Run up some 143 steps to the top of the Jardim do Torel and you’ll be out of breath, but privy to a sweeping view of Lisbon. Unlike other lookout points it’s undisturbed by droves of tourists. Instead you’ll find tranquility here, settled like a blanked over green grass. Across several levels are fountains, a kiosk, and seats to sunbathe in.
On this day, style blogger Dri of D Concept was the muse amidst the garden. I’d taken these shots of Ines there but it was Dri who taught me the name of this hidden place: Jardim do Torel. I was enamoured with the way the sky provided a rich blue canvas behind the grey of the 19th century stone.
The garden itself is a patchwork of eras. The 18th century palace that was its namesake burned down in 1875, after which a new palace with the romantic fountain and staircases were added. At the top level, an Egyptian revivalist water feature is telling of the 1920s. In this mix of styles, and in the watchful gaze of the 19th century mansions that peer down upon it, lies the garden’s charm.
You can wear anything here, but a sunhat to shield your eyes and a pair of colourful shorts to bear your legs are the wisest choice. Dri was wearing a shirt from Zara, shorts from Lefties, Stradivarius shoes and Marc by Marc Jacobs bag. More photos are on her blog here.