Porto the full day

June 14, 2009

We started our full day in Porto with a tour of the Casa da Musica.  After the Casa da Musica we walked around the city for a little while.

Street of Porto

Street of Porto

During wandering we stopped into the Sao Bento Train Station which is famous for its tiles that depict the history of Portugal.

Sao Bento Train Station

Sao Bento Train Station

From the train station we headed down to the river.  Down on the banks we were able to see the bridges.  Sadly the one designed by Eiffel was under construction so that you could not see it well.  Even though one of the other major bridges, the Dom Luis Bridge was open.

Dom Luis Bridge

Dom Luis Bridge

In order to get from below the bridge to the upper deck there was the Funicular dos Guindais.

Funicular dos Guindais

Funicular dos Guindais

Tracks of Funicular dos Guindais

Tracks of Funicular dos Guindais

We went across the bridge and there were some amazing views.  One of the most interesting was as you started to go across the bridge and looked down.  The buildings were in poor condition including some that were completely destroyed.  Porto was a great city that really needed some improvement and this was the most obvious point of that neglect.

Porto

Porto

As you crossed the bridge there was abilities to see large portions of the city.

Looking up the River from the Dom Luis Bridge

Looking up the River from the Dom Luis Bridge

Main section of city from Dom Luis Bridge

Main section of city from Dom Luis Bridge

Once on the other side we headed back down to river level and on the way there was one of the most interesting stairs I have ever seen.

Spiral ladder of Dom Luis Bridge

Spiral ladder of Dom Luis Bridge

This far bank is the home of Port Wine and offered some great views of the city.

Main city across river

Main city across river

We ended the day and went to change for the concert at Casa da Musica.

Photos of Porto

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