Appreciating ancient art, in between my all-day breakfasts

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as many claim.  Unfortunately, I don’t particularly fancy most traditional pastelarias in Portugal. Neither am I a coffee-drinker nor an appreciator of (overdoses of) butter and sugar.  However, last Sunday’s breakfast at A Padaria Portuguesa left me very satisfied.  Fresh and yummy bread in a contemporary setting!  Barely half a week and I’m already a repeat customer :)001 Collage (1)

Thereafter, Querido and I headed for the National Museum of Ancient Art, where admission is free on Sunday mornings!  Truth be told, I’m an amateur when it comes to art appreciation, but this Museum is supposed to house some of the best art pieces in Portugal and highly recommended by Lonely Planet.  These testaments definitely heightened my interest.001 collage (1)

Too many gems to capture, but thought I would highlight 2 which caught my eye :)  The first is the Monstrance of Belém, which is made with shipment of gold brought back by the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama.  Considering that it was an artwork from the early-1500s, its intricate design and lasting shine are simply “wow”!001 collage (1)

The second is The Temptation of St. Anthony by Hieronymus Bosch.  These triptych boards clearly stand out from the other artworks of that era.  While the others illustrate saints and noblemen, The Temptation of St. Anthony is undoubtedly unconventional.  It reflects a world of torment, fear and anxiety.  His use of arty metaphors also injects ambiguity and offer detachment from the real world.IMG_2603

For lunch, Querido and I decided to try out Pois Cafe, which is near the Lisbon Cathedral.  I’d been reading many good reviews about this place, which was opened by 2 Austrian girls who fell in love with Lisbon.  Loved the ambience upon stepping in.  It was very cozy and inviting, with books and paintings scattered around.  Food was more “English” than “Portuguese” and it brought back nice memories of all-day breakfasts in Singapore/London :)  In the end, we lazed away a good part of our Sunday afternoon in Pois.001 collage (1)

As we left Pois, Querido took the following random snapshot, which I felt was a good depiction of solitude. Impressed :)  Everyone has his/her quiet moments of introspection, and I’m someone who cherishes these moments.  Fotor0103125815

Lastly, Happy Halloween everyone!  Nice to see everyone in their crazy halloween costumes on facebook and instagram.  It’s going to be a quiet halloween for me though, especially since the Lisbon metro is on strike today.  Ah well…