Saturday, March 17, 2007

photo hunt: drink


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One of Portugal's most internationally famous products it's a drink, Port wine, which was named after the city of Porto because it was originally shipped from the area. The city has a population of 263,000 inhabitants in 15 parishes, with 1,551,950 in the metropolitan area. It is situated in the north of the country, on the northern bank of the Douro River, just in the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.


Here is the picture of Porto as I saw it last september. The tall bridge you see on the right is actually for the subway. We took it from our hotel downtown to get here, walked steps all the way down to reach the restaurant area down below on the waterside, the zona ribeirinha (but took a taxi after dinner!) On the left you see the view we had when we got off the subway. It was truly breathtaking but I posted a small picture because my night pics are always blurry... but that doesn't stop me today - I am not limiting myself to one picture this time...!

And right across from the first picture we found the home of one famous port wine producer, which welcomes you with a large sign at the entrance: Founded in London in 1790 by a young Scotsman, George Sandeman, The House of Sandeman has grown to be one of the most prestigious wine companies in the world.
Recognized world-wide, "The Sandeman Don", drawn in 1928, is one of the first trademarks images ever created and is a symbol of prestige, tradition and Sandeman's commitment to quality.
Enjoy your visit and remember: "Find The Don" and you've found Sandeman!


We had a guided tour which included a visit to the ageing lodges:


and finally some port wine tasting, of course! Cheers!!
Happy St Patrick's Day!




Bonus: Mrs. Lifecruiser's cyber cruise is taking us this weekend to Oslo, Norway here! and here! And to Waterloo, Belgium on sunday. Remember to drop by here on monday for the Barcelona tour.
The Cyber Cruise busy schedule

48 comments:

  1. The lighting contrasts the dark sky so well in your second picture.

    Happy St. Patty's to you too.

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  2. Sandemans! Mmmmmm!

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  3. Mmmmmh... port! I love it - especially Sandeman!

    Ship Ahoy and Happy Hunting =)

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  4. I love those photo's really well taken!

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  5. That looks like a very interesting area.

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  6. The first photo is very pretty. I love the nighttime shot. But, of course, love that last witht the wine, lol. We took a tour of I love Budwieser and found it very interesting. Have a great weekend.

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing a little background on the port wine. Actually they sell this brand at our "World Market" place here in Arizona. Very cool...

    Have a wonderful Saturday. Do they celebrate St. Patrick's day in Spain?

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  8. Happy St. Patricks Day, Mar! =)

    Enjoy making your glass empty! hehe

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  9. Well you did a wonderful job on this week's theme. Very much enjoyed your post.

    Take care,
    Connie
    My photo is up.

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  10. Beautiful pictures Mar and I love that Night Shot!....Is the Port from Spain sweet? I think Port is one of the lovliest of drinks....the sipping of Port as one sits with friends conversing is a lovely thing to do, isn't it?

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  11. wow! great presentation and info...u did a great job presenting the wine...love it!

    happy hunting!

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  12. Apparently you know what's good ! and chic ! all the English ladies have their little glass of Portwine (or the whole bottle) ! I only have been in Algarve, never in the north. But I am not yet at my end, lol !

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  13. Gorgeous looking place! Will have to make my way over to Portugal one of these days.

    Happy Weekend!

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  14. Great choice for drink! I am particularly fond of white port :)

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  15. I know that bridge. It was designed by Gustav Eiffel, the same guy who did the Eiffel Tower. It's a famous bridge design. (My son built one out of popsicle sticks and it was strong enough to hold $15 worth of rolled pennies.) So even though all the information on Port wine and Sandeman's is really great, I'm still here thinking, "Wow, she's got a picture of that bridge." ;-)

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  16. Oh wow, what a beautiful city. Thanks for the tour and the wine.

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  17. Lovely photos. Thanks for the lesson about port - I learned a lot!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too!

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  18. Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing with us! This is a great blog

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  19. Oh look! One for you... and one for me! I'll have the white if you don't mind! And I'll have the RED if you do mind! ;) LOL! Lovely history/geography lesson too Mar!

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  20. I love to learn about new places and places I will likely never be able to see in person. Thanks.

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  21. I learned a lot of things from your post today. Thank you for sharing those interesting information. The Port wine looks like a refreshing drink.

    Happy weekend!

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  22. WOW, thanks for the tour~awesome! Wonderful pictures.

    Mine is up on My Photo Blog, but not nearly as interesting.

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  23. Whoohoo! Look at all those kegs of wine! I used to love wine, but don't drink anymore. Great photo's.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  24. Thank you for the wine tour! It looks like a gorgeous place to go!

    And a happy St Patty's Day to you!

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  25. Ohhh great idea, and I love all the pics, sounds like a fun place!

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  26. My favorite is the last photo..
    Happy St. Pat's Day!

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  27. I love this tour! It has blue skies and beautiful night photos. All of which I miss photographing currently because of the rain!

    What a great post.. And yup I saw you were stumbling drunk already. ;-)

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  28. I'm glad you posted more than one! I love it when I see places I have never seen and learn about them. Happy weekend!

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  29. Ahhh, port ... my husband has a fascination of sorts with port lately ... ever since he watched the Kidnapped DVD lol
    Very nice photos!

    Brandy
    http://gajabraoutpost.com/brandysvarietygarden

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  30. I'm surprised but I had been here earlier. Can find my name on the comment. What happened>? Anyway, like the 2nd photo which is on an evening and with well distributed lights.
    Thanks for the visit.

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  31. Those are beautiful photos! I'm impressed!

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  32. Ummmmm! wine. Gotta love it. Can't go wrong with that. And then barrrels and barrels of it. Wow!

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  33. I feel so informed!
    Thanks for a lovely share.
    Raising my own wine glass to you here in NYC,
    Frances

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  34. Hi Mar

    You could almost use this post for another Port (no pun intended) on the cruise!

    Glad you are having a good time!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too!

    I would like to share with you this Irish blessing that I picked out specially for you:

    An Old Celtic Blessing
    May the blessing of light be on you—
    light without and light within.
    May the blessed sunlight shine on you
    and warm your heart
    till it glows like a great peat fire.

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  35. Great photos. Thanks for sharing and the lessons on port.

    Wishing you happy days ahead

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  36. Love the pictures - especially the oak barrels.

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  37. Very cool! Thanks for sharing some history with us!

    Blessings-Jennifer

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  38. This was a really wonderful post Mar. Love it. would love to go there too. And taste the Porto there right on the spot. I mean, it's like drinking Guiness in Ireland :-)

    But were is everybody? Must we go and get them from their cabins? I bet they are making themselves goodlooking for the evenings festivities.

    "All men on deck" in Oslo!

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  39. wow - what fabulous photos and the colors are super!
    Have a happy weekend
    L

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  40. Good stuff to know!

    Mine's up :)

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  41. First of all; Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    What a readable post about port wine and the culture all around it - thanks for sharing and with all this wonderful photos!
    Btw: Thanks for plugging me and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay in Oslo on Lifecruisers Cyber Cruise. Your welcome back any time:-)

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  42. Wow... incredible beauty! Great photos. The wine looks good. :o)

    You are invited to check out my blog and Photo Hunters post.

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  43. I have never been to Portugal but I love Port ... particularly with cheese. Gorgeous pictures as always Mar :o)

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  44. I love a nice glass of port! Mmmmmm

    Your pics make me want to go and visit Porto!

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  45. Looks like a very peaceful place to live in.

    Cheers to your weekend!

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  46. Great pictures Mar. I love the Sandeman's sign. Have fun on the cruise.

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  47. Thanks for sharing Porto and it's famous wines in such a great way. Our last Porto went empty 2 weeks ago. For desert.

    PS. I'll take the train to Barcelona. To stormy at sea.

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  48. What a beautiful town Barcelona is!
    Gaudi is a so huge artist! I love art and Barcelona give us a lesson:art is essential to give a sens to our life!
    Now I'm ready to begin the beautiful cruise night party!

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