View of Ribeira in Porto from Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal.

Vila Nova de Gaia | Porto, Portugal

Did you know that Port wine does not originate from Porto? It actually comes from Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal, a town across Porto on the Douro river. A more interesting fact though, is that the Port wine is only stored, not produced.

Island in the Venice Lagoon – Burano and San Martino Church with the Leaning Tower, Italy

Burano and San Martino with the Leaning Tower | Venice, Italy

The Burano, with its distinctive colours, was unlike anything I had ever seen before. I later learned that there was a purpose behind the colour-toned design. During the golden age of development of Burano, if a house owner wanted to paint his belongings, he had to apply to Burano’s government for a colour. The government would only allow a few options of colours of choice.

Amsterdam’s Houseboats in the center, the Netherlands.

Houseboats | Amsterdam, Netherlands

After the second world war, there was a shortage of housing in Amsterdam. People then moved to live in boats on the water. Back then, they were not so comfortable compared with our day now, but at least they were cheap. With decades passing, houseboats have become more popular as an essential part of Amsterdam’s landscape, eventually becoming a main tourist attraction.

Spring in Porto, Portugal. A river view of the D. Luis Bridge.

Spring-Time | Porto, Portugal

Many of such colorful boats, as you see in the photo, are docked along the Douro River in Porto. Most of these boats are now just touristic attractions, but back in the day, the Port wine was transported with them. Aside from these small boats owned mostly by Porto wine producers, there are many others in the harbor, which are used now for visiting the Douro valley nearby Porto.

Night view of Amsterdam, Netherlands – View of the canal, boats and houses.

Amsterdam at Night | Netherlands

There are exactly 165 canals, so the decision as to which one to capture was not so easy. The composition though was always accomplished by the presence of several boats. The boats pictured above were rather small, in comparison to the 2,500 other house boats which were all around Amsterdam.

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