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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Porto: some lovely parts but serious investment required

 Porto: Majestic in parts – inside the famous eponymous café

 View of the Douro, Porto on right and 
Vila Nova de Gaia on left


 Dom Luís Bridge: trams above – road below, and walkways at both levels


 From Porto through to Vila Nova de Gaia

 Remarkable cactus garden close to the Douro

Parts of Porto are magnificent but walking around the centre you cannot fail to notice that there are a lot of abandoned or rundown buildings — to a far greater extent than is the case in Lisbon where a lot of buildings have been renovated over the past ten years or so.  

Porto: a city in need of care?

An abandoned block in the centre

Overgrown and abandoned buildings close to the Douro


Vila Nova de Gaia

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