Snippets from Porto

Camera ready? Yes, indeed. Who knew our first photo would be of us? Students from the University of Porto were fundraising for academic projects and asked if we’d like to have our photo taken with them (for a small donation). Why not? University of Porto students wear traditional black suits and capes. We had read this student tradition had inspired JK Rowling, who lived in Porto for 3 years, in her choice for Hogwart’s school uniforms in her Harry Potter books.

University of Porto students and us. We declined their kind offer to don the robes.

University of Porto students and us. We declined their kind offer to don the robes.

Another (supposed) inspiration for the Harry Potter Hogwarts’s library is one of the oldest and best bookstores in Portugal, Livraria Lello.

Taking photos inside is only allowed between 9 and 10am, before the store opens…and you can see everyone was busy taking photographs, not perusing books.

Taking photos inside is only allowed between 9 and 10am, before the store opens…and you can see everyone was busy taking photographs, not perusing books.

Whenever we took our walks in Porto, we watched others photograph monuments and each other. Instead, we often photographed birds, bees, and trees.

The old city wall as a seagull perch.

The old city wall as a seagull perch.

A peacock in the Crystal Palace Garden

A peacock in the Crystal Palace Garden

We weren’t fast enough to get a shot of two bees vying for this flower. Still, we got a photo of the victor.

We weren’t fast enough to get a shot of two bees vying for this flower. Still, we got a photo of the victor.

Photo taken at the Serralves Park

Photo taken at the Serralves Park

We went for the popular Six Bridges boat ride on the Douro River. We looked up from the river to see places we’d walked — this time from a new angle.

The old city wall in the background. Can you spot the funicular bringing passengers down the steep hill?

The old city wall in the background. Can you spot the funicular bringing passengers down the steep hill?

Every night we looked out of our AirBnB window to the illuminated Porto Cathedral nearby. Inspired by another blogger, the eff stop, we decided it was time for a night photo, and the only way to do it was to play around with manual settings and use a tripod. We don’t have one. The tripod was achieved with a stack of books set up on the interior window ledge. A folded map propped up the front of the camera to get a good angle. We used a 10-second time delay and set a slow speed. After trying various speeds we got a photo that worked for us.

he Porto Cathedral - taken from our studio window

The Porto Cathedral – taken from our studio window

 

September 2014

 

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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3 Responses to Snippets from Porto

  1. Terry says:

    I never realised how beautiful it is in Porto – it looks a like gothic architecture, not what I expected!

  2. bernice rowe says:

    Wow! What great pix….I loved the “Hogwarts” library…hard to find even a modern bookstore these days at home…Love the blog….Bernice

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