Afternoon and Evening in Porto

August 19, 2015  •  9 Comments

The rain had pretty much finished by late morning.  Eventually the sun even came out.  Nancy and I spent the rest of the day wandering around and exploring Porto.

20140928_Ecuador_000120140928_Ecuador_0001 Some  colourful buildings on the street.

20140928_Ecuador_000220140928_Ecuador_0002 The shipbuilding sector was a strategic one in the 1960's and 1970's.   While walking along the river we went into this man's shop where he builds model ships.


One of the model ships for sale. 



20140928_Ecuador_000420140928_Ecuador_0004 We found a very interesting street to walk down where the local kids were hanging out.  




The rain was gone and it turned out to be a warm, sunny day.

20140928_Ecuador_000120140928_Ecuador_0001 Porto City Hall is one of Porto's landmarks, situated at the top of Aliados Avenue, in the heart of downtown.  This building dates back to the beginning of the 20th century.  

20140928_Ecuador_000120140928_Ecuador_0001 There is a solid 70m high tower with a carillon clock.  A carillon is a music instrument, the tones of which are produced by bells. 20140928_Ecuador_000720140928_Ecuador_0007 In retrospect, maybe it would have been a good idea to go on the bus to cover more territory.  Instead, we walked all day in the historic area and did manage to cover a lot of ground.   We weren't worried about getting lost because we could always just walk down the hills to the river.  





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 I don't remember her story but she was very happy to model for us.  I seemed to remember her being involved in some kind of advertising shoot.


Another building that reminded me of Cuba.








Equal billing for dogs and cats.  Since I included a cat photo, here is the dog photo.   

20140928_Ecuador_001620140928_Ecuador_0016 One last shot before heading back to the hotel to meet the rest of the group.

20140928_Ecuador_001720140928_Ecuador_0017 This shot was taken from the hotel grounds.

20140928_Ecuador_001420140928_Ecuador_0014 In the late afternoon, our group went to W & J Graham's for a tour of their wine making facilities.  Graham's was one of the first Port companies to invest in its own vineyards in Portugal's Douro Valley in 1890.  The company is renowned for producing the finest Port wines.  After our tour we had an outstanding dinner in their dining room.

20140928_Ecuador_001820140928_Ecuador_0018 I took some photos from the garden at Graham's between the tour and dinner.  As much as I would have preferred to be shooting the sunset (from a better location) rather than eating dinner, I have to admit the the food was pretty amazing.  I don't remember everything we ate, but there was a lot of platters of food, one being  beef tenderloin  and because we were in Portugal I'm thinking lots fish dishes.  

20140928_Ecuador_001920140928_Ecuador_0019 Our dining room.

20140928_Ecuador_002020140928_Ecuador_0020 After dinner we stopped at the bridge (where I had been at 6 A.M.) to do some night photography.





20140929_Ecuador_002320140929_Ecuador_0023 Next up, a few more shots of Porto and on to Sintra.



Lynn Muller(non-registered)
What a beautiful place!
A super collection. The night photos are especially well done
I love the first picture of the man but I really like the one of the cat in the open window. The red mirror is great too because the reflections are so interesting. It's a great collection of images.
Some really nice work here! So many great shots...but the view of the street shot through the red curtain was one that made me stop and look again and again! Also, the somewhat ornate red mirror and the reflections...WOW!
So glad that I saw this blog!
Thanks for all the Portugal photos, Marsha. I feel like I've had a visit to the country. Best, Beth
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