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.
Some colourful buildings on the street.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
One last shot before heading back to the hotel to meet the rest of the group.
This shot was taken from the hotel grounds.
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.
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.
Our dining room.
After dinner we stopped at the bridge (where I had been at 6 A.M.) to do some night photography.
Next up, a few more shots of Porto and on to Sintra.