Walking around the traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon, Ashray and I often joke that “the commission is doing a great job”. Strolling along the winding cobblestone streets and alleys that surround the Sao Jorge’s Castle on top of one of Lisbon’s hills, you almost get the feeling that people decorate their houses on purpose. It’s almost as if there was an organization that works just going around and making sure people’s homes look adorable, somehow rustic and with a very Portuguese touch here and there.
It’s all for the sake of making the neighborhoods look charming, in a very down-to-earth way. Clothes will go back and forward while hanging in the line to dry. Pots with plants will be strategically placed in window corners to add a touch of color. Old ladies would hang out by the window, taking a peek to get entertained with whatever routine is happening in the world outside. Even cats and dogs seem to be in position, almost as if there just to look cute.
The window pictured in today’s photo is an example of how that imaginary commission is keeping Lisbon as lovely as one would want it to be.