A corner of Porto
Torrential rain, plus hail, is a bit of a deterrent to going sight or site seeing - but defiant as ever I went on a delightful trip around the city this morning, running for cover from time to time. And the cover was the thing - first to the former Court of Appeal and Jail - now the Portuguese Centre for Photography, a really impressive exhibition space carved out of a fine old building. And then to the celebrated Lello Bookstore, a creature of exceptional beauty and managed by the most elegant old time Portuguese gentleman you could imagine. This was a trip in a time capsule, something that occurs to one so often in this beautiful country
The extremely impressive and moving exhibition Poesia da Senescência is still on although it is advertised as being over by the end of 2012. If you by chance happen to be in Porto and are interested in such things it is more than worthwhile to make the small effort to climb the steep streets of this lovely place to the Campo dos Mártires da Pátria.
And then it is a short walk to Lello on the Rua das Carmelitas. And wherever you wander there is a little miracle around the corner. And eventually you will find a pretty good cheap restaurant - the Taberna Galeria de Paris is a perfect example. You can not do better for a 6 Euro menu!
Another corner of Porto!