Costa Nova

I recently visited the lovely Costa Nova, Aveiro (in the northwest of Portugal). I was amazed by the beautiful striped houses and thought I’d share them here. ❤

Hubert by Ben Gijsemans

Publisher: Jonathan Cape Buy:  Foyles Hubert began as a project on Ben Gijsemans’ master’s degree. His tutors were suitably impressed, and he was later awarded funding to work it into a complete graphic novel. Middle-aged Hubert leads a lonely existence. He appears to do little other than visit art galleries, paint and eat alone while watching old films. … Continue reading

York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery recently had a complete overhaul, which resulted in it being closed for a long time. When it reopened, it came with a price tag. A historically free museum, it now costs £7.50 to get in. There is a museums deal however, if you’re a regular visitor to this and other museums in … Continue reading

Buildings of Portimão

Before the year totally disappears, I should post these photos of beautiful Portimão from the beginning of September. Some may be rundown, but they combine to make up the magical character of the place.

Three days in Portimão

At the end of August/beginning of September my friend Ashley and I took a little trip to Portimão in the Algarve. We’d worked all through the summer after the academic year had ended so we were definitely ready for a break. We both had plans to travel further afield in September but decided to kick … Continue reading

Halloween

I haven’t posted in a while as I’m ridiculously busy doing an intensive Portuguese course (every day for 3 hours as well as working…) I will catch up on posts eventually but in the meantime here’s some Halloween inspiration. I am going to dress as a zombie tourist.

The Sintra Coast

I recently went on a day trip with some friends and was pleasantly surprised to find some thoroughly magical places not far from Lisbon. First we went to Azenhas do Mar, a beautiful little cliffside town. This was the place that led me to suggest the trip when I saw a photo of it (on … Continue reading

Sintra

Sintra is incredibly beautiful. That’s what I’ve learnt over the last few months. I moved to Lisbon last September and it took me until April to visit Sintra (despite the convenient 40 minute train ride) but once I’d seen it I ended up going back another two times. I still haven’t even made it the … Continue reading

Review: The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

★★★★☆ Publisher: First Second Books Buy: Foyles Comics stalwart Scott McCloud has previously imparted his knowledge of the medium in Understanding Comics, and inspired with projects such as 24 Hour Comics. He is also a practitioner in his own right, having created, among others, the 1980s comic series Zot! – a manga-inspired, retro-futuristic alternative to the many violent comics … Continue reading

Creative Workspaces #4

I asked some more writers and artists to tell me a bit about their desks and studios… Natalia Kochan Writer and artist Long Beach, California, US “This is my desk in my childhood bedroom. I’ve been moving around a lot, so it’s my only stable workspace. (Probably a more accurate picture of where I work … Continue reading