|Porto’s old quarter seen from the Miradouro da Vitória|
One of those cafés she spent time in was Café Majestic, a fancy Art Nouveau establishment along the grand Rua de Santa Catarina. While tourists keep the outside terrace perpetually full, the interior is a grand, classy hall with white and pastel walls, huge mirrors, and warm wood highlights. Today you can order an afternoon pick-me-up and feel transported back to the 1920s when the thinkers of the day would come here to debate ideas and discuss their works.
|Fancy-shmancy interior seating|
Rowling enjoyed nursing coffee (or even tea, as a good Briton) on the upper floor’s tiny café you, too, can patronize today. It’s not hard to see how she might have been inspired to incorporate a Grand Staircase in Hogwarts Castle after visiting the Lello bookstore!
|(Source: Alan Brown)|
|Cloister, Porto Cathedral|
|Hand-painted tiles, Porto Cathedral|
|Is this real life?!?|
These hilly streets and shaded alleyways made me wish one of them was named Rua de Diagon Alley. Perhaps Hagrid was waiting to show me where I could pick up a pet owl of my own, maybe one of the old-man bars secretly had butterbeer on tap instead of Super Bock, and for all I know, Hogwarts: A History was laying on one of the shelves in a corner bookstore.
|If only I could buy a wand here…|
|Ignore that it says “Platform 5”…it’s supposed to read 9¾|
For more pictures, check out my album on Flickr.