During my time in Lisbon I came across wonderful places, friendly people, and gorgeous picturesque vistas in the pristine weather. Yet one of my treasures found and enjoyed were some inspiring quotes in a beautiful book of art that I enjoyed reading with a cup of coffee in one of the creatively pleasant cafes I got to enjoy in this new city.

But I’m not going to write about the cafe here, except to let you know its name so you can also enjoy it in Lisbon one day. It’s called Gremio do Carmo and is located in Lisbon’s downtown district.

What I am going to share here are some great quotes that I found in that book of art which is called “A Year in Art: A Painting a Day“. When I first saw the book sitting on their cool hand-crafted shelf, I was more drawn to it than I usually would have been in the past. You see, I read a great article a few weeks ago about how viewing art gives the same pleasure as being in love. “Hhhhmmm” I wondered as I looked at it on the shelf and then brought the heavy thing over to read as I lounged and drank coffee. Not a bad idea to spend my time feeling in love and, even better, while traveling single.

I do not have the paintings to show you that are associated with the few quotes that stood out to me. For that, you have to go buy the book. My hope is that the few quotes I am posting here will be of inspiration and encouragement to you as they are to me. Saúde!

Oh, and P.S….the last one is dedicated to my mother, an amazing painter and singer – an artist in every way!


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