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Old January 10th, 2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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hkskyline's 2011 PORTO Photo Collection

My first Europe trip of 2011 brought me to Porto, Portugal's 2nd city. Having been to Lisbon before and after hearing some good reviews of this place, I took advantage of a dirt cheap flight and hotel combination to enjoy a few days here.







Porto is a hilly city. While the actual distances are not far on a map, going downhill then uphill to the church on the other side pictured here can be an intense work-out!







The Santos Ildefonso church is at the top of the hill and commands a good view of the city and rugged topography. The exterior is decorated with typical blue tiles, and their condition illustrate this structure's age.



























Since the cathedral sits on a hill, there are views throughout of the city, the adjacent hills, and the river.





























The Sé (cathedral) is not a particularly interesting structure, although imposing due to its location.













Port wineries lie across the river.









Homes along narrow alleys line the hillsides that stretch from the cathedral to the riverfront below.













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Old January 10th, 2012, 06:16 PM   #2
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Great pictures! Porto always seems kinda rundown and dirty but that certainly brings charm to this city
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Old January 10th, 2012, 11:22 PM   #3
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You should post the other pictures to! There are may beautifull views in your other pics that deserve to be post here!
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Old January 11th, 2012, 07:12 PM   #4
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Great photos from Porto, hkskyline
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Old January 12th, 2012, 02:03 AM   #5
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nice photos! you inspired me to go there soon , i already thought about it
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Old January 12th, 2012, 04:50 AM   #6
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you have captured the real character of the city.
the cathedral's interior is so amazing.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 09:17 AM   #7
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Thanks for your support. Here's the next part.

The Bolsa is open for tours but photography is not allowed inside. I had to live with these exterior captures.







There are so many hills in Porto it's hard to tell when one ends and the next one begins. But the narrow alleys have ended and this main street now heads downhill towards the river.























Mercado Ferreira Borges has been modernized and now doesn't look anything like a historic market inside.





Unlike the Columbus statue in Barcelona that is pointing towards Africa, Porto's Henry the Navigator statue points in the correct direction towards the Atlantic.







The Cathedral and even the other side of the river are visible from the square thanks to Porto's hilly geography.













The tram line ends in front of the church. Being single-track, trams stop first, then reverse out.







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Old January 12th, 2012, 11:10 AM   #8
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fabulous photos, lovely place with the old world charm....thanks for sharing hkskyline.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 11:51 AM   #9
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e Bolsa is open for tours but photography is not allowed inside. I had to live with these exterior captures.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 09:12 PM   #10
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Remind you of Macau?
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Old January 16th, 2012, 09:40 AM   #11
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Remind you of Macau?
Porto didn't seem as dense though. I'd say the Alfama in Lisbon is closer to Macau, less the hills.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 09:41 AM   #12
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The Douro River snakes across Porto. The waterfront is quite walkable and the pleasant breeze is quite refreshing.







The Ponte Dom Luis I dominates the cityscape. Vehicles use the bottom deck, which is very close to the water level, while light rail trains and pedestrians use the top deck.



The imposing building on the right is Casa do Infante, the birthplace of Prince Henry the Navigator.

























These cute, small trams make photogenic scenes as they rumble along.









Not many people were wandering around this part of the Douro waterfront except a few lone fishermen.

















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Old January 16th, 2012, 05:05 PM   #13
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Great shots, thanks !

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Unlike the Columbus statue in Barcelona that is pointing towards Africa, Porto's Henry the Navigator statue points in the correct direction towards the Atlantic.
Well, what is funny is that Henry the Navigator's reign led at first the Portuguese to make the tour of Africa!
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Old January 17th, 2012, 07:53 PM   #14
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Ah, yes Porto is not exactly one of the most walkable cities!

Thanks for sharing your pics.
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Old January 17th, 2012, 11:14 PM   #15
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Wonderful pics, they really show the essence of this beautiful city . Thanks for sharing
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 01:04 AM   #16
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Great photos. Have you seen something outside the historical center? Boavista, or the trendy seafront in foz, or matosinhos sul, and its shelfish restaurants. Do you went out in Clérigos/Piolho, or visited art galeries in Miguel Bombarda?


Porto have a charming center, but I think the city can offer a global city experience.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 04:36 AM   #17
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Porto looks very authentic and charming.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 07:20 AM   #18
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I will have to disagree..
Low quality photos to the abandoned part of the historical center makes it look even worse than it is, although a good number of bildings look bad there.

There´s character and a feeling to this town, but i just dont think these photos let you get there.

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Old January 30th, 2012, 07:39 AM   #19
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Great photos. Have you seen something outside the historical center? Boavista, or the trendy seafront in foz, or matosinhos sul, and its shelfish restaurants. Do you went out in Clérigos/Piolho, or visited art galeries in Miguel Bombarda?


Porto have a charming center, but I think the city can offer a global city experience.
Unfortunately, since I only had 2 full days in Porto, I stuck with the historic town centre and crossed to the other side briefly. I was originally planning to visit the coast or a fishing village nearby but that will have to wait until next time!
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Old January 30th, 2012, 07:40 AM   #20
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Sunny skies bring out the best of these historic buildings, especially when they have dark portions that contrast against the blue sky.







Think of the children!



Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Vitoria is perched on the street corner with a lovely view on one side. Too bad the doors were locked. I wanted to take a peek inside.





Having previously taken many photos of the skyline from R. da Vitoria below, I was surprised to find this quiet open area next to the church that was slightly more elevated with an even more open view.

















A few staircases later, I was back downhill and ready to explore the next part of the historic city centre.











R. das Flores was featured in the guidebooks as an architecturally-interesting street with its wrought-iron balconies. I didn't find anything particularly special though. Perhaps returning on a weekday when the shops open would have been a better choice.





























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