The scene of One / 163 and One / 164 (163 revisited)

I thought I would show more of the backdrop to the scene of my post “One / 163”.

Here’s a little more detail of those balconies, I was intrigued by ‘Varanda da Saudade’  and the guitar symbol….do they have informal music evenings here? But the place looks a tad unloved:

…and is she going to step through the open doorway? Perhaps not – one foot sideways, one foot ahead:




  1. A balcony of melancholy! Sounds like the place for fado, but it certainly looks as though it is past its best days! A great find Sue

    • Sue

      Well, I wish I could speak Portuguese! That’s the place, alright!

      • The Balcony of Saudade. In the Cathedral of Porto.
        Porto has these things …

        Whoever visits the Cathedral of Porto, the oldest part of the city, where Porto was born, and where we find people full of pride to live there, you can be lucky at any moment to hear fado bum (sung by the locals) and still attend a street party of the most genuine!
        It is there in the first house in the dark street that is the Balcony of the Saudade.
        Facing the Cathedral, the fado is appreciated by those who pass by to visit and by the local.
        If in the Balcony of Saudade sings the fado, underneath it is prepared and the snacks are prepared. Because there is no popular party without them.
        And who goes to Varanda da Saudade, sings a fado with feelings. A genuine fado …

      • Sue

        Wish I’d heard some, but I wasn’t there in the evening, still lees the weekend – thanks for this, Pete

  2. The comments today were as interesting as the photos, Sue. 🙂


  3. I think the music evenings at the Varanda stopped because the audience got too depressed! But the Fado concert I went to in Tavira was mesmerising!

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