Written by Marilee Rose
Photographs by David S. Rose
continued from "Lap of Luxury"
beautiful. We were within walking distance to all the Port caves and most of the museums. The bridges in Porto are so beautiful and Eiffel has been credited with them. Just looking at them and walking over them to the Port caves made me remember our wonderful dinner we had back in 2009 in Paris in the Eiffel tower. We ate most of our meals sitting on the waterfront looking at the sunsets and talking about our next tip back to Porto.
If you’re interested in history, music or art, Porto is a colorful and exciting city. On our two trips to Porto we have seen the Casa do Infante, said to be the birthplace of Henry the Navigator, the Palacio da Bolas, which has this fascinating Arabian room, but you can’t take picture, it’s still mind blowing. Then we went to the Se’, up on the hill and the Sao Francisco. And of course the Port caves. But my two favorite places that we saw in Porto were the Sao Bento Station and the Serralves Museum and grounds. The Sao Bento Station is a train station, and is within walking distance to the Pestana. It is filled with some of the most beautiful azulejos tiles I have ever seen and you can take pictures of them. The Serralves is a contemporary art museum. The art deco house on the grounds is also a must see and so are the grounds. If you’re lucky enough to be there on a Sunday, it’s free, and if it’s sunny, this makes a great place to spend most of the day. This is not within walking distance, so a taxi is recommended.