One of the places I cherish most in Lisbon is the so called Jardim das Amoreiras, oficially Jardim Marcelino Mesquita. One of the reasons why is that I only have to walk 5 minutes to be there from home. Of course that the regularity and monumentality of the aqueduct ending in the Mae d’Agua that encloses the square from on the western side may be fantasized as the entrances for an imaginary giant palace. The simple and plain dignity of the surrounding buildings reveal that this area was in the 1700’s an industrial zone. A comb factory (who would think of a comb factory in the 1700’s when everybody had wigs? That is real vision if you think of the following century: remember, for instance Beethoven’s hair dressing…). A Porcelain factory and a silk factory… so the whole hill was covered with amoreiras for the silk worms feast on their leeves. Now there are only few amoreiras and the silk factory was transformed in one of the finest small museums in Lisboa: Arpad Szénes-Vieira da Silva Museum.
After work, on summer days, around 6PM it is perfect for a day ending, making time to get back home and see the Olympic Swimming finals,, having a drink in the Kiosk terrace and drawing as if rating agencies, euro crisis and war in Syria didn’t exist.