The setting of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the old fortress city of Ingolstadt must be about as German as they come. There are gabled merchants’ houses. Military grounds turned into parks. There is beer and there are cars – the Bavarian regulation on the purity of beer (it cannot contain just anything!) comes from here, and the city hosts the Audi HQ.
Portugal’s second city is a top tourist destination for many reasons – from the port cellars to the iconic metal bridge over the river Douro and many other architectural and culinary gems.
Our travellers, always on the look out for new wonders to discover, went to the shoreline just north of where the river Douro meets the sea, to the port of Leixoes (pronounced something like ley-shoes, and use your nasal intonation). On the edge of this major sea port, a rather stunning shape emerges into view: Leixoes Cruise Terminal, which was finished three years ago and fully opened to the public only last year. Looking at it leaves you in no doubt: this is Portugal’s newest landmark.
Getting closer, you notice there are one million little tiles on its surface which wereplaced manually, and obliquely and which resemble the scales of afish. The terminal arches 800 metres from the shoreline like a long arm protectingits pool of ships and yachts, and embracing an island of slick, modernfacilities.