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About thetorzorean

The musings of a torontonian azorean on identity and belonging. You can find me at https://thetorzorean.com/

The Last Time I saw Lisbon: Graffiti

I can’t say that I like graffiti very much but it also tells a story. There are many photographs of graffiti and street art in Lisbon available for viewing on-line. It’s perhaps redundant for me to add a few more … Continue reading

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The Last Time I saw Lisbon: Alfama

The Alfama is one of the oldest areas of the city and you can easily get lost in the maze of steep narrow streets and alleys. A perfect place to lose yourself in Lisbon.    

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The Last Time I saw Lisbon Gardens

Jardim Botânico da Ajuda Lisbon has so many great public gardens. I had a wonderful time meandering through the Jardim Botânico da Ajuda, Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisboa, Jardim da Estrela. I had hoped to see them again this … Continue reading

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The Last Time I saw Lisbon

View of Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora and the National Pantheon dome  I should be in Lisbon right now. That was the plan. But like everything else these days, the trip had to be cancelled. The last time I … Continue reading

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Remembering the Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo in the Azores

The Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres has been celebrated since the year 1700 in the city of Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores. This is the first time it has been cancelled in its 320 year history. I am … Continue reading

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Remembering the Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo in Toronto

The Azorean Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres has been celebrated in Toronto since 1966. Last year I went to see the procession and now I’m glad I did because the celebration that was to be held this weekend … Continue reading

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Rosetta McClain Gardens in an April unlike any other April

Rosetta McClain Gardens in an April unlike any other April. An April when the garden starts to come to life on its own but with less people around to appreciate it. There are signs that the city garden workers come … Continue reading

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The Self-Isolating Heart

I have seen this suspended heart many times on my walks through Rosetta McClain Gardens. I thought it endearing and sweet to see how it hung there between a thin branch and a wooden post. But when I came across … Continue reading

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Visiting Fronteira Palace in Lisbon

Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira (Fronteira Palace) A few years ago, I had the great pleasure of meandering through the Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira gardens in Lisbon. I took these photographs to remind me of the magnificent azulejos that … Continue reading

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Finding His Way Home

Vladimir’s House Vladimir was a good neighbour. A stout short man with a full, round jovial face covered in a beard and bushy eyebrows that framed his bright blue-green eyes. Vladimir was born and raised in a small town in … Continue reading

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