Walking around Porto we saw various interesting places of buildings that I can't really group into a category, so here they are.
The Imperial McDonalds at Praca de Liberdade - I first only noticed the eagle, not the writing, and thought it kind of funny (and revealing) for McDonalds to look like that. As it turns out, the building is very old (I think I was told it used to be a café or something like that) and McDonalds was required to keep the architecture when it took over. We didn't go inside (I don't like McDonalds) but later learned that the inside is quite impressive too.
I love these walls of buildings with their oldfashioned decorations - and even more I love their contrast with modern posters.
A church gate from underneath - looks almost a bit scary:
And the facade of another church from underneath - the Igreja de Sao Francisco used to belong to a franciscan monastery. It was first built in the 14th to 15th century - and while it later on was changed a lot during a baroque reconstruction, the round window stems from the original design of the church.
A dark street with some laundry:
An old cinema, unfortunately not open anymore. I was told it used to be an important cinema. The writing says "Night on Earth. Next: Gone with the river" (Like "gone with the wind", but "Rio", the word for "river", is apparently also the name of a mayor of Porto that stood out for his lack of cultural politics)
From the bridge, there is a nice view over Porto, especially at sunset. Vila Nova da Gaia, on the left, is known for its Port Wine cellars. The traditional Rabelo boats along the river were used to transport the Port.
The view a bit further away:
Here a close up of Porto's riverside. From what I read, the historic old town is actually called "Ribeira" - riverside. It is part of the Unesco's cultural world heritage:
Also the parts of the Old Town that aren't right by the river are visible from the bridge, along with the outline of old houses and churches:
A flower, and in the background the sunset over Porto:
And a statue of Vimara Peres in the sunset - he was a galician duke, fighting in the reconquista. He died in 873 in what was to become Porto.