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Porto. Rio Douro
10-DEC-2016

Porto. Rio Douro

The name, Latinized Durius, may have come from the Celtic tribes that inhabited the area before Roman times: the Celtic root is *dubro-.The Douro vinhateiro (winegrowing), an area of the Douro Valley in Portugal long devoted to vineyards, has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Traditionally, the wine was taken down river in flat-bottom boats called rabelos, to be stored in barrels in cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the river from Porto. In the 1950s and 1960s, dams were built along the river, which ended this river traffic from the upper regions in Spain and along the border. Now Port wine is transported in tanker trucks.In 1998, Portugal and Spain signed the Albufeira Convention, an agreement on the sharing of trans-boundary rivers to include the Douro, Tagus and Guadiana. The convention superseded an original agreement on the Douro, signed in 1927, that was expanded in 1964 and 1968 to include tributaries.

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Bobby M17-Feb-2017 19:31
Fine composition and lovely late day light here.V
Julie Oldfield26-Dec-2016 17:02
Beautiful soft light. V
Juliette26-Dec-2016 10:35
wonderful ! V
Yvonne26-Dec-2016 10:28
A magnificent view, the unusual looking boats are great, lovely to read the story Jose! v
Rody Graumans26-Dec-2016 10:10
such a nice atmosphere..
Neil Marcus26-Dec-2016 04:57
well composed with the large boat balancing the scene.The figure adds to this beautiful image. Big vote, Jose
Dennis Hoyne26-Dec-2016 04:55
These are very interesting boats! A lovely scene on the river in the low light.
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