Life in the street, Porto
Fondest memory: And here's yet another one of those Port wine advertisements. There are way too many wine caves to visit, but if you're feeling especially energetic you can visit them all. I only saw 3. They all start to feel the same after a while.
Forget those stereotypes of BBQs with burgers and hotdogs!!
This is a favorite Portuguese specialty; sardinhas assadas or grilled sardines. In the summertime, the streets of Portugal are filled with the ever-so distinct smell of sardines being cooked on a charcoal grill. Love it or hate it, you can't avoid it. I couldn't stand the smell (let alone the taste) of sardines when I first arrived in Portugal. I think it's because my only experiences with sardines have been eating them in the wretched can form. That's the only way you can find them here in the US. After a few weeks, I was hooked to these fresh sardines. I'm never eating a canned one again!
Clotheslines; Porto's historic center is an amazing urban jungle of white sheets, socks and t-shirts, hanging in the street with a lack of embarrassment that, in the beginning, results a bit shocking to the visitor. But after a surprisingly small amount of time, you realize that this custom makes perfect sense in the context of the relaxed life of Porto.
Fondest memory: There, you don't hide from your neighbors, as they are a fundamental part of your life. There, a good part of the common life occurs in the street, as the streets are just an extension of your house, and not a scary place where you spend as less time as possible.
There, life seems to be much more exposed to the view of others, and in a way, that seems to make life a lot less complicated, and much more valuable...
Favorite thing: Walk along the riverfront in ribeira and notice the colorful facades of the old houses here. They'll brighten your day.
Fondest memory: There are humongous colorful advertisements for Port wine abounding the city. The port wine caves are all located on the south side of the River Douro, in Vila Nova de Gaia.
Such a strange sign defacing a rather beautiful (yet dilapidated) building...
"Vestir bem e barato, só aqui"
"Dress well and cheap, only here"
It's obviously advertising for a clothing shop.