artful city walks

A City Walk in Lisbon by Photographer Carla Cascales Alimbau

December 7, 2012

Lisbon with Carla Cascales Alimbau

It’s been a while since I last posted a city walk on the blog. Today’s post is totally making up for it.

A few weeks ago Carla Cascales (isn’t she as cute as a button!?) contacted me to be part of the city walks. After I took a quick peek at her photos I rushed to replied “YES PLEASE!”. The images she captures through her camera are beautiful, warm, and charming. So, how do you feel about taking a little trip to Lisbon to enjoy some delicious food, sunny beaches and great architecture? Yeah, such a treat for these cold wintery days!

Take it away Carla:

Portas do sol
Walking up the streets of Alfama, the oldest neighborhood of Lisbon, you can find Portas do sol, in my opinion the best views of the city.

Photography by Carla Cascales Alimbau

Cantina LX
LXFactory is born in the place of the former industrial complex of fabric and thread companies “Companhia de Fiação e Tecidos Lisbonense”. The factory was empty for many years, since 2008 the old brick buildings have been transformed into an Arts Centre related to fashion, graphic design, advertising, communication, interior design, fine arts, architecture, music, photography, gastronomy… For lunch or dinnertime, imagine you’re in 1846, have a seat with the factory employees at Cantina LX, the old canteen of the textile factory.

What is now a restaurant still preserves it’s industrial look, decoration and old furniture. In Cantina LX you can order international food or traditional Portuguese dishes like escabeche de coelho, bacalhau corado or tarte de maçã. Bread here is still cooked in their own log-fired oven.

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Café na Fábrica
If you’re in the mood for a great brunch in a vintage atmosphere you can’t miss Café na Fábrica, their Saturday brunch buffet is simply amazing!

Photography by Carla Cascales Alimbau

Feira da Ladra
THE place where you will find everything from old books, clothes, cameras, all kind of objects and picturesque people, the most original Lisbon market. Every tuesday and Saturday morning beside the panteão (Santa Apolónia metro station). Map.

Photography by Carla Cascales Alimbau

Charneca da caparica:
The region of Lisbon has beautiful beaches, if we move a bit away from the city we will find Caparica Charneca a non touristic area that still preserves the old fishermen’s houses from where you can see the most beautiful sunsets in Portugal.

Photography by Carla Cascales Alimbau

ALL IMAGES: Carla Cascales Alimbau

What did I tell you? Crazy burgers, right?. Thanks so much Carla for submitting your work! And if you guys know of anther cool cat that would love to share some city shots with us – send him my way! Happy weekend amigos :)

artful city walks: Tracy Stefanucci of Project Space

October 12, 2012

Have your heard of Project Space? No? Ok, here’s the low down: Project Space is a book shop, publisher, programming space, and studio based in the heart of Chinatown Vancouver. It’s a wonderful place where tons of creating things happen, from magazines to workshops. Now that you know what they’re all about – I’ll introduce you to Tracy, one of the founders of Project Space. Today she’s taking us for a ride around town so buckle up and enjoy. Take it away Tracy! [As per usual, the guest took the pictures with a disposable film camera given by The Artful Desperado – the results are a total surprise for both, the guest and the readers!]

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artful city walks: Chloe Douglas

September 28, 2012

Artful City Walks

Oh yeah! It’s that time of the week where we get to discover the city through the eyes of a creative human being. Today’s city walk is PACKED with tips from one of my favorite bloggers and email buddy (so 2012) – drum roll please – say hello to Chloe Douglas of Plenty of Colour!

Prepare yourselves for a blast of color, pattern and Vancouver awesomeness.

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call for submissions!

September 14, 2012

artful city walks


By now you must know that I am on a mission to discover artful gems in every city, right? From food joints to galleries – anything that inspires the soul shall be documented. So far I’ve been giving disposable film cameras to different artist in Vancouver to snap these mentioned gems in their hoods and now, it’s time to expand the awesomness!

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS. Yeah baby! I think there are so many places to discover that it’s a bit impossible for me to cover them all. This is where your love for photography comes in. If you want us to see – and feel – your city in its full glory, then send over your images! Here’s how you can do it:

1: Send your photos (min 5, max 10) to hello[at] – all images must be high-res and at least 560px wide
2: In your email attach a few city tips (min 5, max 10) to go along with the images. These tips can be anything from restaurant recommendations, coffee shops, secret parks, etc. Include some links so peeps can check them out.
3: Add a few words about yourself
4: Get featured!

Easy peasy. Be part of this awesome project, invite your friends to participate and discover the world with a new set of eyes.

Can’t wait to see your submissions!

the fine print: by submitting your images you grant the artful desperado permission (royalty-free) to publish them on the blog, social media and any other media used to promote the project. That is all, see, it wasn’t that bad!


artful city walks: St. Bernadine

September 7, 2012

Hey guys! Today’s city walk guest is St. Bernadine – a branding, advertising and design agency based here in Vancouver. I found about these fine fellas back when they launched an insta gallery to showcase the beauty of Chinatown. Once I saw their project  – and submitted some photos myself – I knew they had to be part of the city walks.

As per usual, all photos were taken with a disposable film camera and the results are a total surprise for the crew of St. Bernadine. Enjoy!

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artful city walks: Randy Grskovic

August 10, 2012

This week’s guest city walker is Randy Grskovic, a Vancouver-based artist that has some serious mixed media skills. In this edition of ACW , Randy will take you on a little trip around his hood. Remember, all pictures were taken with a disposable film camera, so the results are a total surprise for both, the artist and you!

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Artful City Walks Workshop

August 5, 2012

Artful City Walks Workshop

Last week I hosted the very first Artful City Walks workshop as part of Gather – an art and design pop-up in Vancouver. It was such a blast! The class sold out but we made room for extra peeps so they could join the artful party. For this workshop, part of the focus was Instagram and how you can use it to enhance your blog, business and overall online presence.

We started by getting to know each other and speaking a bit about why we use the app. Later on – following the same motto from the City Walks “discover your city with a new set of eyes” – we embarked in a journey through the streets and alleys of Gastown; one of the oldest neighborhoods in Vancouver.

We found art, we found the old and the decayed and workshop-ees got to learn tricks of the trade – from different apps that boost your mobile shots (collage, cropping, editing, etc) to ideas on how to use your content and when to post it.

I was amazed to find out that lots of people use mobile photography and they’re pretty passionate about it – like I mentioned earlier, it’s not about how cool the app is or the level of skill you have, it’s about connecting with others and looking at things with a different perspective. Some people didn’t even have an Instagram account, but they tagged along and snapped amazing photos with their beautiful DSLRs.

And of course not everything was work work work, we also got to enjoy a few snacks – fresh honey lemonade, home made bread and preserves –  courtesy of Nelson the Seagull – one of my favorite spots in Gastown! During this time I passed along a few more tips to really squeeze the juice out of this mobile community – creative ideas, collaborations, promotions, stats, the works!

Lastly, thanks to our rad sponsors CanvasPop and StickyGram –  City Walkers received a discount for a canvas print, a few sets of Stickygrams AND two lucky ducks got a FREE print from CanvasPop. Are they cool or what?

I am still super excited that the whole workshop turned out so good! And it’s not stopping there – I am now planning to create new City Walks with different twists! Also, expect a few different guest City Walkers from around the globe. If you want to share the beauty in your city with us, tag your photos on Instagram with #ACWALKS  or send me an email to hello(at) to get a full feature.

To all City Walkers: thank you for joining! To everyone else: don’t forget to discover your city with a new set of eyes ;)