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Porto Part I: The Call of the Ocean

5.06.2015
Portugal Atlantic Ocean
Portugal Atlantic Ocean
Portugal Atlantic Ocean
Portugal Atlantic Ocean
Portugal Atlantic Ocean
Portugal Atlantic Ocean
Portugal Atlantic Ocean
Portugal Atlantic Ocean

I need the sea because it teaches me - Pablo Neruda


It is hard to resist the call of the ocean… but once you acquiesce to the harmony of fluttering heart beats that form the tides, it becomes even harder to leave.

My family visited Porto, Portugal mainly to wander its hilly historic city center, to taste (and learn about) their world renowned port wine and dine on freshly caught sardines. It is a destination often beat out by its sibling, Lisbon. I didn't mind reading that before we left because it's like exploring a less treaded path, which we found well worth our travels. And on a later post, I hope to show you that.

But for now, it's the expansive and eloquent Atlantic Ocean that lies on Porto's western edge that's made me keep drifting back to this little town days after our return. In the short time we were there, we were fortunate enough to experience the water from outside our windows, under shimmering sunlight but more often under clouds of varying hues, and even then it was beautiful to behold. It felt very much like a sort of homecoming...


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17 comments

  1. I like experiencing Porto through these photos. Your framing of a scene always tells a larger story.

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  2. Well, now I will have to add Porto to my life list of places to visit. I can feel the tranquility! Like you, I cannot resist the call of the ocean. Beautiful photos.

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  3. I find the ocean hard to resist. Wish I lived closer!

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  4. I find the ocean hard to resist. Wish I lived closer!

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  5. it is beautiful! your photos are just incredible! love the sea too.

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  6. Beautiful photos - they make me yearn for the ocean. It's one spot always guaranteed to soothe my soul.
    Thank you for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-bubble-man.html

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  7. So pretty - I grew up on the ocean, there is something so powerful and gorgeous about it!

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  8. these beautiful photos are calling me ♥ Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

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  9. Katherine... beautiful pictures!!! Now I need to go visit Porto, it looks so beautiful and peaceful!

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  10. Your words are lovely and your photos capture what you felt. I love the sea. There is no place I would rather be.

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  11. Beautiful beautiful beautiful ... words and photos. Water ... so important ... so peaceful ... calling calling....

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  12. These are so peaceful. I think peace is the one thing that draws me to the ocean. I always feel so calm when there. These are gorgeous!

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  13. Wow - so scenic and utterly beautiful!

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  14. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

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  15. True, we hear and read a lot more about Lisbon than Porto. I imagine that Porto knows how to keep its precious secrets then... And hope to be able to visit the city some day, with your pictures in mind as the perfect guide to its world.

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  16. Thank you all for your very kind comments, I appreciate them so... xo

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