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Yesterday I was waiting for 2 friends at this trendy bar of Oporto. I waited for one hour and half, but, finally, for different reasons they didn’t came! Fortunately I had my sketchbook to keep me company!

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From my balcony I can see, among other things, the commercial street of Oporto (Santa Catarina) and the Coliseu (the most famous concert hall in town). It is a shame the subtle colors of the painting get lost in the picture…

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This is the vision I get, when I put the feet on the sidewalk, leaving from my house at Oporto: It is a strange combination of nice modern buildings from the middle XXs and the Neo classic church. All the constructions have a strong urban alignment, except the religious building, giving that corner a strange tension that is emphasized by the horizontal and vertical contrasting proportions of the other two buildings I love (both from great Portuguese architects).

The higher one, from the Architects Pádua Ramos and Carlos Loureiro, was the first large-scale structure in this city using reinforced concrete. The other is one from one of my favourite Portuguese architects: Arménio Losa.

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