Posts Tagged ‘Porto’

Porto School of Architecture

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

June 15, 2009

Architect: Alvaro Siza

Date: 1987-1994

Location: Porto, Portugal

This small school is situated on a hillside in Porto.  The school centers around a triangular plaza.

Porto School of Architecture

Porto School of Architecture

Porto School of Architecture Overview

Porto School of Architecture from above

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Casa da Musica

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

June 14, 2009

Architect: Rem Koolhaas/OMA

Date: 2004

Location: Porto, Portugal

The Casa da Musica was built as part of Porto’s European Culture Capital year in 2001.

Casa da Musica

Casa da Musica

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Porto the full day

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

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

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Fair food!

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

June 13 & 14, 2009

Usually we would try to do different meals every night but what we found in Porto was so great that we needed to go a second time for dinner.  Just down the street from our hostel was a small fair that had just a few booths.  The first night I had some sort of steak sandwich which was really good but what really looked awesome is what other people ordered.  They had a sandwich which starts with a fried piece of chicken covered with ham and melted cheese.  That was then topped with a bunch of stuff including these potato stick like things.  Finally they used these udder-like things to put the condiments on.  The next night when we went back I got one and it was one of the best meals of the trip.

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Leca Swimming Pools

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

June 13, 2009

Architect: Alvaro Siza

Date: 1966

Location: Porto, Portugal

The Leca Swimming Pools sit on the Atlantic Ocean and provide a safe place to swim in contrast to the wave-crashed beaches.

Leca Swimming Pools

Leca Swimming Pools

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Boa Nova Tea House

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

June 13, 2009

Architect: Alvaro Siza

Date: 1963

Location: Porto, Portugal

The Boa Nova Tea House is a small restaurant that sits on the Atlantic Ocean.

Boa Nova Tea House

Boa Nova Tea House

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Atlantic Ocean

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

June 13, 2009

After getting settled into our hostel we headed in to meet in front of the Casa da Musica.  From there we took a city bus way out to the outskirts of the city.  After what was easily an hour bus ride we got off and walked a short distance to the Atlantic Ocean.  This is the first time we saw the Atlantic and it was interesting because there were some people who had never seen an ocean before.

Atlantic Ocean

Atlantic Ocean

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Not RENFE

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

June 13, 2009

Today we took our only long-distance train that was not run by RENFE.  The reason is that they operate in Spain and this was the only long-distance train we took out of Spain.  On the way out of Lisbon we went through the Estacao de Oriente making it the last of the many times going through there.

Traveling through Estacao de Oriente

Traveling through Estacao de Oriente

The quality of the CP train was decent but it really reinforced the quality that the RENFE has.

Porto Lodging

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Location: HI – Porto

  • Check-In: June 13, 2009
  • Check-Out: June 15, 2009
  • Address: Rua Paulo da Gama 551 4169-006 Porto
  • Notes: