Local Heart, Global Soul

October 25, 2010

Missed the Restaurant but Manage to Catch the Boat…

Filed under: PORTUGAL — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We have ventured into the heart of Porto. It’s still relatively early so we park the car in a car park that was recommended to us by Bing from the campsite: it’s right on the river, close to the center, costs are reasonable and it’s easy to find.

Great Tip as we find this to be true on all counts so we start the day out very much on the right foot.

We wander from the car park along small waterfront streets and find ourselves looking at an advertisement for a boat tour… Yes, we think, that sounds like a good start to seeing Porto.

Himself and I spy the little arched entrance into what we remembered was a restaurant that we ate at 15 years ago on our honeymoon.

Sadly it’s currently cleaned out and in the process of being completely renovated so it wasn’t possible to lunch there today. It’s a pity as a trip down memory lane would have been fun.

It was in that restaurant that I learned to adore fresh green olives, having previously only tasted ones in jars and never being particularly impressed with the taste.

It’s also where I had my very first piece of Portuguese bread and first green wine, both still firm favourites today.

We also remember sitting close to the doorway, on the right hand side, in the deep shadow, looking out though the arch, at the boats going up and down, just as they are today.

There were vine leaves draped over the entrance way back then too, but sadly they seem all that remain of the place we remember.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I did take photos way back then, film ones of course, now bundled up in packets with negatives in a box somewhere. I’ll have to do some digging and see what I can turn up.

Our reminiscences are interrupted as we only have to wait for a five minutes before our boat departs, there are only six of us on board in total, the Kiwidutch family of four and two other tourists.

Since the other two get on first and take seats at the back, we get prime seats up front in the boat and almost unobstructed views in all directions for looking around and taking photographs.

The tour takes almost an hour so we make ourselves comfortable for this, the “Six Bridges” tour.

The bridges here are amazingly high, and of course famous in their own right, and the most well known one is “Luis I bridge”  (Ponte Luis I) and the similar one called “Ponte Dona Maria just down the river  from another  ironwork bridge that was designed by a certain Monsieur Gustave Eiffel, who of course went on to build another ironwork structure that gained even more enduring fame for it’s imposing form than this one did.

Without ado we set off… and the view from the river unfolds before us…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

….Ponte Luis I

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Monsieur Gustave Eiffel’s beautiful ironwork bridge…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Phew the journey is such a photographic paradise, I hardly know where to point the camera next…


  1. What a wonderful conglomeration of buildings, from a wide variety of centuries it would appear! I was recently in a city with a Gustave Eiffel structure myself (Budapest, Hungary’s Western Railway Station) 🙂 I think I’m going to have to take your recently received suggestion and add Portugal to my wishlist of future trips!

    Comment by Carrie — October 25, 2010 @ 9:38 pm | Reply

    • Gustave Eiffel was responsible for quite a few buildings around the world, as well as the famous bridges and of course the tower that now famously bears his name. Yes, adding Portugal to your list is a great idea! We could go together LOL!

      Comment by kiwidutch — October 30, 2010 @ 8:13 am | Reply

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