I made a mistake in describing the photo I took for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge (see here). My memory tricked me. I thought this was the photo I took after exiting the funicular one day to spend the afternoon strolling up and down the Ribeira and cruising up and down the Rio Douro. But one of my readers (Disperser, see his comment following my posting) then asked a question which led me to examine all the pictures I took of the Dom Luis Bridge and I then discovered my error: the picture was taken the day before when we hopped off the sightseeing bus on the Gaia side of the bridge. So that photo was from the Gaia side, not Porto, and the hillside behind the bridge is Porto, not Gaia.
My examination came up with 31 photos that included at least a portion of the bridge and so I decided to do another posting and show you all the nine best of those 31.
The first photo above was taken on our second day in Porto while we were crossing the bridge on a sightseeing bus. The photo below was taken from the Gaia side and shows the funicular track down the steep escarpment. We rode on the funicular on day three, the day after we visited Gaia.
View of the Ribeira and the bridge. I am pretty sure that the boat in the foreground is just for show. The boats once were used for transporting the wine barrels from the vineyards up the river but these days are mostly used for the popular hour-long cruises and most of the port wine makes it way to the Gaia storage facilities via trucks and trains.
On our way back to Porto our sightseeing bus crossed the Douro via the next bridge east (upstream) of the Dom Luis I bridge.
View from the funicular. I had to crop this photo: the left side was filled with reflective glare from the funicular car’s glass.
View from the Ribeira.
Only three of the 31 photos showed a train crossing the river on the bridge’s upper deck. I guess they don’t run that often!
Here’s some evidence that we went under the bridge on our cruise up and down the river.
We will now leave Porto for awhile and go back to our Camino de Santiago journey. The next few postings will be about our stay in Leon.