We had just a long weekend, Friday to Monday, in Porto where we covered a lot of ground, notwithstanding the very patchy weather. Lots of photo opportunities so I will concentrate in this first post on the buildings which were captivating, giving us itchy shutter fingers.
But not just the buildings. The dual level bridge that you can see in the above photo, called Dom Luis I, is a magnificent structure with rail and a footbridge going across the top and vehicles/pedestrians going across the bottom span, so it’s worth a couple of shots first.
So to the buildings. When you look closely, many have started off with great symmetry, with elegant designs of buildings and windows, some classical European, others possibly Moorish. Yet the overwhelming impression is one of a huge jumble as changes have been made over the centuries. It is accentuated by the fact that Porto is very steep on both sides of the river Douro and so the buildings appear to be clinging on for dear life.
First the more or less ordered look.
There are more modern buildings, too, definitely plainer but interest is added by the graffiti, and the fishermen perched like seabirds on the edge of the wharf.
Finally, a pleasant general view of the city from Taylor’s restaurant, where we came away with a new appreciation of white port as an aperitif at lunchtime. Luckily the camera has an anti-shake mechanism built in.