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!
62. Cook me some lunch!
Portuguese people are very proud of their fresh fish, it’s one of our best assets thanks to the cold Atlantic ocean. I love to go to Porto markets and do some fresh shopping. These amazing cephalopods were pot ready at the Matosinhos Market, just next to the Leixões fish port. It’s a great market to visit, not only for the fish. Just a metro ride away.
Want to try some octopus rice? My daughter’s favourite meal!!!
Have a go: http://www.azeliaskitchen.net/octopus-rice-arroz-de-polvo-malandrinho/
Matosinhos market (metro Mercado de Matosinhos): https://goo.gl/maps/x5Pl3
61. Decode it!
Mala Voadora is a Lisbon based theater company with a Porto branch. Located in Rua do Almada this industrial mid 1930’s bulding now hosts this very lovely tribe. When they moved here they found the fantastic letters we see in the facade. They used to be the previous owner firm name, but the Mala voadora people decided to reuse them in alphabetical order. A nice enigma, inviting us in!
Have a look: https://goo.gl/maps/e12OI
60. Gone fishing
Just a few km away from downtown Porto you can find Afurada, a small fishing village right at Douro’s river mouth (Gaia’s side). You can go by bus from Gaia’s wharf (about 10m), walk, or take a boat just to cross the river at Cantareira (near Porto Foz area).
You can see fishermen mending their nets, fresh fish being sold, women washing clothes at the community tank, time and sun burned faces and a lot more. It’s real.
Sweet, smiling people with a hard life: https://goo.gl/maps/wWhmp
59. Dream big
Douro wine is one of the best kept secrets in this world. Fine wine indeed. Fortunately, Douros are not widely distributed which I think makes them more special. So if you are in Porto always go for the Douro (in my case, I prefer red). Ask for the best at your restaurant or at the supermarket, where you can find velvet wonders for about 5€ a bottle (write me if you want to know my favourites and best cost/quality Douros these days). Life is too short for cheap wine, right?
Pursue your dreams: https://goo.gl/maps/BNsiG