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I couldn’t help recognising the scene in this photo from Saturday’s Guardian Review:-

Porto

It was illustrating an ensemble piece about various writers’ relationship with Europe.

The photo brought back memories of that wonderful trip we took down (and up) the River Douro from just that jetty in the picture and which I featured in this post:-

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And this one:-

Porto Buildings from Bank of River Douro

Curiously an item on Reporting Scotland on Thursday? night about the trip of Rangers to Porto for a Europa League* game also showed scenes of the same jetty. Synchronicity.

*So-called.

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.

On the River, Porto

Bank of River Douro, Porto, Dom Luís I Bridge to left of photo:-

Bank of River Douro, Porto

Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, Porto, Dom Luís I Bridge to extreme right:-

Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, Porto

Yacht on river:-

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Riverside buildings and river cruise boats:-

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Another river cruise boat. Its inhabitants must have been visiting the port warehouses along the banks as they were in singing mood!:-

river cruise boat

More buildings, Arrábida Bridge in background:-

Buildings , Porto and Arrábida Bridge

Down by the Riverside, Porto

I took this photo of the Arrábida Bridge (of which more later) from the road above the north bank of the River Douro before we found the starting point for the boat trip:-

Arrábida Bridge, Porto from North Bank

And I took this zoom from the bank itself:-

Arrábida Bridge Zoom

River bank buildings hard by the Dom Luís I Bridge:-

River Bank Buildings, Porto

Other river bank buildings:-

Buildings by River Douro, Porto

Heritage Tram, Porto:-

Heritage Tram, Porto

This bridge seemed to take a road out over the river,* presumably because the houses were right on the bank and allowed no room:-

Bridge Over River Bank, Porto

Cable cars. They seemed to come down from near the Dom Luís I Bridge:-

Cable Cars, Porto

*Edited to add:- it’s called the Viaduto do Caias das Pedras.

Ponte de São João (St John’s Bridge) Porto

Back to more pleasant things.

This is the Ponte de São João or St John’s Bridge in Porto which appeared in the background of my photos of the Maria Pia Bridge and replaced it as a carrier of rail traffic across the River Douro.

Ponte de São João (St John's Bridge) Porto

It’s another elegant concrete structure:-

Under St John's Bridge, Porto

If you look to the left of the bridge support in the above photos you can see kilns. Those brown things look like kilns anyway. This closer view also shows the nice arches on the river embankment:-

Ponte de São João and Kilns, Porto

Dom Luís I Bridge, Porto

Porto is bridge heaven. There are six bridges across the River Douro of which the Dom Luís I Bridge (Ponte D. Luís I) is a two-deck bridge that carries the metro line I featured a few posts ago as well as road traffic on its lower level.

Dom Luís I Bridge, Porto

Dom Luís I Bridge, Porto

It being a very nice day we enquired about the length of the boat trip available on the nearer boat in the above pictures and having plenty of time decided to go for it.

From that vantage point we got closer to the north bridge support buttress:-

Dom Luís I Bridge, Porto, North Support Buttress

The one below is from the bridge’s Wikipedia page and the last photo is of a distant viaduct bridge somewhere across the Douro which I had taken on the way down to the river:-

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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

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