Porto - Portugal - Torre dos Clérigos and Around

On the last day of our weekend citybreak in Porto, we hiked up the steep hill from our hotel toward Torre dos Clérigos.
We paid our entrance fee and began the steep stair climb to the viewing platform at the top of the church tower.
We were delighted by gorgeous views on the way up.  I especially liked this shopping center which had been designed with a green space on the roof.
Going further up, we were treated to sweeping views of Porto.
A huge carillon stood poised ready to chime at any moment.
Various ornate stone structures were reinforced by metal connections to the tower.
I liked the glimpses of the city that we caught through the open windows hewn into the stone along the staircase.
We could see the Douro and the port houses beyond in the distance.
We spotted a bustling market below and determined that we would find our way there when we finished our tour of the tower and church.
In another direction, we spotted a huge park and even a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean beyond.
We looked in all directions admiring the architectural facets of the tower...
...and the beauty of the city spread outward around us.
We descended the tower and set out in search of the market we'd seen from above.  We were surprised to discover that it wasn't a farmers market but rather a bird market!
It was fascinating to walk around but I felt bad for the conditions in which the birds were kept.
We didn't stay at the market long but rather turned to admire the Torre dos Clérigos one last time before continuing on toward the Jardins do Palácio de Cristal do Porto.
En route, we passed amazing examples of Art Deco styling.
Ornate fountains animated old time worn squares.
More churches stood to attention along the route.
The final thing that delighted me about this walk was how small and intimate Porto seems.  We were staring into the window of a lovely looking pastry shop when who did I notice standing there but Luis, our friend from Cinema Batalho!  We reintroduced ourselves, exchanged cheek kisses and then each went on our way again as Luis rushed off to some commitment or other campaigning for his local candidate.

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