nOne more thing I would recommend to see is street art in Minsk.

Let’s see what Lonely Planet tells about this city (well, apparently, about the whole country):

Belarus allows the chance to visit a Europe with minimal advertising and no litter or graffiti.

Well, now it is obvious for me that the person who wrote this visited the capital of Belarus for 3-5 days and probably didn’t go anywhere outside the touristic places. I won’t speak about litter in this post, let’s discuss graffiti.

So, let’s get acquainted with street art of Minsk.

Why not to paint on the embassy building?

IMG_2549There is a factory near “Pervomayskaya”. It also doesn’t mind any street art.

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