Saturday, September 10, 2011

Porto, Portugal, 1736 to Today and Porto Wine

Oporto
Porto - 1736

This is a Postcrossing meet-up postcard sent to me in 2011 with the signatures of 3 people from Portugal. It has a Rock Album Cover stamp on the back.

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Porto, also known as Oporto in English, is the second largest city in Portugal. 

Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its Latin name, Portus Cale, has been referred to as the origin for the name "Portugal," based on transliteration from Latin. 

One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the adegas of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the production and export of the fortified wine. (See Postcard Below)
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Porto, Portugal
City and Train

postmarked in 2009 with two Portugal stamps
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Rableo Boat from Portugal - the writer says, " The Rabelo boat was used to carry the Porto wine casks, but with good roads and trucks the majority of the casks are transported by road, but many years ago this was the only way they were carried down the river.  These boats are a tradition that no one wants to be lost, so a few men still use them from time to time, on short distances.  Some of these boats are transformed into sailing boats, and they sail for tourism."
Postmarked in 2007 with a pre-paid stamp printed on the back of a bridge.

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Portugal stamp 2010
1988 Rock album cover from Xutos & Pontapes 0,80
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Xutos & Pontap├ęs are a Portuguese rock band, who got together in Almada, Portugal in 1978. They started off in the local punk rock scene and set the trend - singing rock tunes in Portuguese. After 3 decades of studio and live albums, Xutos & Pontap├ęs continue to be considered Portugal's top rock band influencing new generations of Portuguese bands.

Stamps from Postcard #2:


Both are from 2007
Carrocao 1840, STCP (Porto) - 0,30
Americano 1873, Carris (Lisboa) 0,50


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