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Hull

For our trip to Belgium and the Netherlands we took the ferry from Hull across to Zeebrugge.

At Hull we got onto the ship, examined the cabin, no room to have a cat never mind swing one, then went up on deck.

Hull was surprisingly green but with some industry too.

Over the dockside rooftops I spotted what I thought might be a football ground with what appeared to be the word KCom on a stand. Was it the KCom stadium, the home of Hull City AFC (and Hull FC, one of the city’s two big Rugby League clubs) I wondered? But it looked too small.

It turns out that it was KCom I had spotted but it was KCom Craven Park, the home of the other Rugby League club, Hull Kingston Rovers.

KCom Craven Park

KCom Craven Park 2

In this zoom shot the end S of “Rovers” can be seen on the far stand’s seats.

KCom Craven Park 3

Some modern architecture in Hull:-

Building, Hull

Art Deco in Matosinhos

We had a serendipitous metro stop opposite this lovely stylish building in Matosinhos. Pity the metro car’s windows intrude on the clarity:-

Art Deco, Matosinhos

I have no idea of the building’s purpose but it’s another striking one:-

Art Deco, Matosinhos

Art Deco, Matosinhos, Other View

Rule of three in the extension’s windows:-

Art Deco, Matosinhos, Extension

Art Deco in Porto (v): Armazéns Cunhas

This stunning Art Deco building fetauring a green peacock motif below the Novidade lettering is Armazéns Cunhas, a department store.

Stunning Art Deco, Porto

The shop’s motto is apparently “novelties, we sell cheaper.”

Armazéns Cunhas, Porto

Next door was the mundane by comparison, Era Porto Baixa:-

Art Deco, Porto

Gail Edwin Aguiar has some more stunning Deco from Porto on Flickr.

Coliseu at https://flic.kr/p/sWsaUi, Garagem Passos Manuel at https://flic.kr/p/tAJp5S.

And on Gail at Large, Serralves:-

Serralves

Art Deco in Porto (iv)

The Wine Box, Porto, on the northern road approaches to Dom Luís I Bridge has Art Deco styling:-


The Wine Box, Porto

Another tall Deco building. Note cartouche below roofline:,-

Another Tall Deco Building Porto

This one’s yellow paintwork emphasises the strong horizontals:-

Art Deco Style, Porto

Terrace of Deco:-

Art Deco Terrace, Porto

Zoom to lower down the terrace:-

Art Deco Detail, Porto

Art Deco in Porto (iii)

Hotel Vincci, Porto, is a modern Deco style hotel by the banks of the River Douro. Helitours landing pad is in the foreground.

Art Deco Hotel, Porto

More of Hotel Vincci fron River Douro- plus heritage tram to left:-

Hotel Vincci Porto

Close-up. I like the clock:-

Hotel Vincci Porto, Close-up

There’s a different view of the hotel here.

Art Deco in Porto (ii)

Almost Deco. Note Aragem sign on building in left foreground::-

Almost Deco in Porto

We’d just walked past Aragem which had a very unusual appearance by its side door. The wall looked a sif it had part melted!:-

Aragem, Porto

“Melted” wall upper portion:-

Upper Portion, Aragem.

Aragem from a distance:-

Aragem, Porto

Another canopied corner building:-

Art Deco Style Building, Porto

Art Deco in Porto (i)

We discovered a fair few deco style buildings in Porto – far too many for one post

On the way down from Trindad metro station two were in the one street:-

Art Deco Building, Porto

Indeed, adjacent to each other:-

Art Deco Buildings, Porto

The second one had a lovely balconied curved corner aspect:-

Art Deco Corner Aspect, Porto

Not to mention a good cartuche above the doorway:-

Art Deco Door and Canopy Detail, Porto

This one was a bit further on:-

More Art Deco, Porto

Porto

Porto is a stunning city. I suppose it helped that the sun was shining – after all, even Cowdenbeath looks good in the sunshine – but the buildings were interesting. Not just São Bento Railway Station and the tiled churches but even generally “ordinary” buildings.

This was just down from the Great War Memorial. That tiled church is just to right of centre here:-

A Street in Porto

“Ordinary” building:-

Buildings in Porto

Some of the streets were narrow though:-

A Street in Porto

And like all great cities, Porto has a river, The Douro:-

River Douro at Porto

That way kind of led us out of town so we doubled back and found this way down to the river:-

Street leading to River Douro, Porto

Looking back up to city from bank of River Douro:

Porto Buildings from Bank of River Douro

São Bento Railway Station, Porto

The best tiling we saw in Porto was at São Bento Railway Station (Estação de São Bento.)

I neglected to take a photo of the exterior. This one is from TripAdvisor:-


No tiles there obviously. But the vestibule was fantastic – not to mention packed with people whom it was impossible to avoid getting in the pictures except when only photographing the upper portions:-

São Bento Railway Station, Porto

Buildings 3 Station 1

aBuildings 5 Station 3

More of São Bento Railway Station, Porto

The frieze at the top showed agricuktural scenes:-

Frieze, São Bento Railway Station, Porto

I had to stitch two photos of the corniced ceiling to get most of it in. The words Minho and Douro refer to the province in which Porto is situated (between the Minho and dDouro rivers):-

abuildings 7 Station ceiling

This brilliant interior reminded me of Groningen Railway Station.

Buildings, Porto

One of the architectural features of buildings in Porto was tiling, as in this church:-

Tiled Church, Porto

See the side wall:-

Tiled Church Wall, Porto

This had extensive tiling:-

Tiled Building, Porto

And this was striking:-

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It wasn’t just tiling. I liked the architectural sculpture of a lion here:-

Lion Building Porto

Some buildings were less ornate but still relatively exotic to Scottish eyes:-

Building Porto

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