|7/17/18 Porto and the Douro River|
|7/17/18 Jardim de Carrillho Videira, Porto|
Porto is a beautiful, working-class, riverside city. Even if the main purpose for my trip to Portugal had not been to attend the 9th annual International Urban Sketchers Symposium, I would have chosen to visit Porto for many reasons. Although much of the architecture and landscape (and hilly, even steeper terrain!) are similar to Lisbon, Porto has a less intense ambiance that was more comfortable to me. Per capita, Porto apparently has more tourists than Lisbon, but I noticed that prices of restaurant food, for example, were not inflated as they were in Lisbon’s heavily touristed areas. Greg and I wandered into a café for lunch one day and saw prices of 3 to 4 Euro per entrée. Thinking that they would be small tapas-size servings (as we’d seen in Lisbon), he ordered two entrées – only to find that they were full size! Our entire three-entrée meal plus beverages came to about 12 Euro. (We found similarly low prices later in Coimbra, a college town. We paid double that in some Lisbon cafés.)
I have so many sketches and photos from my symposium experience that I’m going to cover all of that in a separate post. Shown here are the few sketches I made before the symposium began as well as a several photos to give you a general flavor for Porto.
|7/1/7/18 Igreja do Carmo, Porto. As I was sketching this, blog reader @drawingvagabond recognized me! The best thing|
about the USk symposium is meeting people in person whom I know otherwise only online.
|7/17/18 Jardins do Palacio de Cristal|
|Torre dos Clerigos at night|
|Symposium logo designed by Isa Silva. She said the Torre dos|
Clerigos is curious to see what all the sketchers
|Clerigos is Porto's icon. You'll see my|
sketches of this lovely tower in a later post.
It was the inspiration for the symposium logo
shown at right.
|Douro River at night|
|Whenever I travel near water, I like to fill a waterbrush or my spritzer bottle with a local natural water|
source. Here's my hero filling my spritzer from the Douro River.
|Smoked salmon, tuna, mackerel and sea bass (the latter was our favorite). The wine we found in our Airbnb apartment was a nice complement.|