Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Summer weekend!

Photo by myself. We had a great weekend! The temperature raised above the 30ºC! I took this photo on the south part of Portugal (Algarve). It's a little off topic, but shows the spirit of summer in Portugal. I hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The old town - A Ribeira

Photos by myself. The south border of Porto is made by the river Douro. That area is called "Ribeira". It's the oldest part of the city. Porto’s historical centre it was classified by the UNESCO as “World Cultural Heritagein December 1996, . This is a very beautiful area, with lots of tourists, restaurants and of course, Port wine cellars! The boats (Rabelo boats) were used to carry the Port wine from the Douro 's vineyards, upriver, to the city. Nowadays the wine is transported by trucks.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The city park (Parque da Cidade)

Photos by myself. Today I went to the Parque da Cidade (city park). This is Porto's biggest green area. It's located on the west part of the city. I took a few photos, from diferent areas. I hope you enjoy it!

Warning! This is NOT Tai-Chi !

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A new computer!

Photo by myself. I've been away for a few days. I have a new computer, an iMac! For the last 20 years, I've always worked (and play) with PCs. So this is a big change for me.
About the picture... I took it this morning. It's an old lamp post near the seaside. I think the rain is gone for good!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A strange chapel

Photo by myself. This is a very strange chapel! The bell is located near a window and there is a satelite dish on the roof. A new way to talk to God?

Friday, May 22, 2009

A Casa da Música (The House of Music)

The memorial of the Napoleonic wars.

Photos by my self. The Casa da Música (House of music) was build when Porto was the european capital of culture, in 2001 . It is a very intersting building, located near the memorial of the Napoleonic Wars (The Lion represents the english and portuguese armies, and the eagle represents the french army).

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Riverside II

Old anchors.

A memorial related to the conquer of Ceuta (city in Morroco), by the portuguese in 1415. The fleet sailed from Porto. Porto is also the birth place of the Prince Henry the Navigator.

An old shipyard. There's a brigde on the horizont. That's the Arrábida's brigde. It connects Porto (on the left side) to Gaia (on the right side).

Some ancient tram cars. Nowadays, they are used mostly by tourists.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The riverside

Photos by myself. The Sun is back! On the first hours of the day, it is normal to see some fog. Today I went to the riverside (river Douro). I saw a few fishermans trying their luck on the boardwalk.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The seaside

Photos by my self. Today I went for a walk, on the west part of the city, the seaside. It's usual to find lots of people walking, jogging or ridding bicycles, there. It's also normal to see some surffers and fishermans. Still no sign of the Spring!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The old and the new

The rain is back!!! Spring, where are you? This is the street where I used to live when I was a child. Me and my friends used to call to this house, the "Haunted House"! 30 years later, many things are  changed. The right part of the house is now an art galery. The other side remains as a family house. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The rain is gonne!

Photo by myself in home. You can see Porto, the river Douro and the Atlantic Ocean. The Spring is back!