After our nine-day journey along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain we took a bus to Porto, Portugal and spent another three days there. One day we took the three-minute ride on the Funicular dos Guindais down to the river to visit the Ribeira District, probably the most popular tourist spot in town. Shortly after exiting the funicular I took this picture of people walking along the river near the Dom Luis I bridge, one of several that span the Douro in Porto. It will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.
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The Dom Luis I Bridge was opened in 1886. It was designed by Theophile Seyrig, a protege of Gustave Eiffel. Eiffel himself built another Douro River bridge, Ponte Maria Pia, nine years earlier that is about a kilometer upstream from this bridge. The city operates a light rail line on the bridge’s upper deck. Automobiles are restricted to the lower deck. Pedestrians can walk on either deck.
[Porto’s Ribeira District starts at this bridge’s lower deck on the right and continues westward along the river for about a mile.] It’s full of souvenir stands, shops and restaurants. You can also jump onto a sightseeing boat and cruise up and down the river for an hour or so.
[Most of the buildings on the hill between the two decks of the bridge are port wine aging facilities and several of them are open to the public for wine tasting.] Porto’s city limits end at the north side of the river. All of those wine cellars are in Vila Nova de Gaia.
We found Porto to be a very picturesque city and I will be posting many more photos in the next few months.
Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Visit Leanne’s website on Thursdays (Wednesdays in Europe and North America) to see what photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.
Correction: I erred in describing the photo as being taken from the Porto side of the river when it was actually taken on the other side. See Disperser’s comment below plus my reply as well as my next posting here.