Coldplay’s Chris Martin claimed in an interview with Howard Stern that there was “no meaning whatsoever” behind the band’s hit single “Yellow”. I think he was telling porkies.
In fact, I think he and the rest of the band had just come back from their holidays in Lisbon when they sat down and wrote that song, since there is arguably no better way to describe the brilliant Portuguese capital.
It seemed yellow was everywhere around us when friends and I visited this year. From the public transport to the famous pastries, you just couldn’t help but notice. It was almost like we had stepped into the pages of an old-school colouring book, or being in an advert for the latest LCD TV. Every corner we turned, every backstreet we explored, would inevitably throw up some smattering of bold, vivacious colour, usually yellow.
I had my camera to hand throughout the trip, ensuring that I would take away plenty of my own colourful travel snaps, though it was my fellow travel companion and best mate Tony, (see his impressive Flickr profile here), who captured the best images using his camera’s ‘colour accent’ function. For those of you not in the know, this allows the photographer to accentuate whichever colour he or she wants, leaving everything else black, white and grey.
It was the perfect way to truly expose the boldness of Lisbon’s bright hues and glows, from the street art and rattling trams to hanging banana bunches, lemon tea and the famous Pastéis de Belém.
If you’d like to read more about Lisbon’s street art scene maybe you’d like to check out my ‘Lisbon Graffiti DIY Tour’ post. Otherwise, enjoy these superb images! Cheers Tony 😉
Just half an hour’s drive away from Lisbon is Sintra, an area brimming with breathtaking palaces and 15th-19th century royal retreats. We allotted just one day to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, having been told that would suffice. In short, it didn’t. There are several palaces, all enormous, meaning we only had time to visit two of them– The Pena Palace and Monserrate Estate. Read all about our day at Sintra here. As you can see, the yellow of the Pena Palace was as mesmerising as it had been in Lisbon…
Never before had I nor my traveling buddies been as captivated by a city’s colours like we were in Lisbon (and Sintra). We saw the sights, tried the treats and drank the drinks in Bairro Alto, but it’s the ample and vivid display of colour that we will remember it by.
Have you ever been to a city where the colours have jumped out at you like in Lisbon? Let’s hear about it below!
(All images are copyright to Tony Lee Bruce)