Porto’s Ribeira is one of those few places in the world that attracts painters, photographers and all manner of artists for it’s inimitable combination of historic architecture, color and light. Well done UNESCO for protecting Porto’s riverfront district for future generations while accommodating modern touches like heated patios for the cafes and the mesmerizing statue of a cube suspended over a 17th century fountain, “Cubo da Ribeira” by José Rodrigues.
My Portuguese friend Tiago insisted on taking some photos with my nice camera, and of course with my ego I was dead sure that my photos would be way better. I don’t know if it was the time of day, the reflective light from the Douro River or what, but I was later shocked to discover his photos of the Ribeira ON MY CAMERA came out WAY BETTER than my own. Maybe because he’s Portuguese?