Sunday, August 19, 2012

Porto and a road with a view, or two

The trains weren't running but I encountered other means of transport.
a tram in Porto
I passed this quaint thing on Clerigos street. It caters for tourists.
There are yellow and red double-decker buses. If I didn't have my little dog with me I would have gone on at least one of their tours.
double-decker tourist bus in Porto

Some interesting sculptures:
newspaper seller sculpture in Porto
I had to wait to get a shot of this newspaper seller ("ardino") because lots of tourist couples were taking turns having their picture taken with this guy. And I took a fancy to this angel:
angel sculpture in Porto garden

This is what I had with my coffee - it's a "broa de mel", a rich honey sweetbread.  It was so good and fresh, that I asked the waitress to let me photograph one.
broa de mel

This is the "Passeio dos Prazeres", with the garden below:
 passeio das virtudes, no Porto
It's a pity they had to put the dumpsters right next to the sign!

Garden of the Virtues in Porto

And just a few metres from where I had left the car, I found this beautiful old fountain :
fountain on Taipas Street in Porto

This is the Arrabida Bridge ("Ponte da Arrábida"). I took it to get in and out of the city.
Arrabida Bridge across the Douro river
A road with a view

Then I decided to check out the views from the other side of the river, travelling on another road with a view:
typical boat on the Douro river
view of Porto from Gaia
That bit of green is the garden surrounding the Rosa Mota Pavilion ("Pavilhão rosa Mota").
Transport and Communications Museum in Porto
This used to be the customs building, now a congress centre and museum,
Serra do Pilar Monastery

You can just see the Serra do Pilar Monastery and the top of the steel Luís I Bridge ("Ponte de D. Luís").

If I saw all this in a few hours, imagine what you could do in a weekend!

Related posts:
I'm the great pretender tourist
Uma turista no Porto - 1

You may also like to visit:
Porto and the Gaia Wine lodges
Porto and the north

Porto - the city


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