Upon first glance, it was obvious that color and shape and design were important to the city, but what surprised me most was the use of space. I’ve never seen another city so openly green and inviting, begging you to sit outside of shops and on streets and grass, with chairs and bleachers and benches everywhere. It helped that the weather was perfect and that the air was filled with inspiration and ease.
While the romance of getting lost alone in the city was lost on me (oh, how traveling alone in Europe is so different between 21 and 29) I found plenty of open spaces to eat felafel and drink coffee and eventually just to read and lounge with beer and books in the beautiful home of friends. I didn’t take nearly enough photos, but I felt like taking it all in with my eyes this time was worth it.