Short Story III: Jardim do Príncipe Real

Fiction: ...when Luka bought that second hand red Lada jeep he didn't planed what would be his final destination, however when taking the wheel, he knew that wanted to cross Europe. Leaving his hometown Magadan for the first time, an isolated port town in the russian far east, Luka started his journey towards west by the 'Road of Bones'. After passing by Siberia, crossing Ural Mountains and a short stay in Moskow, the young painter left Russia with a sense of relief, excited with the new world ahead. Despite he visited several places and known many interesting characters, the shores of lake Como, the brief passion for Jacqueline in Paris, the picturesque landscapes of Cornwall marked Luka, but his accidental final destination Lisbon would have a surprising effect on him. Having parked the old Lada at Jardim do Princípe Real, the russian seems to have finally found, after months of travelling, the place where he felt at home. Far from the cold Magadan, Luka painted in a relaxed way, watching Tejo river between rooftops, looking at people strawling calmly and feeling the warm summer breeze in the hair and thinking that he didn't need anything more to be happy...

Reality: Built in the 19th century, Princípe Real garden it's one of the most symbolic places in Lisbon. With it's large Bucaço cedar tree and underground water tank, the garden it's specially appealing for its romanticism and elegance, the surrounding buildings architecture and the neighbourhoods' activity, full of shops, restaurants and coffeehouses.