Settling In

03-06-2016 to 06-06-2106

This is primarily a writing trip however so far I’ve just been thinking about what to write and jotting down ideas as I enjoy touring the city. I need to have  the plots worked out and the events and characters defined before I start to write in detail. If I write 1000 to 2000 words per day  I should get the first draft of the 350 page novel finished during the trip..

I visited the the Modern Art Museum and gardens in the Glubenkian Foundation in Sao Sebastio, today.  Mostly 20th century modern art from Portuguese artists - and I also found similar work in the Chiado Museum a few days ago. I’m really enjoying taking street and architecture photographs here. The architecture is beautiful but crumbling in places, but there is a certain beauty in that deterioration. 

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30th May 2016 - The day before I travel

Monday 30-5-2016 - It’s the day before I take my 11-week writing / travelling trip to Lisbon, Florence and Berlin and finally summer has come to Ireland with a glorious sunny day, after months of coldness all this year, right up to the end of May. It’s a really lovely evening, clear water across the bay and the orange/pink sky is reflected in the calm water below. Such a positive omen for my trip ahead, where I’ll be writing Book 2 in my thriller trilogy and enjoying the cities, the culture, the architecture, the art, the food and the ambience, but most of all the freedom.

Tuesday 31-5-2016 - Day one and I'm up at 4am to catch the airport bus, excited and ready for my adventure ahead: 11 weeks in Europe, and I'm completely wide awake even though I only got about 4 hours sleep last night. I'll be tired later I know. I'm flying to Lisbon at 6am

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Travel, Writing and Photography Blog

As I'm on an 11-week trip to Lisbon, Florence and Berlin, (31st May to 11 Aug 2016) I've decided to blog as a travel log on my journeys in Europe. I've been keeping a private journal every few days and I've decided now I'm going to blog it. I'll be posting updates on Facebook too but if you want to sign-up with your email address, then you'll get emailed when there's new entries.