It is a truly wonderful city; it possesses the vibrancy, enchantment and appeal of an old Iberian port while it has retained a rather elegantly decadent look. Porto looks to the ocean where ancient Portuguese ships conquered the seas. Yet it has also become a modern metropolis where thousands of tourists land every day and cram the streets, the shops and restaurants. Porto is perfect for a short break, certainly. But upon departing, you may wonder if you've missed something you should not have missed.
Some of the shots I have chosen to show here follow. I hope you will like them as much as I enjoyed taking them...
|Walking from bridge to bridge is an excellent way to see the Douro and get a good feel of how the people of Porto live their lives day after day.|
|Another shot of the Luís I Bridge, which can be crossed on two levels.|
|Graffiti painters go to extreme lengths to leave their mark. The Infante Dom Henrique Bridge.|
|The maze starts once you leave the main roads and get lost. It's worth your while, to be sure.|
|Who's watching you while you roam the lanes and alleys?|
|Amazingly, communal laundries can still be found in Porto.|
|From an art exhibition at the old University building in the city centre.|
|Art is everywhere, though. You just have to find it.|
|Just a different kind of art: the one you eat. Exquisite fish platter for two at O Marinheiro.|
|And yet another kind of art: Porto celebrates its fishing heritage with a gigantic net by the western beaches near Praia de Matosinhos.|
|Let us sail... Where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse at Foz de Douro.|
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