TNC2015 in Porto - Saturday and Sunday 13-14/6-2015
|Pictures from the other days|
When I left my home in the cold north, the sky was blue and the sun was shining.
If I am able to go to the TNC venue in advance, I usually do so in order to see the sights and enjoy the weather...
There is no reason to moan, though. Porto is also beautiful in the rain.
Especially the azuleios - the glazed tiles on the houses - are more beautiful in the rain.
Interiors, too, are more appealing when it rains. Here, it is the church of St. Nicolau (aka Santa Claus).
Shops are also appealing: Crayons on display.
As it usually happens, the rain stopped and we could enjoy the beautiful city Saturday evening.
Sunday provided dry weather and a whole day to experience Porto. This mixture of old and new, worn-down and restored and many other contrasts. However - always interesting.
Houses with azuleios.
Because of the sea and the river, the gulls are everywhere in the city.
Taking a nap
or freshening up the face
Keeping an eye on everything...
...especially left-overs from the tourists
The great cathedral
A choir from Baltimore made a bit of marketing by spontaneously singing. Afterwards they distributed flyers about their concert later in the day in some other church.
I like infrastructure. Here it keeps a home together.
The main station...
...where some of the history of Portugal is depicted on azuleios. Ancient history in blue/white. Contemporary (1905) history in full colour!
Here, San Fransisco is not something in the US, it is a golden chruch!
This church has a very elaborate crypt with a lot of rooms full of people who paid to be put there. For eternity.
A session room for the bishops. If we had this a home, it would certainly add some pathos to our meetings.
The Luis I bridge in to levels
Help me, please! Who is this guy? Neptune? A patron saint of the city?
Wildlife of the Douro river.
A remaining piece of an old city wall.
Surprisingly many houses are abandoned. You should think this was prime real estate, just waiting to be restored. Perhaps it is just that: Waiting.
Some of the bridges of Porto.
This one is made by Gustave Eiffel - otherwise known as creator of a certain tower.
The city even has a cable car
The Ribeira riverfront
The Alfandega building - the TNC15 conference venue
The church of the saint of seafarers, St. Elmo. Built in 1300-something.
I like infrastructure. This particular specimen is probably up for renewal soon.
A visit to the Sandeman caves
City wildlife - or maybe tame-life?
A beautiful evening and nice weather is a good omen for the coming week and conference.
Martin Bech, DeIC, email@example.com