Sunday, April 30, 2017

Extra time in Porto

The only thing John and I remember from our earlier visit to Porto was riding the train through the Douro Valley and going to up to some viewpoint in the city center. We thought we would spend some extra time in Porto this visit.

At a first look Porto is very likable city, built on the steep hills of the Douro River Valley, crisscrossed by interesting bridges, scenic viewpoints abound. It failed to charm me, though John liked it. Maybe there were too many visitors, many came from cruise ships. Maybe Porto's top two attractions, seafood and port, are completely orthogonal to us. Maybe the city's top bookstore charges a four-euro admission and there is always a line outside; this to an avid reader is a sacrilege against the intuition of bookstores!

The highlight of our Porto visit has to be the opportunity of meeting up with our friend Jinyi who lives in Beijing and is vacationing in Portugal and Spain. Glad to be living in this century when such a rendezvous is easily organized.

On the bus from Amarante to Porto.
On the bus from Amarante to Porto, Portugal

Sao Bento Train Station, Porto. It's always full of photographers it seems. And rightly so; it's a beauty.
Sao Bento Station - Porto, Portugal

Porto has plenty of hills.
Porto, Portugal

A busker on the waterfront.
Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

No shortage of tables with a view.
Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

View out the Douro River to the Atlantic Ocean.
Porto, Portugal

Porto has a good number of city parks.
Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

And there is a Modernist and an Art Deco, 1930's-ish, above ground parking garage. Wow!
Garagem do Comércio do Porto - Modernist Parking Garage - Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Plus the Teatro Rivoli.
Porto, Portugal

Not to mention the Louie Louie Record Shop.
Louie Louie Record Shop - Porto, Portugal

Plenty of churches in Porto.
Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Santa Catarina shopping street.
Porto, Portugal

There are some great views from the Dom Luis Bridge and surrounds.
Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

The bridge at night.
Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Walking the narrow streets of the Old Town with a view to the Cathedral.
Porto, Portugal

Our apartment overlooked Liberdade Plaza. And since it was the weekend of Liberty Day, a national holiday, there were concerts, fireworks, and parades there.
Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

The old jail is now a photography museum.
Porto, Portugal

Spy cameras on display.
Porto, Portugal

Sun-Ling and Jinyi (left).
Porto, Portugal












4 comments:

Kathy said...

I was disappointed when I went back to Porto too, although that seems to be a minority opinion. And I very much enjoyed the port tastings I did and there weren't hordes of cruise ship passengers (2004).

Crash Eddy said...

Kathy mentions port tastings but you don't. Is this the wrong season for Port? We like a port sold by T.J.'s, Morgado, comes in 6 and 10 years, we prefer the 10.

Kathy said...

There is no season for port. Aside from vintage port, it is ready to drink when you buy. Vintage port should be allowed to age, and it can last a long time.

I assume the Morgado is a tawny, although I have never heard of a six year tawny and suspect it is a T.J. special best avoided. You might look for a 20 year tawny in a wine shop if you like the ten year.

john said...

Kathy and Ed, Waiting to be invited over for a port tasting. ;-)