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Views of Porto from Ponte de Dom Luis I

In my opinion, some of the best views of the Portugese city of Porto are from the top deck of the Ponte de Dom Luis I. This double decker metal arch bridge opened in 1886.

I’m not sure that the current set-up of a pedestrian walkway alongside the Metro tracks, with no barriers would be permitted in the UK.

However it does mean that you can walk over the tracks to see the view from both sides of the Ponte de Dom Luis I.

When the weather is hot, there usually seems to be a cooling breeze along the River Douro, making this a pleasant walk.

The easiest way to access the top deck of Ponte de Dom Luis I is to take the metro to Jardim  do Morro, on the southern side of the bridge.

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art Porto

The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art was high on my must-visit list in Porto. The museum is located to the west of the city centre. Fortunately, there was a direct bus from close to our apartment.

There’s a 10 Euro admission fee to the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, which includes admission to Serralves Park. As I had a Porto Card, I received a 25% discount on the entrance charge.

I started my visit in the PHOTOstructurism exhibition.

I loved the lights suspended from the ceiling above the library.

My favourite exhibition was the Serralves Collection 1960-1980.

I liked a couple of the painting by Ethiopian artist Julie Mehretu.

I really appreciated that the building, by architect Alvora Siza, made the most of the location withe some large picture windows.

As I didn’t spot any restaurants in the vicinity of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, I decided to have lunch in the museum restaurant. I sat inside, as I didn’t want any exposure to the sun. I had a table by the window which overlooked the park.

It cost 17 Euro for a very tasty buffet including a small bottle of sparking water.

I have to admit that I wouldn’t rate Serralves that highly among the European museums of contemporary art which I’ve visited. The building is beautiful, I just wasn’t impressed by many of the pieces being exhibited.

Visiting the Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis in Porto

I visited the Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis in Porto on a Sunday when I thought that it was free to enter. It was rather embarassing as when I sauntered in, a member of staff came after me saying that I had to pay an admission fee. I turned out that free admission is only on the first Sunday of the month.

As I had a Porto Card, I received a 50% discount on the standard adult charge of 5 Euro.

I went out to the museum’s garden upon arrival. There was beautiful blue tiling on the walls and some outdoor seating for cafe customers.

I would’ve liked to sit in the garden for a few minutes, but In the upper part of the garden there was only one bench which was in the sun.

Below is a selection of my favourites at the Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis.

The Yellow Skirt by Joaquin Lopes

Boats to Dischare into the River Douro by Joaquin Lopes

D Maria Bridge View of the City of Porto by Eduardo Viana

Old Porto by Dordio Gomes

Mother and Daughter by Sarah Alfonso

Lisbon by Joao Hogan

View of Portalegre by Miguel de Cantaloupe Barrias

Meditation by Manuel D’Assmupcao

Girls by Antonio Quadros

Self Portrait by Jose Tagarro

Baiser by Ernesto Canto Da Maya

Decorative Arts section

View to garden from landing

There were a lot of paintings that were too traditional and dark for my personal taste at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis. I most enjoyed some of the more contemporary pieces.

Casa Oficina Antonio Carneiro in Porto

On my recent trip to Porto, I focused on visiting museums related to art and which offered free or reduced entry with my Porto Card.

Casa Oficina Antonio Carneiro fitted the bill. It’s located in the house/workshop built in 1920 for the painter Antonio Carneiro. The building was also used by Antonio’s sons, the painter Carlos Cameiro, and the composer Claudio Cameiro.

The house/workshop was purchased by the City of Porto, opening to the public in 1973.

I was a bit annoyed upon arrival as the museum is free to enter. I thought that it was a bit naughty of Porto Tourism to imply that it was only holders of a Porto Card that got in free of charge.

The museum attendant was a really friendly lady who kept apologising about her poor English. As I can’t speak any Portugese, I was grateful that she could speak a little English. There were information cards in English.

Below is a selection of my favourite pieces in Casa Oficina Antonio Carneiro.

The closest Metro station to Casa Oficina Antonio Carniero is Heroismo. It took me around ten minutes to walk to the museum from the Metro station.

You’ll need to plan your visit carefully, as the museum is shut on Saturday and Sunday. On weekdays it is open 10.00 to 12.30 and 14.00 to 17.30.

Serralves Park Porto

Serravles Park is located to the west of the city centre. The Serravles Museum of Contemporary Art is located on the site. Adult admission to the museum and park is 10 Euro. If you only want to visit the park, it costs 5 Euro for an adult entry.

The first sculpture which I encountered in Serralves Park was the giant Plantoir by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen.

I loved Dan Graham’s Double Exposure which reflected the surrounding trees.

I was disappointed that Serralves Villa was closed on the day of my visit. It would’ve been great to see the interior of the 1930s Art Deco building.

The villa’s front door was impressive.

The garden is beautiful, with a series of water pools bordered by circular hedges, which lead to a larger pool and fountain at the bottom of the garden

Further down the park is the lake.

For a New City by Maria Nordman is a utilitarian table with four individual seats, with shade offered by the surrounding trees.

I liked Fernado Gomes’ untitled rope installation, reminiscent of a huge spider’s web.

The Draped Bather (The Seine) by Aristide Maillol sits in the Rose Garden.

Close the museum is An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds by Haegue Yang. It’s like a cross between a sculpture and a garden.

I really enjoyed walking around Serralves Park,

A Trip to the Seaside at Espinho near Porto

When I was in Porto in mid June it was far hotter than I’d anticipated, well over 30 degrees Celsius almost every day. I thought that it’d be a good idea to head for the Atlantic coast and hopefully a  cooling breeze. As my Porto Card included rail travel as far south as Espinho, I chose it as my destination.

It looked like a good destination for surfers, due to the large waves.

I certainly wasn’t tempted to swim in the sea. However there is a beautiful 1940s outdoor swimming pool on the prom.

There were lots of colourful small tents on the beach. I wasn’t sure of their use. Maybe as wind and sun shelter?

I had a walk along the prom to admire the long golden beach. But even with the breeze, it was soon too hot for me to be in the sun.

I recommend Esphino for a day trip from Porto. The train journey from the city centre took around 30 minutes. I believe it costs around 2 Euro each way if you don’t have a Porto Card. There’s a good selection of cafes and fish restaurants.

Photography Exhibition About the Huni Kuin People at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis Porto

When I visited the Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis in Porto this morning, I enjoyed the Photography Exhibition About Huni Kuni People. The poster at the musuem foyer said that the exhibition ran from 13 – 16 June 2017, but it was still there on 18 June 2017.

Below is a selection of my favourite photos.

I looked online and The huni Kuni are an indigenous people of Peru and Brazil.