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This post, submitted by Maria João Carvalho is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program.

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3. Beware of newstands cats

I am not a cat person. That said, I think this cute, fat and healthy cat is very happy living inside this newstand located between Rua Mouzinho da Silveira and Largo de S. Domingos. The owner told us he used to live inside a car engine when he was a kitten. Still today he has a passion for engines and loves to sleep over the copy machine. There are loads of stray cats downtown, and people feed them leaving fish and other leftovers in street corners. They love rats so they are very usefull I suppose. Go help make him a star. You can visit the cat at Bazar Cachet Location: http://goo.gl/maps/igkQi

36. Have a fun day at the races!
The pidgeons living in the Baixa area race madly through Rua de Sta. Catarina and Rua Formosa. I swear they do! They must have pilots, fans, race directors, pit lanes and paddocks, no one can convince me otherwise. It’s like ‘Cars’, but the pidgeon version!
I’m not going mad. Go see for yourselves: http://goo.gl/maps/feCzI

Have a fun day at the races! (Photo credit copyright Maria João Carvalho)

42. Go into the light
Many centuries ago we had a king called Sebastião. He was king at the age of three. D. Sebastião went to battle the moorish army in Morocco and never returned. Dead at 24. 
Sebastião is often referred to as ‘The Desired’ and the legend says he will return on a foggy day. So when portuguese people get fog they always say “OMG, is D. Sebastião returning or what?”. Insiders information, just for you!
In Porto fog can give you the most perfect illusions! Try early mornings by the river and just go into the light: http://goo.gl/maps/HGK8r

Go into the light. (Photo credit copyright Maria João Carvalho)

60. Gone fishing
Just a few km away from downtown Porto you can find Afurada, a small fishing village right at Douro’s river mouth (Gaia’s side). You can go by bus from Gaia’s wharf (about 10m), walk, or take a boat just to cross the river at Cantareira (near Porto Foz area). 
You can see fishermen mending their nets, fresh fish being sold, women washing clothes at the community tank, time and sun burned faces and a lot more. It’s real.
Sweet, smiling people with a hard life: https://goo.gl/maps/wWhmp


Gone fishing.  (Photo credit copyright Maria João Carvalho)