Expat Magazine

Porto Through My Lens

By Gail Aguiar @ImageLegacy
Capela das Almas, Porto

Capela das Almas

My time away in the UK was incredibly enriching, but an unexpectedly busy couple of days back sent me on a long detour from writing about the trip. (All for good reasons, though.) Yesterday, not 10 hours after landing at Porto Airport, I was back to my Wednesday morning volunteer duty. After volunteering and walking the dog, I was at the airport again to pick up our German visitor. Today there’s a storm alert, but I gave him an all-day tour around the city as planned, anyway. The poor man arrived in the worst weather Porto’s seen in nearly a year!

As it is his first time in Portugal, I kept to my usual arrangement of giving a “Gail Tour” on the first full day. This typically includes a lot of walking, with stops for architecture, coffee and pastries, history, street art, lunch, language basics, and whatever else I can squeeze in.

Pérola do Bolhão, Porto

Pérola do Bolhão

The weather co-operated for about half the time, with bursts of sunshine between cloudy periods. But while we were walking across the top deck of the Luís I Bridge, the predicted storm rolled in quickly, pelting us with sleet within minutes, the wind whipping our clothes sideways as we hurried across. The rain was fierce, leaving us half-drenched when we reached Vila Nova de Gaia — the body halves facing west towards the ocean. My whole right side was soaked and my left was dry! That was our signal to eat lunch by a fire, and I knew exactly where to find it: Micha on Avenido Diogo Leite. We had the table right next to the fireplace.

Ferreira Cellars, Vila Nova de Gaia

Ferreira Cellars

Our last couchsurfer didn’t drink, and I couldn’t persuade him to visit the wine cellars in Gaia for viticulture education. (I did try, as wine production plays an important role in the Portuguese gastronomy and economy). This time, our visitor was game for a cellar tour and I chose one of the producers on my To Visit List: Ferreira. I’ll write about the Ferreira tour/tasting in more depth as a separate post, but for now I’ll say it was an ideal activity on this weird weather afternoon, and we were able to dry off by the end of it.

Mercado do Bolhão, Porto

Mercado do Bolhão

The whole day was a stark reminder that I have a post in draft called “What To Do In Porto On A Rainy Day” but it’s been neglected because until now it’s barely rained! I’d better get a move on that…

February 2, 2017
Album: Portugal [Winter 2016/2017]

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Big Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy in China

    Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy China

    Coca-Cola is at it again. As soda sales decline in the United States and Europe, beverage companies look to emerging economies like China for growth. And, it... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dietdoctor
  • Jewellery for a Precious You

    Jewellery Precious

    Jewellery is always close to a woman’s heart. It completes her look and boost confidence. Considering the changing trends in jewellery fashion, it becomes... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dr.jenifer Sayyed
  • Rajshri Productions’ Next Is A Film On Friendship | Hum Chaar | Trailer

    Abhishek Dixit’s debut feature film Hum Chaar is a Bollywood film made under the banner of Rajshri’s film. Hum Chaar is written and directed by Abhishek Dixit. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
  • Saint Paul the First Hermit

    Saint Paul First Hermit

    Today is the feast day of Saint Paul the hermit. This is a sweet and delicate Oatmeal Bread topped with rolled oats and naturally sweetened with agave. Saint... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Veronica46
  • Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu | Teaser | Pranav Mohanlal | Arun Gopy

    Arun Gopy’s Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu is an upcoming Malayalam action-drama feature film starring Pranav Mohanlal and Zaya David in the lead roles. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
  • A Year Of Body Positivity

    Year Body Positivity

    Last January, as I sat there on New Years eve all set to make the same old resolutions I've made year after year for as long as I can remember, I realised how... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Sparklesandstretchmarks
  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – Jan 2019

    Garden Bloggers Bloom 2019

    Euphorbia rigidaWhen I went out to take the photos for this blog post I was surprised at how much was in flower dotted around the garden. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Patientgardener