Miss'Opo is a guest house, with a very shabby-chic atmosphere, located in Porto, Portugal...the city where I lived for 12 years before moving to Denmark. It's concept is one that has become very popular in Porto for the last 10 years or so. Creative, imaginative, strong willed people working against a difficult economic conjuncture, decided to start using their diverse talents to revitalize areas of the historic city that were being left to a certain level of abandonment. I was lucky enough to have witnessed how the creation of several guest houses, small shops, cafés, art galleries and multi-functional buildings, like Miss'Opo, originated a whole new dynamic of cultural interactivity in parts of Porto that had been "asleep" for too long.
I wanted to share these great photos because they are simply perfect to illustrate some fundamental aspects of Porto. Contemporaneity and tradition mixed together as a style and an attitude. And an example of one of the many surprising, idiosyncratic, quirky, little havens you can discover when exploring that city that I love and miss so much.
photos: Shanna Jones Photography