Porto, Portugal

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24

Almost every year I get to travel to Porto (can also be called Oporto), Portugal.  Such a beautiful old city!!  I had an evening to take some photos and how could you not with views like this?  My hotel is right on the waterfront with amazing views of this lovely bridge (D. Luis Iron Bridge).  It was only a 15 minute walk to get to this point.  Porto is avery old city and they have tried to keep the charm by allowing very old buildings and houses to stay close to the river.  Unfortunately, most are falling apart and need a major renovation…but it gives a historical view to anyone walking around.   During November this area is quiet and it seemed just like town people around.  I can assume during the summer it is very busy and lots of action going on!

For those who are wine drinkers…Porto is the origin for Port Wine!   Across the river you can see below the bridge some buildings…these are the wine cellars of many port wine companies.  One wine cellar had very large signs – Porto Cruz.   Not sure if it is the largest cellar  in Porto?  I would enjoy one day visiting and taking photos of the cellars!  Maybe next trip?

Here is some info from the web:  Port is a fortified wine from the remote vineyards in Portugal’s Douro Valley. Here, in the Douro Valley, time has almost stood still. You will not find the latest wine making techniques and fancy equipment. Instead, you will find a wine industry much the way it was over a hundred years ago. Yet, in spite of it, or because of it, vintage Port is one of the world’s greatest wines.  Port takes its name from the city of Oporto that is situated at the mouth of the 560-mile long Rio Douro or River of Gold. Although many port-style wines are made around the world – most notably Australia, South Africa and the United States – the strict usage of the terms Port or Porto refer only to wines produced in Portugal. It is these wines that we will explore here.

I have a few more pictures from this amazing place…will post em soon!  Enjoy a glass a wine for me!