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Global Covid-19 Pendamic. It is a stressful time for everyone. We just made it home to Paris, from Porto. Right after our return, Portugal is deciding to shut everything down. From today, 15th of March 2020, Monday, Paris is in official lockown. So, we do not know what is coming for us in future. But we are certainly hoping for the best. And preparing for the worst. I hope, you will look at our past, present and future blogs from the educational point of view. Stay safe. We wish you all the best.
The name of the country, Portugal, came from Porto. Porto is also known as Oporto. Do not confuse the me with fast food chain. It is also the producer of one of the Portugal’s biggest exports and delicious Port wine, goes by the same name, Porto.
Our Apartment was not the best unfortuntely. It was beautiful and well equipped. But my god, it was noisy. The windows were not the best and we had to use airplugs to get to sleep. We arrived in our apartment by taking a 45 minutes of metro from the airport. We then ended the evening with a overpriced delicious indian restaurant which was right next to us.
OUR 1ST DAY IN PORTO
A day strolling around Porto.
Paços Do Concelho (city hall. With Porto in front)
Paços Do Concelho , City hall of Porto
Eat Carvejareira Brasso for Porto’s speciality food : Francesinha and Tripas a modo do Porto.
We started our day by eating a Porto’s classic food Francesinha. iIs a twist on a classic French sandwich. Not a recipe for vegetarians, the Francesinha is a sandwich filled with four or five different meats, covered in cheese and drowned in sauce.
Tripas à Moda do Porto. Tripas a Moda do Porto or Tripe in the style of Oporto recipe is a traditional dish from Oporto that symbolizes the famed generosity of the city. This traditional tripe stew is a signature dish of Porto, a city whose citizens are even nicknamed tripeiros because of their love for tripe. The dish typically consists of veal tripe, white beans, smoked ham and pork sausage, pork or calf knuckles, carrots, onions, various spices such as paprika and cumin, and different cuts of pork and chicken.
Igreja da Trindade (Church of TrinDade)
Igreja da Trindade (Church of TrinDade). The Igreja da Trindade was built in the 19th century and is one of the most imposing churches in the city of Porto. It forms part of the complex of buildings that make up the hospital of the Third Order of the Holy Trinity, created in 1755 after the suppression of the Order of St. Dominic.
Capela das Almas.
La Capela das Almas immediately catches the eye of a passer-by on Rua Santa Catarina. Its rich decorations of azulejos represent scenes from the lives of several saints, including the death of Saint Francis and the martyrdom of Saint Catherine. Surprisingly, these tiles only date from the beginning of the 20th century, but Eduardo Leite painted them in a classic 18th century style.
Then we walked through a vibrant street Street till Cafe Majestic (don’t go there for coffee because it is expensive. Go to the opposite one. Too expensive. and Coliseu do Porto.
Street not far from La Capela Interesting Art Coliseu Do Porto Majestic Coffee.
Igreja de Santo ildefonso. Another blue church with cross in the front.
Igreja de Santo ildefonso. Igreja de Santo ildefonso. The view from Igreja de Santo ildefonso.. The granite church, in Baroque style, was 30 years in construction and is named after an early, 7th century Bishop of Toledo, Ildephonsus. The Igreja de Santo Ildefonso stands on a slight incline and has a striking façade of over 11,000 classic blue and white azulejos, added in 1932 by Jorge Colaço, depicting the life of Saint Ildefonso and stories from the Gospels. Jorge Colaço was also responsible for the tile work on other churches in Porto including the Igreja dos Congregados, near Sao Bento Station. The church also has some beautiful stained glass windows and a pipe organ dating from 1811. The two bell towers are topped with stone crosses, masonry spheres and flag poles with flags of Portugal.
Pass by, igreja dos congregados and Plaça da Liberdade with the horse statue.
The Igreja dos Congregados is located in Praça de Almeida Garrett , in the city of Porto , in Portugal . The church was built in 1703 in a place where there was a chapel dedicated to Santo António, dating from 1662 , which was destroyed a few years earlier [ 1 ] for the construction of the church. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] It was attached to the Convent of the Congregation of the Oratory . In the chapel of the Holy Family is the tomb of the mummified body, richly dressed by Pope Saint Clement, a martyr. The only Pope who rests far from the Vatican. He was identified by professor Paulo de Souza Pinto, historian and licensed by the University of Porto.
Praça da Liberdade, Porto Liberty Square is located in the very heart of Porto. Originated in the early 18th century, this square is dominated by the monument of King Peter IV, who was inaugurated here in the 19th century. The mounted statue of the King holds the Constitution which he had fought fiercely for during his life in the so-called Liberal Wars. Siding Praça da Liberdade are numerous cafes and shops, and the square itself is large enough for a pleasant stroll or a comfortable sit on one of the benches and having a carpe diem moment watching the crowds pass by.
If you look on the right, There is a Farmacia. Where we bought our masks for protection.
We Came back and did groceries to end the day.
OUR 2ND DAY IN PORTO
University Porto and fountain of the alliance.
Univercity of Porto
The Fountain of the alliance. (Portuguese: Fonte dos Leões), is a 19th-century fountain built by French company Compagnie Générale des Eaux pour l’Etranger, in the civil parish of Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória in municipality of Porto. Cast by the Val d’Osne foundry in France, it is a copy, in most part, of the fountain in the Town Hall Square of Leicester, England
2 churches next to each other. Right one is the Igreja do Carno. Lift is the Igreja Dos Carmelitas
The Igreja do Carmo and Igreja dos Carmelitas, at the corner of Praça de Carlos Alberto and Rua do Carmo, are two churches in Porto that stand almost side by side. The two churches are separated by a very narrow (1 meter wide) house that was inhabited until the 1980’s. The house was built so that the two churches would not share a common wall and to prevent any relations between the nuns of Igreja dos Carmelitas and the monks of Igreja do Carmo.
The Lello Bookstore (Portuguese: Livraria Lello), also known as Livraria Lello & Irmão and Livraria Chardron, is a bookstore located in civil parish of Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória, in the northern Portuguese municipality of Porto. Along with Bertrand in Lisbon, it is one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal and frequently rated among the top bookstores in the world (placing third in lists by guidebook publisher Lonely Planet and The Guardian)
Igreja e Torre dos clerigos.
The Clérigos Church (Portuguese: Igreja dos Clérigos, [ “Church of the Clergymen”) is a Baroque church in the city of Porto, in Portugal. Its tall bell tower, the Torre dos Clérigos, can be seen from various points of the city and is one of its most characteristic symbols.
Centro Portuguese de Photographia.
The Portuguese Center of Photography is a free public service, based in Porto, in the former Cadeia da Relação building. It was created in 1997 by the then Ministry of Culture and is currently supervised by the Directorate-General for Books, Archives and Libraries. The competences attributed to it aim at the promotion and enhancement of the photographic heritage, which includes the archival treatment of species and the management of the National Photography Collection. The CPF also maintains an annual program of temporary exhibitions, a permanent Museological Center, which comprises a rare and valuable collection of cameras, a specialized library, where species consultation and reproduction services, a store, and a free service also operate. guided tours of the building and exhibitions subject to prior booking.
Mercado Ferreira Borges.
Mercado Ferreira Borges. a market built in 1885 and named after a famous politician from Porto that supported the liberal troops during our civil war in the XIX century. It is a remarkable representation of the iron period in Europe, from which only a few buildings survive.
With Statua Istatua Infante overlooking the river and part of the city.
The Estatua do Infante D. Henrique, or the statue of Prince Henry the Navigator, was first installed in Porto in 1894. The creation of sculptor Tomás Costa, it celebrates the life of this 14th century prince who is famous for his many maritime discoveries. The prince was the fifth son of King John I who was the founder of the Dynasty of Avis. Born in 1394, Prince Henry was a master seaman whose expeditions and military exploits are famous. He was credited with securing significant trade routes for Portugal, making the country the world’s major economic power of the time. It was under the leadership of Prince Henry that Portugal sent expeditions around the Ivory Coast of Africa, which gave Portugal access to the vast riches of Africa, including gold. He was rewarded for his discoveries with many titles, including appointment as the leader of the Order of Christ. The monument is located near the Ribeira section of Porto. It has a very tall pedestal with the sculpture of the Prince who is turned toward the ocean and points authoritatively, as if giving orders to his men. The pedestal has relief sculptures encrusted thereupon, depicting scenes from the life of Prince Henry.
Palacio da bolsa.
The Stock Exchange Palace (Portuguese: Palácio da Bolsa) is a historical building in Porto, Portugal. The palace was built in the 19th century by the city’s Commercial Association (Portuguese: Associação Comercial do Porto) in Neoclassical style. It is located in the Infante D. Henrique Square in the historical centre of Porto, designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Along the Douro river.
The Douro ,is one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula, flowing from its source near Duruelo de la Sierra in Soria Province across northern-central Spain and Portugal to its outlet at Porto. In Pictures, Boats and the big bridge Ponte luis 1. The Dom Luís I Bridge (Portuguese: Ponte de Dom Luís I), o r Luís I Bridge, is a double-deck metal arch bridge that spans the River Douro between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal. At its construction, its 172 metres (564 ft) span was the longest of its type in the world. It has been confused with the nearby Maria Pia Bridge, a railway bridge that was built 9 years earlier (and is located 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) to the east), which is similar in aspect to the Luís I bridge.
Climbing via, plaça da lideira. With cube (Cubo da Rebeira), through the alley,
The Ribeira Square ( Portuguese : Praça da Ribeira ) is a historical square in Porto , Portugal . It is included in the historical center of the city, designated World Heritage by UNESCO . The square also has a modern cubic sculpture by José Rodrigues (nicknamed the Cubo da Ribeira ) over the remains of a 17th-century fountain.
Cathedral. With Pelourinho
The Porto Cathedral (Portuguese: Sé do Porto) is a Roman Catholic church located in the historical centre of the city of Porto, Portugal. It is one of the city’s oldest monuments and one of the most important local Romanesque monuments. The square is located in the historical district of Ribeira ( riverside in Portuguese), part of the São Nicolau parish . The Ribeira district spreads alongside the Douro river and used to be a center of intense commercial and manufacturing activity since the Middle Ages. Also since that time the Ribeira Square was the site of many shops that sold fish, bread, meat and other goods. In 1491 the buildings around the square were destroyed in a fire, and the houses were rebuilt with arcades in their groundfloors. During this rebuilding campaign the square also gained a pavement made of stone slabs.
Torre Medieval. And The Episcopal Palace (Portuguese: Paço Episcopal) is the former residence of the bishops of Porto, in Portugal. The palace is located on a high elevation, near Porto Cathedral, and dominates the skyline of the city. It is part of the historical centre of Porto, designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Estaçao de San São Bento
São Bento Railway Station (Portuguese: estação ferroviária de São Bento) is a 20th-century railway terminal in the civil parish of Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória, in the municipality of Porto, district of Porto. The English translation of São Bento is Saint Benedict.The station is located in the Historic Centre of Porto, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and as a National Monument of Portugal. This building was constructed over a number of years, starting in 1904, based on plans by architect José Marques da Silva. The large panels of azulejo tile were designed and painted by Jorge Colaço; they were completed in 1916 and the station was then inaugurated. The murals represent moments in the country’s history and the multicoloured panels depict rural scenes showing the people of various regions.
. And We were offered drugs. Near the station. We denied.
OUR FINAL DAY IN PORTO
We took the tram to go to the beach.Tram fares are paid with a customized ticket that can be bought on board of the vehicle, on the Museum and in some hotels. The fare for a single trip is € 3.50. Line 1: Passeio Alegre-Infante follows the northern bank of the Douro River from Infante, via Alfândega and Massarelos, to Passeio Alegre in Foz do Douro. This line is heavily used by tourists. Line 18: Massarelos-Carmo: connects Massarelos (site of the Tram Museum) via Rua da Restauração with Carmo (Praça Parada Leitão) next to the Rectory of the University of Porto. Line 22: Circular Carmo-Batalha: connects Carmo and Praça da Batalha with the Funicular dos Guindais, with convenient connections to three stations on the Porto Metro.
Beach and Tram
We took the historical tram to visit the beaches of Porto. And Marked our last stop of the 100 days in Europe. Porto will surprise you with its quality and quality of beaches, many of which are easily accessibly by public transport. The city is rarely considered as a beach destination, but it lies at the heart of the Costa Verde, a rugged coastline of golden beaches, rocky headlands and dramatic natural scenery. The close proximity of Porto to these wonderful beaches is not widely publicised, and many visitors are unaware that a trip to Porto in summer can also include day trips to the beaches.
And then, this is it huh! We made it to our 100th at the last trip. Time to go home, to put out Butts on a real sofa, to sleep on real bed and eat light food in order to loose some weight.
We will continue to write with some awesome tips and ideas for you in future. For now, time to take a break.