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Porto: Day 3

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After attending conference sessions, I headed down to the Ribeira District, which is the most tourist-intensive section of the city.  The Ribeira lies along the banks of the Rio Duoro, featured above and below. I debated going on one of the river cruises, but I didn’t relish spending that much time in the sun, as most of the boats have open decks.

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The streets here are very hilly. The buildings are old; many are in rough shape, but they certainly have a lot of charm. There are many bars, restaurants, and cafes, as well as plenty of the usual souvenir shops. Some of the main areas of the Ribeira are featured below:

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The buildings below, in particular, caught my eye:

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Here is the obligatory shot of one of the port-tasting stores:

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The walk back was uphill all the way; seriously, there wasn’t a single flat street, so I’m now cooling off in the apartment. I’ll be trying a vegan restaurant this evening that is a few blocks away on my street.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Porto: Day 3”

  1. I find those buildings fascinating. They have a special kind of architecture. A friend from Italy visited Vancouver and couldn’t understand why we had so many windows compared to Italy. We decided that Italy’s buildings were designed to keep the interior cool, whereas Vancouver required more light given our rainforest environment. Anyway, love the photos!

  2. Many Mediterranean areas have similar architecture, but mostly when it comes to their older houses; the newer houses don’t abide by the same principles, in many cases. It was common, for example, for houses to have slatted shutters for their windows and balconies to keep out the sun and flies; air can circulate through the slats. Higher ceilings help with circulation, as well. The fewer windows might be related to population density, rather than to keep cool (windows actually help the cooling process), as you find a low of row houses with windows limited to the front and the back of the houses.

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