19.8.14

| Photo Diary | Under The Bridge


Our wayfaring ways (not to mention a rather stringent hold on the purse strings) transported us to Porto where we were met with some confounding sights and adventures. One involved the Dom Luis Bridge. Completed in 1886, the curiously double-decked bridge stretches its skeletal arch across the Douro River 

While the very sight of it seems to dominate the panorama of the city, 
it is the view from beneath that captivated us.













Old houses rub knuckles with the epic steel structure. The neglected and the meticulously maintained stand cheek to jowl in a constant battle to stand their ground.  Tiles shudder as trains rattle past.  Footballs ricochet off stone walls. Tourists under the watchful eye of wizened locals, haul themselves up the uneven stairs with their eyes drawn upwards. All the while, forgotten dwellings quietly fade under a blanket of creeping vines. And from our perch with our eyes a flickery of curiosity, we watched and learned a plenty.

H+Y

10 comments:

  1. Wow, I've never seen that bridge before but it looks amazing! You're right, it is in really sharp contrast to the surroundings.

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  2. Beautiful sights, I really like the pictures of washing lines and buildings covered with purple flowers/ plants!

    Katrina Sophia

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  3. So great to get photos beneath the bridge. How extraordinary that the buildings are right up against the bridge. Imagine what it's like inside those buildings when the vehicles pass overhead!!!

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  4. such striking imagery! The blue tiles on the building caught my attention. Even though they're falling apart, they're still very attractive, such a pretty hue.

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  5. I willingly admit that I didn't love Portugal as readily as most people do, but these pictures evoke exactly what I remember of it - the beautiful tile work, combined with urban decay and always, always, laundry hanging to dry. Beautiful snapshots, as always :)
    xox,
    Cee

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  6. What a marvellous place, have wanted to go here for a long time, amazing!! xx

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  7. These images and words are amazing, Yasumi.

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  8. A beautiful adventure for you guys!

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  9. These images are quite stunning. I love how the juxtaposition between the old and new in these photos.

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  10. It looks like an incredible place! WOW! Also, I just wanted to say that I really like your blog! I'm glad that I found it! It would be nice if you could stop by my blog sometime too (I'm from England) as I post my outfits, personal style, likes, new purchases and much more :) :)

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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