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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Lisbon Graffiti

When I came through Lisbon briefly in the 1980's (on a free TAP stopover between London and South Africa) I remember  the  graffiti more than anything else about the city. At the time I thought much of the graffiti looked political. Today graffiti remains a ubiquitous presences. 

Though much of it is typically tedious tagging, thoughtless and uninspired, some is political and  there is even quite a lot in English.
D and I have noticed more and more political graffiti in English throughout Europe. Clearly capitalism is being challenged in its dominant global language. I'll be posting images from Lisbon as we come upon them. The Guardian had an interesting  article on street art in Lisbon and we'll try to see some of the places they mention where artists have taken over derelict building as huge canvasses. I'll also be checking out  the Galleria de Arte Urbana which has worked with the local government to create commissioned murals in designated urban spaces, some of the stuff on their website looks amazing.    

I particularly love this literary graffiti from Alfama and the pineapple hand grenade below.