Portuguese Reds

by Brenna Holeman

Porto Red

Porto Red 7

Porto Red 1

Porto Red 8

Porto Red 3

Porto Red 6

Porto Red 4

Porto Red 5

Porto Red 2

Porto, Portugal

Do you know what they say about people who love the colour red? They’re impulsive, outgoing, aggressive at times. They have a strong zest for life. They tend to be extremely optimistic, but hate monotony and crave change. They are passionate and strong, full of vigour. They are restless. They can be too quick in their decision-making; one might call them rash, hasty. They are determined to get all they can out of life.

Is it any wonder I meet so many travellers who love the colour red, or, that when I travel, I see it everywhere?

For more:

Roman Red (Italy)

I Only Have Eyes For You (Myanmar)

Colours of Macau (Macau)

Seeing Red (Around the World)

There’s My Heart  (Japan)

Red, Red Love (Around the World)

For other colours I’ve highlighted, click here.

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Beverley - Pack Your Passport January 23, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Red is totally my colour and, having read this, now I can totally see why! My purse is red, my travel doc holder is red, my bedroom at my parent’s house is red, my headphones are red, most of my running gear is red, my phone cover was red until I broke it!

These photos are gorgeous Brenna, I especially love the that bookshop – what a beautiful room.

Brenna Holeman January 23, 2014 - 6:27 pm

The bookshop was incredible – they say it inspired J.K. Rowling! And yes, red is my favourite colour, too, and once I found that description it all made perfect sense…

Victoria January 24, 2014 - 12:44 am

I’m totally a red too! I love the door photos – I’m often drawn to doors when travelling too 🙂

Brenna Holeman January 24, 2014 - 12:40 pm

I wonder what it is about doors… I always have so many photos of them!

Zalie January 24, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Red is definitely becoming one of my favourite colours! Beautiful pictures sister xo

Brenna Holeman January 24, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Thank you, Zalie xo

Linda January 24, 2014 - 9:20 pm

These photos are wonderful! You have such an eye, Brenna. I stand in awe.

Brenna Holeman January 24, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Aw, thank you! You know how much I love taking photos…

Kaelene @Unlocking Kiki January 25, 2014 - 3:32 pm

I love the color theme idea. Red is really a beautiful color, great pictures.

Brenna Holeman January 27, 2014 - 1:03 am

Thank you! I love doing the colour-themed posts, but they take so much time (unless I have enough from one city, of course)…

Jackie D January 25, 2014 - 7:52 pm

It’s also said that red is the color the eye is drawn to first, before any other color! Love all these, especially the doors.

Brenna Holeman January 27, 2014 - 1:03 am

Thanks, Jackie! Miss you x

Jen January 26, 2014 - 8:00 pm

pictures = love.

Brenna Holeman January 27, 2014 - 1:03 am


Helen January 27, 2014 - 12:11 am

Love red! Love these posts. x

Brenna Holeman January 27, 2014 - 1:04 am

This post was inspired from our lunch on Thursday! Glad you liked it 🙂

Katie Featherstone January 27, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Nice photos! I fell in love with Porto while I was there. Portugal generally is a very colourful country with all the street art and patterned tiled outside walls.

Brenna Holeman January 27, 2014 - 8:31 pm

Yes – I loved taking photos in Portugal! I still go back and look at the ones I took in Lisbon often, too.

Lorenzo January 28, 2014 - 1:43 pm

I love red…

Brenna Holeman January 28, 2014 - 4:03 pm

You must be a traveller!

Spencer Bing January 29, 2014 - 12:20 am

The one thing that always stands out to me when I search anything about Portugal online is the vivid colors. I am glad you encapsulated that sense in this post! 🙂

Brenna Holeman January 29, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Yes – Portugal is so photogenic! I’m sure there will be many more of these posts to come.

PurpleTravelKate January 29, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Love this post and love this idea for a post! So cute. 🙂

Brenna Holeman January 29, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Thank you so much!

PurpleTravelKate January 29, 2014 - 1:04 pm


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Alyssa James January 31, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Red is definitely my favourite colour, though not all of those things are true about meee!

Lovely pics, as per usual 🙂

Brenna Holeman January 31, 2014 - 7:12 pm

I’d say you’re pretty passionate! Wait, that sounded creepy. You know what I mean. Passionate = creative, dedicated, happy to take on a challenge. Yes?

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