Porto in Review

I’m still here (and may be for sometime if all the airports remain shut, but thats another rant) and I’ve been on a mission to explore nothern Portugal. The past two weeks have been great fun, but now it’s really time to be moving on (preferably home!)

But here are some photos of typical Porto and the main things that have struck me. I’ve really enjoyed spending time here and its nothing like Spain or southern Portugal. Firstly the area is suffering financially. It was a large industrial hub but as time has moved on so have the industries. Therefore alot of areas have a feeling of abandonment. But even with that, the people are lovely and only too eager to help.

Ceramics play a huge part in their built environment. As the country bounds the Atlantic, they get battered with huge amounts of rain and waterproofing their built environment is of great importance. They clad their building envelopes with beautiful, decorative ceramic tiles. Therefore there is a big craft based industry and it is fascinating to compare all the different facades.

I have a real soft spot for manifestations of the 20th Century. In the UK we have a severe lack of anything reminders of the era. But due to Portugal’s lack of involvement in Wars, and bombings, and their poor economy these buildings and signs are everywhere and I love it! Enjoy these examples of signage and shopfronts.

Ironmongery is another notable thing. The most beautiful of all are the ‘hand’ knockers. I’m sure there must be symbology involved. They are stunning and I would love to buy one to take home.


2 Responses to “Porto in Review”

  1. 1 Golden Brown April 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I enjoyed reading your post and hope you enjoyed Porto. It´s always interesting to read a foreigner´s point a view about my city. Are you home yet? Come back soon! Cheers.

  1. 1 Go Canada! « Trackback on July 4, 2010 at 5:28 am

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