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Porto, Portugal. Part 1

November 20, 2017

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to the last double post about my recent trip to Porto in Portugal.

I find it easier to judge how I feel about a place after I’ve returned from it and go through the exercise of sifting through my photographs. Pictures have such strong connections to my memories, visual prompts I guess, I find they trigger thoughts and ideas much more than descriptions or words ever do. Porto, for me, is all about contrasts. New and old, up and down, tradition verses contemporary. Lots of empty buildings, some with scaffolding, some being refurbished and others just being bought. It’s a city, very much in the process of change and being redefined.

Snaking alleyways and winding stairways lead people to and from their homes to the city centre. Like tributaries running to the river.

You don’t just have to travel on foot !

The locals still like to hang out !

Almost everywhere you look, there’s always an up and down buildingwise.

Colour scaling the grey.

Warm tones.

Life in the busy city.

An amazing cafe (below) called Backsons who do fine Burgers and Mussels, well worth a visit. And a couple of views from a train journey to Pinhao which I didn’t cover in the posts. Watch out for Part two later this week.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Cindi L permalink
    November 27, 2017 6:39 pm

    Enjoying your photo journey!

    • November 28, 2017 9:38 am

      Thanks Cindi, I still can’t quite believe I was only there for 4 nights. I seemed to see quite a bit lol

  2. November 27, 2017 10:23 pm

    wow, what a beautiful place. Would be fun to stay a few months, I’m thinking that is the amount of time needed to be able to take everything in (once!). Love the peeling paint and scruffy building surfaces. Really like that near-to-the-end shot of the buildings, the light and dark contrast. Were you getting cozy with the cobblestones to take that shot?

    • November 28, 2017 9:40 am

      Cheers Joy, right place at the right time I think with that ‘cozy cobblestone shot’. An earlyish morning walk to the station and the sun wasn’t quite up. I think you’d like it there too.

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