Shelagh's Lens


Ode to Porto

We travelled to Porto, Portugal this past summer, and some images have already appeared on this site. The challenge with visiting some locales is subsequently choosing from an embarrasment of riches in terms of images and memories one could share,…

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Cafes of the Duoro

Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, grew up around the River Duoro. In working on a Porto travel story I’m prepping for Exceptional EA, my other site, this colourful image brought back good memories of our walk down to…

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Dichotomy on the Plaza

Porto’s Avenue dos Aliados is a splendid site, and is literally on the doorstep of the InterContinental’s Palacio Das Cardosas, where we recently enjoyed stellar hospitality. Stepping outside the hotel one morning, my eyes were drawn to this gorgeous Jaguar….

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In Aid of Romance

I’ve mentioned in an earlier post that the people of Porto celebrate Festa de São João in late June each year. There are a number of traditions associated with this celebration, including meals centred around grilled sardines, midnight fireworks, fun…

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Porto’s Festa de São João

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Portugal, you may want to plan your travels for June, since villages and cities there have patron saints whom they take great pleasure in honouring. The kind Portuguese are very welcoming of…

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