how to be portuguese, part ii

rule number two: live in a hilly city with various forms of transportation. especially enjoy elevators and funiculars.

stairway, lisbon, alfama. alfama is the hilliest neighborhood, where fado music originated. (this is why the portuguese can eat all those pastries.)
elevador da santa justa, lisbon. designed by a student of gustave eiffel. very charlie and the great glass elevator, but not quick enough to break through the top. there are 4 elevators.
river douro, porto. it used to be that the casks of wine traveled on boats from the valley to city. now, they use trucks. the boats are for show. for the tourists. also, the portuguese are very proud of henry the navigator and travels westward to the americas.
funicular dos guindais, porto. ludo will tell you that i love a funicular. it's an easy way to travel to a much higher point in the city without walking. it is part of porto's public transit system. this photograph was taken from inside the funicular.
and, we have almost reached the top. it's a very steep funicular.
buses, everywhere. this is lisbon.
but there are trains and trams, too. so san francisco.

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