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Porto Graham’s

Porto Graham’s Lodge The Graham’s Lodge was build in 1890, in Vila Nova de Gaia on the Douro Estuary near the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the maritime climate is ideally suited to the balanced ageing of Graham’s Ports. The sturdy granite walls of the lodge currently house over 3,500 casks of Port as well as a unique Vintage Port cellar. Opened in 1993 to the public, the Graham’s Lodge is a functional, working building which today welcomes over 50 000 visitors every year. Nearly 20 years after its opening, the Lodge is one of Premium Port lovers favourite destinations where visitors can witness the everyday workings, discover and taste Graham’s Ports and enjoy authentic and unique food pairing combinations.

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Eyes from Sé towards Sé

Eyes from Sé towards Sé | José Henrique da Fonseca Eyes from Sé towards Sé; Click! The sound was almost inaudible but we already knew it, our phone was being tapped. Those were the days of basic technology, and the ability to survey millions was not possible, still our conversation had to be restricted to banalities. However, our wish to discuss governmental censured issues without being overheard, set us in motion in the search of a hidden place. We had to make reunions with 10 or 12 people to prepare a journal that would try to overcome to breach the difficulties of the censure. Someone suggested, and I don’t recall who, meeting in the hall of Se, since the staircases leading to the Cathedral on a hill of the city were quite narrow impeding easy access without being noticed by us. So, we managed to get a good wide space, where the table for the meetings was the floor and in there we would gather and discuss matters for preparing the articles. After experiencing this meeting office, I don’t envy any meeting room of any great periodical journal. Ours had a magnificent view over the houses of Porto. It is the Sé […]

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Caldeireiros Street

Nowadays the small traditional business is overall in crisis, but there are still activities that persist in Caldeireiros Street, where one can find items not considered profitable by bigger companies. The old shops survive, surrounded by small restaurants, traditional “tascas” and famous “adegas”. (Tascas are equivalent to pub serving simple homemade food and adegas are small, cosy restaurants) as well as small Guesthouses. Guesthouses open in Caldeireiros Street in Porto city center, offering accommodation with very particular characteristics of intimacy and charm, in privileged localization close to charismatic monuments. Examples include the Clerigos Tower, the cadeia da Relação, the bookshop Lello, the Rectory from the University, the churches of Carmelitas and Carmo, the Aliados  Avenuee and many others located within 500 m distance. There is an invitation in the air to wander around their souvenir shops and continue to stroll Caldeireiros getting to Flores street that leads us to Palacio da Bolsa and Ribeira. The nightlife which is particularly crowded at Fridays and Saturdays is already a city touristic reference for young cosmopolitans and is two steps away from Caldeireiros, although quite protected from the noise. If you enter Caldeireiros street by Nicolau Nasoni and start going down, your eyes […]

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The Tram ride

This story – The tram ride  – happens at the end of the 50s, in a torridly hot day making desirable a dive in the cold waters of the beaches of Porto. The queue was huge and the tram is already full. Ticket inspector was shouting “can always fit one more, move forward please, ladies and gents”. By then, trams were the most frequently used form of transport in Porto, with scarce number of buses that preceded the trolley buses in operation later on. The tram tracks crossed the city in every direction expanding to the suburbs, being Foz and Matosinhos one of the favourite destinations. Notwithstanding the hollow seats and windows, the trip of about one hour was solely too quick in the circumstances (for the young person I was) of being stuck between cute girls. Foto: Paulo Miguel I remember of finally getting to the beach and browse in search of my friends looking for their cotton beach tents or sun umbrellas since there were no mobile phones. From then onwards the day was filled with good conversation and football until being stopped by disturbed neighbours. Nowadays the trams that connect the historic centre to the beaches are scarce and only […]

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10 indispensable places you must visit in Porto

10 indispensable places you must visit in Porto, boating along the Douro Bridges, drink the best coffee in the world, strolling in a park in the city center, buy a book at the bookstore of Harry Porter , knowing how to make Port wine, strolling in the old tram from the center to the beach, eating Francesinha and drink a Superbock, hear a concert of live music and surprise you with contemporary works of art. YOURSPORTO is a guesthouse located in the center of Porto with bedrooms and a cosy restaurante which values are Culture, proximity and handmade. If you want to know more about the Port do not hesitate to contact us. If you want to know what to do in the city of Porto, do not miss these suggestions . Any way you should leave town without experience. Contacts: Email: info@yoursporto.com Tel: +(351) 222033082 www.yoursguesthouse.com

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Mercado do Bolhão is decadent or in reconstruction?

YOURS restaurant shops in Mercado do Bolhão. Even before YOURS and as a family, we did our fruit and vegetable shopping in Mercado do Bolhão. Why? If you want to buy the freshest products, with higher diversity and a highly personalized service, Mercado do Bolhão is the best place in town. In terms of price, Mercado do Bolhão, is slighty more expensive than the average supermarket, disadvantage largely compensated in terms of quality and variety of the products, facts that in my opinion, make of Bolhão’s vegetables and fruit the best in town. The Mercado has been selling potatoes, onions and vegetables from local producers, mainly from Esposende (a city near Porto) for many years. The best thing is to do is to compare. Imagine you want chives. Why don’t you try what you get in modern supermarkets. There will be able to find one or two options. In Mercado do Bolhao you have many sellers offering a vast range of the same (seasonal) products. However, if you happen to be a regular customer, then on top of what your eyes can see, we can count on the friendly warning of the shopper “this is not for you, today sir!”. And […]

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Free Stitching – Handmade by Yours

I like drawing, sewing and embroidering with free stitching. Telling a story by using pieces of colored fabrics and using the black free stitching to mark these characters. There are already a few stories that I have told and others i am about to tell through free stitching! Nothing too perfect because the drawing I want is free, spontaneous, almost like a sketch. And then I sew these pieces together. There are so many possibilities! Here are some of them. Hope you like it! photos: © luísa amorim For more information and to order please feel free to send an email to: luisa.amorim@yoursporto.com

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The boat Menino do Rio and the restaurant Casa do Pescador

From YOURS to Douro From YOURS to the restaurant “Casa do Pescador” is about 3.5 Km and is well worth going there either for the beautiful tour or for the meal. The opportunity is unique and all those who have come to Porto and neglected this trip, may as well pack up a small luggage and return. This time you might also sleep in YOURS GuestHouse. Porto Tram Map The tour starts in Ribeira. Pick your favourite means of transportation (foot, bicycle or tram) and head towards Foz. The ride is diverse, you will pass by the old Customs, where you can find on your right the Miragaia borough (which is the only viewpoint for Douro bearing a different name than Miradouro). A bit further ahead you will find Massarelos, that has been renewed, followed by Arrábida Bridge (after 500m), which is the famous bridge everybody come to see in 1963. Finally you will get to your destination, the Douro District (the last before getting into Foz). The boat “Menino do Rio” and the restaurant “Casa do Pescador” In Douro you will need to get the boat “Menino do Rio” that will take you across the Douro River to Afurada […]

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Portuguese Fabrics #2 – HandMade By Yours

Tradition in Portugal Now with diferent fabrics and keeping Yours Spirit! This product is available. refº RP0704 refº RP0704 photos: © luísa amorim The fabrics used are heavy cotton and filmy laminate – HandMade By Yours Dimensions are 18cmX12cm and the price is 11€ + shipping fees. Hope you like it! For more information and to order please feel free to send an email to: luisa.amorim@yoursporto.com

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Portuguese Fabrics #1 – HandMade By Yours

Tradition in Portugal   Still featuring the tradition in Portugal I’ve continue to explore national fabrics in diferent designs. The sripes here used take us to the design of the beach tent of the windy beaches in North of Portugal. These cotton fabrics are overlaid with filmy laminate lace. refº RP0703 refº RP0703 photos: © luísa amorim The fabrics used are heavy cotton and filmy laminate – HandMade By Yours Dimensions are 18cmX12cm and the price is 11€ + shipping fees. Hope you like it! For more information and to order please feel free to send an email to: luisa.amorim@yoursporto.com

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Oporto Inspiration – HandMade By YOURS

Tiles from Oporto Using fabrics that reflects the Oporto tiles often seen in the old city center houses – a Oporto Inspiration –  I have created this line of small purses among with others pieces featuring the traditional spirit of Portugal. This small bags are made in Portuguese fabrics with 18cmX12cm and the price is 11€ + shipping fees. Made with coarse linen, heavy cotton and laminate – Handmade by Yours I’ve attached some pictures:                     For more information and to order please feel free to send an email to: luisa.amorim@yoursporto.com

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Pilgrimage in Caldeireiros

One of the most prominent icons of devotion of the Vitória’s inhabitants (but not only!) is located on the upper end of Caldeireiros Street. People still venerate the image of  “Senhor da Boa Fortuna” (Lord of Good Fortune), and make an annual festival to the location – Pilgrimage in Caldeireiros (The Lord of Good Fortune) The party is set up at the site of the ancient “Olive grove” which nowadays became the streets of Martires da Liberdade, Trás, Caldeireiros and S. Bento da Vitória. It is at the upper end of  Street of Caldeireiros (Boilermakers), once called Ferraria de Cima, that the big Cross of “Senhor da Boa Fortuna” laid. The Cross probably resided in this location since old and immemorial times, and was located in the middle of the street by the end of the 19th Century, but nowadays is part of the main front of a building. The reader is probably asking: how was a huge cross, made of heavy stone, transferred from the middle of the street to the front façade of a building? Lets try to explain. Since ancient times, devoted people placed granite Crosses in certain streets of Porto. Only in Bonjardim Street there were 14. These were all […]

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A night in Café Reimão

YOURS don’t understand the horoscope, Café Reimão is a true supermarket of flavours! Apart from now, every weekend (or whenever you want), we can forecast barbecue in a short future… uncommitted… After a good talk about nothing (somewhere 200 hundred years ago we were used a neck massage with a rope to hang ourselves), we’ve decided to peek to Café Reimão. Of course we are interested in gastronomic choices, someone said “we are what we eat” and everybody shows what he/she really is after a good meal! We went at eleven o’clock at night at Café Reimão.   The picturesque Café Reimão Apart from now, every weekend (or whenever you want), we can forecast barbecue in a short future… uncommitted… After a good talk about nothing (somewhere 200 hundred years ago we were used a neck massage with a rope to hang ourselves), we’ve decided to peek to Café Reimão. Of course we are interested in gastronomic choices, someone said “we are what we eat” and everybody shows what he/she really is after a good meal! We went at eleven o’clock at night at Café Reimão. One interesting aspect of this picturesque place in Porto is to feel, when we firstly entered, age […]

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Inspiration #1 Handmade for Yours

There is nothing better than doing something inspired in little things! By the colors, textures and the idea of what may be created with inspiration…       photos: © luísa amorim   These are my newest ideas. Soon they will be available at Yours Store! Take a look!   What about you? What inspires You?

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Dives in Douro river and the “kids of the river”

Do you know that on D. Luis Bridge lies one of the oldest traditions of Porto? As in the movie Aniki Bobó from our distinguished  director Manoel de Oliveira the dives on Douro River reflects the adventurous spirit of Porto inhabitants. The dives on Douro´s River are the reason of many stories. The dives lead us to discover an ancestral relationship between the inhabitants of the “Ribeira” and iconic elements that stand out in the urban landscape. The adventure, the risk, the want are transformed into local values, the gastronomy and handicrafts are transformed into heritage. Porto spreads out into his multiple diversity of landscapes, history, customs and traditions that lived through time and gave people its contemporaneity. This outdoor museum relies on his core concept, on the creation of images that are interconnect and complement themselves to the present day.   Maybe because of the film by “Manoel de Oliveira”, dated on 1942, many others authors were sensitized by this heritage custom and there are many histories about it. It makes remember the iconic cover of a musical group much appreciated in Porto streets. Considered one of the most important albums of the career of “GNR”, the cover photograph, […]

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Threads and Fabrics

There is nothing better than walking tucked between threads and fabrics on a haberdashery in Porto’ city center, or spend hours on the Internet discover the latest trends from Amy Butler, the Free Spirits or Kokka. I’ve always liked buttons and “fitilhos”, English embroidery, sewing machines and “chitas” from Alcobaça. It  makes remember me to my Grandmother’s house in Redondo – Alentejo. The cool breeze felt indoors on sunny and scorching summer afternoons, the smell so characteristic of the chests opened where linen sheets and the blankets were placed, and a nice lunch in the late afternoon with homemade bread with butter and lemonade! I think the love to “create” come from my maternal grandmother who had some ideas “out of the box” for those times.  After some research, a sewing machine (a gift from my husband) and some “sewing ” experiences  offered with great affection to my friends, the challenge has been launched! What if you have more free time why not do something that makes you truly happy? This was the beginning of Yours Store – Handmade! Contacts: Email: info@yoursporto.com Tel: +(351) 222033082 www.yoursguesthouse.com

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Piece of a vision of Porto in images!

Do you think this image can reflect a certain perspective of Porto? Probably it does. Take a look at this filmed colorful portraits and discover what is best in Porto. Piece of a vision of Porto in images! Porto is a paradise for those who love life. The life in Ribeira’s colorful houses framed between bridges linking the two banks of the River Douro.  Pay attention to the balconies and windows or to the curves of the House of Music, facing the green gardens, and making the perfect circuit! This are holidays for a delicious memory. Palaces, churches, streets, colourful traditional festivals are images that remain from Porto. The contrast between the white and the gray from the granite is captured in the flavors typical of the streets, the open windows of the buildings, the song of the churches and chapels. Porto has a unique human, cultural and artistic heritage. This kind of personality, this glittering gold, makes the Porto inhabitants very special, that is also a heritage treasure. Life is made of a sum of small pleasures. The art of living! Stories of knowledge, sharing of devotion, learning from legends and traditions, folk art creating masters of many  crafts, […]

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Incredible India – a trip from Oporto to India

Contextualization: The first urban foundations date the 3500 BC alongside the Hindo Valley, the same river that nowadays separates Pakistan and India. Harappan culture emerges and proceeds the Vedic period that is accompanied by an expansion of the civilization towards southeast. The Holy Scriptures, “the Vedas” were written during the latter period, also responsible for the implementation of the Caste system still in place. The epoch that follows is highly complex. Basically, traces of all empires can be found in what is now known as India: Maurya, Persian, Roman, Greek, Chinese and Macedonians (with Alexander the Great). It was however during the eighth century that society suffered major alterations with the arrival of Arabs and Islam – The Mughal Empire. The most influential period occurred during the kingdom of Akbar, who took a distinct approach to slaughtering Hindu people, allowing the mingling of Islamism with other religions. The subsequent era was dominated by the Marathas, a type of kings that still endures in the territory. All Europeans, including the Portuguese arrived to India with commercial intents, except the English, that decided to conquer the territory. In 1947, Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru finally ensured the independency of India, without shooting a single bullet, giving rise to the greatest migration of human history that culminated […]

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Street Art – Urban art in the center of Porto

Not only of facades live  Porto’s downtown. The center of Porto lives today from other realities. Street Art – Urban art in the center of Porto   If we look more closely we can see that there are  facades, walls or doors, often waiting for a quick (who insists on arriving) intervention screens that decorate  and reinterpret what is  living art. The Street art – Urban art in the center of Porto – arrive and is winning its space. You just need a quick  look to grab into these great works that increasingly adorn our city. Was in Victoria Street I met the work of Hazul Luzah and loved. Other names like Mr. Dheo and Vhils  began to populate my universe. There are many others to continue with the wonderful work that has left our city so much more alive! Are the images of Street Urban art in the Center of Porto   for further reading of Hazul works take a look on the links: http://mutante.pt/2015/04/mapa-hazul-luzah-street-art-porto/ http://p3.publico.pt/category/free-tags/hazul http://diariodigital.sapo.pt/news.asp?id_news=769055 http://informacao.canalsuperior.pt/cooltura/19510 http://www.viva-porto.pt/Em-Destaque/guia-de-street-art-apresenta-mais-de-50-trabalhos-de-hazul-luzah-no-porto.html http://www.porto24.pt/praca/um-mapa-para-ir-a-procura-dos-trabalhos-de-hazul-luzah Contacts: Email: info@yoursporto.com Tel: +(351) 222033082 www.yoursguesthouse.com

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Pilgrimage of S. João

The Pilgrimage of S. João is a popular saint in Porto, like S. António is in Lisbon and S. Pedro in Vila Nova de Gaia. S. João is also known as lover saint or as matchmaker saint. And the Pilgrimage of S. João is coming on June! The Pilgrimage of S. João is celebrated in several Portuguese cities, Braga, Póvoa do Varzim, etc, but the city where the celebration is bigger is in Oporto, and makes  24 June is holiday. Although S. João Baptista is considered by many the “popular saint” of Invicta, the official  saint of Oporto is Nossa Senhora da Vandoma. But On the night of June 23, people come to streets to celebrate and we can find a lot of grilled sardines, bread, caldo verde, peppers and wine! Everyone comes out. The very old, the very young, all really all get out of the sofa to go out and party. It doesn’t matter if it is hot, cold, raining… people come out of their houses. One of the basil of the Pilgrimage of S. João and one of its symbols, is the hammer, a colorful plastic hammers or  garlic flower, used by people to hit (gently) on the heads of others. Hot air […]

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