Porto, or “Invicta”, as we like to call it. One thing stands out as soon as I land – the smell of the Atlantic is all around. The city of Port Wine, alleyways, old buildings and friendly people.
There are two things that make me laugh every time: asking for directions and asking for vegetarian options at a lot of restaurants. They will proudly say that of course they can adapt – they can use ham or tuna instead, if you wish. You can’t even be mad because they mean well, it’s the concept that is beyond them. But locals are so helpful that shop owners might just abandon their shop to take you to the place you want to go to (if nearby) and before you know it, everyone in your vicinity who has overheard you will join in with tips and suggestions.
But my favourite thing here is the riverside – Ribeira, with its untouched old buildings, people swimming in the Douro river, wine lovers doing their tastings and an overall picturesque landscape. Below are some snapshots from Porto and Gaia, two cities I call home.
*Map at the bottom of the page