Glimps of my city…
Today I was missing my city, so I decided to go for lunch in the old merchant center, the river port. Even if the weather has been to cold and rainy for this time of the year, the sun managed to make is presence from time to time for most of the afternoon.
Like many European cities, the historic center of Porto, is not simply a touristic attraction. Even if tourism represents an important part of the cities revenue, it is a lively part of the city: it’s historical, cultural, leisure and commercial lung and that is what makes it so attractive: the continuous mix between visitors, youngsters, local residents, old residents, scholars, creates a real environment, not a fake touristic scenario.
The historic city, is not an antiquity , is an area, actually, several areas, amongst the many others that comprise the city.
Is funny to recall that 15 years ago, this old place, inhabited by poor people that couldn’t afford a house on the growing suburbs, was a dangerous place, where most citizens would stay away from. Today, the area as healed itself and found its place once more as the heart of the city, where everyone wants to go and live. But what is more interesting, is that unlike Lisbon, Paris, London, the locals remain, now mixed with new inhabitants from different, social, economic and cultural backgrounds creating a daily dynamic that only thru experience can someone understand.
However my opinion is obviously bias…I love my city of birth – PORTO – voted “Best European Destination 2012”