Friday, July 31, 2009

Fast food - Porto's style


Photo by myself.

When I want to eat something delicious without thinking about calories or fat, I ask for a "Francesinha" and a cold beer ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesinha ) This is a kind of hot sandwich, with two slices of fresh bread, a slice of ham, a steak (veal), two or three different types of cold meats, lots of cheese, a extremely spicy hot sauce (to melt the cheese) and an egg on top. If you want I can leave a recipe of it!

Guess who's coming?


Photo by myself.

Ok. It's July. The sky is blue and it's hot outside. I go to the balcony and guess who's coming? FOG! The fog and the north wind are always present during the summer months. Maybe that's the reason why are so many english living in the city (lol). Happy weekend!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

An old woman.


Photo by myself.

The beach is always a popular destination among the elders. I saw this old lady doing hers "hygienic morning walk". It's quite normal to see the elders, during the morning, walking or running by the beach. I think it's never to late to get fit...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Old town


Photo by myself.

You can see here an ancient square. We call it the "Lion's Square" for obvious reasons. A few years ago it was a very busy commercial area. Nowadays, it's used essentially by students (there's a medical college and the university central services near by).

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Two cities, one bridge.

Photo by myself.

The story of Porto is full of episodes related to the sea, the river, and the bridges. When this bridge was build, lots of people from everyplace in the world, came to see the bridge collapse during the inauguration day! As you can see, that didn't happen! In the XIX century, during the Napoleonic invasions, the french army was halted in the city, by the destruction of the "ponte das barcas" (a bridge made of several boats linked together). To feed the portuguese and the english army, the people of Porto ate the animal's (cows) guts, giving the meat to the soldiers. That's why today, we are known as the "Tripeiros" (or gut eater), and we are proud of it!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Porto by night


Photo by myself.

I took this photo yesterday. With a night like this, I'm sure we are going to have a glorious weekend!

Friday, July 24, 2009

The old customs house


Photo by myself.

The big building on the left side of the river, is the old customs house. Nowadays is very popular convention centre. On the right side of the river lies the city of Vila Nova de Gaia. The two cities are separated by the river Douro. This area is very popular among the tourists since they can go to the wine cellars for FREE port wine proofs! Do you know Port wine? Do you like it? Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A different McDonalds

Photo by myself.

I'm back and feeling good (thanks for your concern guys:). This is a photo of the first McDonalds in Porto. They used an ancient coffee shop (we call it a "Café"), named "Imperial". It was a very controversial option, since the Café was one of the city's ex-libris. How stupid can this decision be?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Flu (not the H1N1 type!)

Photo by myself.

I'm ill. I have some kind of flu. I will post more photos tomorrow if I feel fine at the moment. I'm posting a photo of some palm trees. It's hard to believe the photo was taken here, in Porto.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Porto Bike Tour 2009


Photo by myself (iphone photo).

I took some photos to the "Porto Bike Tour 2009" (http://biketour.sapo.pt/content.php?contentid=3559). It was a very hot day, but everybody was very happy with the event (probably for getting a bicycle for 50€!). Anyway, for 1 day in the year we could use the freeway, cross the main bridge (Arrábida) and having a great time! I also made a short video, while I was driving in the opposite direction (sorry for the lousy quality, but I used a photo camera!).

video

Saturday, July 18, 2009

An Original Library

"Free Internet Wireless, Here"




Photos by myself.

Today I went to a park near the downtown. It's quite ancient, it was made in the early XIX century. A few years ago, the city hall approved some renovations. The photos show a public library. The architect made a wood barrier to give some isolation (heat and sound). As you can see, the building is surrounded by trees, and the wood barrier hides the building. I think it is a clever way to merge with the nature. What do you think about this? Happy weekend!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Meditation...


Photo by myself. Today I went for a walk near the beach. I saw a this man sitting against the wood fence. Who do you think he might be? A poet looking for inspiration? An artist? A drunken man with a big hangover?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Aliens???




Photos by myself.
Today I went to the City Hall. I saw dozens of plastic men standing on the middle of the avenue. Aliens maybe? No, it's just a public art exposition made by a few artist. The goal is to make an auction and raise money for the homeless. That's a great and fun idea!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The iBar

Photo by myself using my iphone!
Ok, this is NOT a joke! I've found a bar named "i Bar"! Maybe Steve Jobs is trying to diversify...
What do you think will be next? An i Wife 3.0 s? An i Husband 2.0? Or maybe an i Muffin(lol)

Monday, July 13, 2009

An original restaurant

Photo by myself, using my IPhone.
We, me and my wife, went to a restaurant, for lunch. It's a very interesting place, with wonderful food and great wines. But the most interesting thing about it is the grocery. The restaurant has a little grocery with "gourmet" food and ingredients. You can buy italian pastas, greek cheese, wine from New Zealand, butter cookies from UK, etc...

Friday, July 10, 2009

The fishermen's angel


Everybody have their own superstitions. My country (most part of the population is catholic) has strong believes regarding the divine protection. The fishermen are probably the most devoted. A few years ago, a portuguese artist made this statue to protect the fishermen. What do you think about this? Does the religion have a place in a world full of blogs, myspace, twitter, etc... ? Happy weekend!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The smallest beach in the world...


Photos by my self. You can see here two jetties or breakwaters. The one on the right, is the oldest. Last year the harbor authorities builded a new one, wider and longer. The space left between then, made a very small and strange beach. This is a very popular place to the fishermen. In the summer, it is normal to see old folks, with their speedos (yes, in Europe it's normal to wear speedos! lol) extremely tanned. During the winter months it's an excellent place to get killed by the raging waves!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Fishermen and seagulls

Photo by myself. A small fishing boat chased by seagulls. In Porto, there are 2 fishing harbors. The city is known for the restaurants, the wine, the soccer team (F.C.Porto) and of course for the fresh fish and seafood.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

A face on the ground

Photo by myself (I used my iphone).

Yesterday, I went to a street full of art galleries. I took my son with me. They made a pedestrian street, with lots of smiley faces on the pavement. You can see two shadows (myself and my son) and a smiley face. There's no need to say that the real fun of the walk was looking for the faces on the ground. That's the only form of art my son appreciates.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday at last!


Friday! Finally! I had a crazy week. Too much work. I'm thinking about changing my profession. Did you know that dentists have the highest suicide rate among the health care providers? It's a very demanding job. We have to deal everyday, with lots of complains from frighten patients. And in the end all the success and failure are your responsibility. The patients don't care if they don't have a good hygiene. It's never their fall. So, I think I can say this is a very stressful job. I took this photo in one of my "Zen moments". You can see the river (Douro), the Atlantic Ocean, and the south border of the city. Happy weekend everybody!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The bridge


This is the "Ponte da Arrábida" (Arrábida's bridge -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrábida_Bridge). This bridge is used by thousands of people, everyday, to cross the Douro river. Like most bridges, it's a place of big traffic jams, but at least we have a great view!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

An original bar...

This bar, was made on top of a rock, very close to the sea. During the summer months, it's always crowed... everybody wants the same, a drink on the rocks on a cold spot.