76. Fall, in love with Porto
This was taken at the Allen House, next to Casa das Artes. The house dates from the late 1920’s and is from the famous Porto architect Marques da Silva. He was supposably inspired by the Petit Trianon, in Versailles. This neoclassic setting is ideal for wondering about life, maybe take a few pictures or watch a classical music concert. You can also visit it’s neighbour Casa das Artes, a Souto de Moura project (hosting great painting exhibitions).
Leaves are falling as we speak, so rush there: https://goo.gl/maps/RBNZv
75. Álvaro Siza vs Siza Vieira
Portuguese architect Siza has a double personality. For the majority of portuguese people he is Siza Vieira, and old living Portuguese icon everyone has heard about. His work is a sort of legend and they have maybe seen the Portuguese pavillion in Lisbon.
Then there is Álvaro Siza, the working architect/living genious. Only those who had some true contact with his work call him that. You will know immediatly how a conversation will end because if someone calls him “Viera”, the conversation is over. It’s just one of those Portuguese mysteries…
Wanna get in the Álvaro Siza club? https://goo.gl/maps/K6WuD
74. Take a seat and enjoy the passing of time
There is a lot to be said about the Cooperativa dos Pedreiros building up Rua da Alegria, just ask google. If you have the cash for it, try the ‘frozen in time’ Portucale restaurant at the top floor. The food is good, people are nice and the menu, like the walls and furniture, will take you straight back to the 70’s… and to ‘Rubber Ring’, in my case…
The passing of time
And all of its sickening crimes
Is making me sad again
But don’t forget the songs that made you cry
And the songs that saved your life
Yes, you’re older now and you’re a clever swine
But they were the only ones
Who ever stood by you
Easy to reach: https://goo.gl/maps/RDYpi
73. Go on a ghost hunt
Warm days and cold atlantic waters can produce the most wonderfull weather events! Last week we had a normal but curious case of fog at Porto beaches: fog near the water and sunny blue sky just a few meters back. Pure magic. Poetically imagining lifes of others. Nightmare for lifeguards…
Your choice of point of view. Lots of fun, If you ask me.
Follow the sirens: http://goo.gl/maps/DtSC8
72. Head for the moon
Back to Porto, back from vacations from a not so warm Summer. It’s good to be home. Porto is full of tourists (yet not crowded) and I took time to finally take some pics of our own Rem lunar masterpiece: Casa da Música. We had the luck of having Lou Reed for the opening which almost made us forget the 70 million Euros extra that it costed. Music aside, architecture aside, it is THE place for the perfect pic.
A small step for men, a giant leap for my kid: https://goo.gl/maps/7jxQg
71. Spend some time at the Axa building
The Axa is a huge 7 story building dedicated to Porto’s art and artists, in Avenida dos Aliados. This former office building is one of the most relevant cultural centres in town - at least until december 2014 - with 50 rooms dedicated to art exibitions, performances, ateliers, music, photography, you name it… (and most of them for free).
We went there last saturday for an Iphonography workshop and to check out the amazing Cartier Bresson photo exibition. Here are my blue girls having blue fun!
A must see: https://goo.gl/maps/bjpyH
Check out all the Axa activities: https://www.facebook.com/1aAvenida
70. Meet a character from a song
wandering along Avenida dos Aliados we came across the real Fluorescent Adolescent from the Artic Monkeys song.
- Can I take your picture? your shirt reminds me of a song…
- A song… hum… OK.
He was totally blasé about the situation, couldn’t have been more PERFECT! Remember when the boys were all electric?
Here he is: http://goo.gl/maps/jgIod
Here he is again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma9I9VBKPiw&feature=kp
69. Enjoy our longest night of the year: S. João
Porto’s S. João night is one of Portugal greatest parties. S. João welcomes the summer solestice and literally everyone with a smile, a sardine and a toy hammer, so enjoy this party of centuries and spend your night walking around Porto.
You can dance, eat, drink; light up a paper lantern and ask for a wish; watch the fireworks and end the night with a glorious sunrise behind the D. Luis bridge. I promise you will be in love with Porto forever!
More on S. João: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2004/jun/12/portugal.guardiansaturdaytravelsection
68. Get your hammers ready!
Tomorrow is the longest night of the year in Porto. It’s São João night! A fantastic and huge street party where people dance and hit each other in the head with harmless plastic hammers. It’s one of our best kept secrets, a night you will never forget!
Have a glass (or several) of red douro wine (vinho tinto), eat some sardines, buy a plastic hammer and just have fun.
Sneak peak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXND-YSu5WI
67. Learn something about life
When I see a Portuguese fishing boat (big or small) I always think of the importance of family. In decisive moments our families are the only thing that counts and these boats reflect that: they are named after a son, a daughter, a wife, a mother…, or have saints names (our Lady of this and that…) or even hopefull sentences (‘May the lord guide us’ and variations). This says a lot about what really matters in life. This boat is called ‘father and son’. Yes, what could go wrong in a boat called after love? Respect to all fishermen, it’s the hardest life.
Admire reality: https://goo.gl/maps/7w8RO
Descobrimos o blogue Porto Advice da Maria João Carvalho e não queremos outra coisa. Como o próprio nome o indica, trata-se de um Tumblr dedicado a dicas sobre a cidade do Porto, bem sarapintado com fotografias tiradas pela própria e textos informativos. Ide, ide.
Outro dos blogues destacados esta semana é o My Lx, um blogue de fotografia, com conteúdos de várias fontes, tendo um fio condutor: Lisboa, toda ela bela e formosa.
Por fim, deixamo-vos com o blogue da Margarida Maltinha, inteiramente dedicado às artes (design, ilustração, moda, tipografia, fotografia). Uma espécie de scrapbook digital obrigatório. Divirtam-se!
Até logo, amigos!
(Fotografia: Maria João Carvalho)
66. Lay lady lay
Welcome to the best city on the world: Porto! That’s what we said last week to all the tourists that came to Nos Primavera Sound Festival. This great indie festival with an idylic set takes place every year in june, at Parque da Cidade. Just good music, lying in the sun, sipping douro red wine and enjoying life… Unforgettable days!It’s love forever!
Let’s have a pic nic? https://goo.gl/maps/NTnfb
65. Do some sightseeing
After an intense month of work we are back and so is the sun. Just the perfect time to stretch and refresh our views on this wonderfull city. My daughter is always my best model and we took this pic at Miradouro da Vitória. This is my favourite view of Porto, a private - yet open - property that soon will be another hotel or something. History says the cannons of the liberal troops of D. Pedro were placed here in 1833. It’s a raw place, even smelly, but worth a visit before it disappears for good. The view… well… you describe it!
64. Buy some fine architecture
This is a detail from the Cinema House that Souto de Moura designed for director Manoel de Oliveira. The building resembles the lens of a camera, two different views, two different lenses. It’s great work and in a great location too, but something went terribly wrong. I don’t know the real reason but Manoel de Oliveira, the City Hall and the architect were never on the same page and the house (two houses to be precise) is now for sale for 1.58 million €. That’s Portugal for you…
Take a peek and make an offer: https://goo.gl/maps/M1gRb
63. Take a shot at happiness
I have said it before, kids playing outside still is one of the best things of Porto. In front of Centro Português de Fotografia there is an ideal space for improvised football matches. Just the place to stop, sit, have an expresso, take some pictures, enjoy the spring sun… maybe even join the match. This is first hand, clean happiness!