Carolina Flores, artist and designer, lives in Ajuda, a little village just outside Lisbon’s city centre. Her apartment, which is also her studio, is full of magazines, art books, little sculptures and of course – her paintings. From her studio space, she has a spectacular view over the 25 de Abril Bridge, so it’s easy to see where she gets her inspiration from. Her artworks are abstract, using the vibrant colors you find on all the façades of Lisbon. She spends most of her time in her studio together with her cat Zappa, named after the musician Frank Zappa, who follows her everywhere she goes.
We bike along the streets, gazing at the facades that we have seen so many times before on postcards and souvenirs. It is everything we could have imagined, but better.
We arrive at the pearl on the coast, the gateway to Scandinavia. Copenhagen is bathed in soft autumn light.
This island has a harsh kind of beauty. The volcanic rock gives a completely different impression at every turn.