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Today began with a visit to the Photography Museum, housed in what was once a prison.  The building and its views of the city from windows with iron bars offered as much interest as the extensive collection of cameras, contemporary photo exhibits and photographs of former prisoners.

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Then we walked, and walked, lunched at O Barco restaurant, then walked some more, ending the afternoon in the Church of Sao Francisco (no photos) and its historic catacombs.

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We’re in Porto. This post skips a couple of detours (Cascais and Sintra) we took along the way. Catch up posts will follow as and when time allows.

For now, here are some of the highlights of Porto thus far.

The Douro River

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Port (of course)

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The Luiz I Bridge

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The Lello Bookstore

It’s not often that you get charged to enter a bookshop. The 3 Euro entry fee was instigated in July of this year to control the numbers of people who are there only to see and photograph the amazing Art Nouveau features of this interior. Guilty as charged. (Your fee comes off the price of any books you buy).

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The Majestic Cafe

We baulked at the 30 Euro per person breakfast and managed to get away with just over half that for two of us – coffee, tea, French toast and custard tarts.

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Tile art at Sao Bento Railway Station

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The Theatre District

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Art and decoration on signs and walls and shopfronts

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A Nutella dessert restaurant attracting the crowds

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Trams

 

 

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Landing in Lisbon on the first Sunday of the month ended up being not such a bad thing. Other than the crowds who were also taking advantage of the free entry to museums and monuments. What’s a queue when you’re saving Euros for other expenditure?

Today was overcast and forecast rain stayed largely at bay. The wind, however, was our constant outdoor companion.

Jeronimos Monastery is the home of the tomb of Vasco da Gama, poets and national heroes.

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The line for the Tower of Belem was long. It was backs to the wind and hold on.

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The wait was worth it, though. and the sun came out just as we were arriving for the view from this 16th Century fortress.

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