Armamar Municipality

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  • Day7

    Up to the Douro Valley

    April 26, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We always take a weekend trip during our two week Lisbon stay. We haven’t been to the Douro Valley in a few years, and it seemed like a great time of year, so here we are. Class was over at 12:30, we were at the airport by 2, in our rental car about an hour later.

    The drive was straightforward, except for the fact that I first went to the CASA da Azenha, instead of the QUINTA da Azenha. Luckily they are only 10 km apart! This is a centuries’ old renovated stone house up and looking right over the river. It is close to two good restaurants, so no driving for food is necessary. I am right now sitting on a terrace looking out at the scene you see in these pics. Joe is resting. I think it’s a no brainer who made the better decision!
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  • Day8

    Rivers and vineyards

    April 27, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Oh, wow, what a day. We made about a 75 km circle that took us up and down and around, to a neolithic hill fort in Sabrosa, to the Mateus estate (how can such a beautiful place produce such bad wine?! — maybe that’s unfair because maybe I have only had the really cheap rosé wine in the brown ceramic bottle that we used to burn candles in so they would drip all over the bottle. )

    The townspeople were making a carpet of flowers for tomorrow’s procession of the Virgen das Prazeres. They told us they had started at 7 am and would finish by 3 am. Mass at 7 sharp and then the procession to destroy their 20 hours of work.

    From there all through vineyards, down to the river and then back up again, each vista more gorgeous than the last. We ended with a trip up to the miradouro in Casal de Loivos, which I had remembered from previous trips.

    We will finish off the day with dinner in a fairly fancy place, DOC, right on the river about a 15 minute walk from our lovely Quinta da Azenha.
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  • Day7

    National holiday, April 25

    April 26, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    The day of the Carnation Revolution, 45 years ago. Not a shot was fired. The army officers, tired of fascism, I guess, went into the president and prime minister’s offices and said, it’s time to go. We don’t want to hurt you, so get in this tank and we will take you to the airport so you can go to Brazil. Yesterday we saw those tanks being driven on their historical route, pretty cool.

    We spent the day with good Portuguese friends, two economists Joe has known for years. First to eat baby goat, I guess cabrito translates as kid. The restaurant, about 20 km out of Lisbon, was mobbed, and everyone was eating the same thing.

    Then a trip to the Universidade Nova’s new building about 20 km outside of Lisbon, on the river. Pretty astonishing, They even have their own private tunnel under the road to get to the beach, and conveniently the sheds for all their aquatic sports (ocean sports to the right, river sports to the left) are right there.
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  • Day25

    Auf der Portwein-Route nach Porto...

    June 29, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    On the way to Porto we decided to take a route along the Douro River to see all the winerys of the famous Portwine. It was a long drive of about 6 hours return but the scenery was amazing. We had a tasting at the Quinta do Tedo winery as well. Yummy!

    When we arrived in Porto the guy from the reception told us a restaurant (Adega Figueiroa) across the street we should try... We had a great meal with soup, main course, beer and coffee for only 11 Euros (in total for both) :D. And it was great!

    Heute haben wir uns entschieden nicht den schnellsten sondern den schönsten Weg nach Porto zu wählen. Dafür sind wir der Portwein-Route entlang des Douro Flusses gefolgt. Die Route ist landschaftlich wirklich super und je weiter man fährt desto mehr Weingüter sieht man. Am Ende war es eine 6-stündige Autofahrt, aber es hat sich wirklich gelohnt. Ein paar Portweine haben wir natürlich auch noch probiert... Sehr lecker!

    In Porto hat uns unser Gastgeber dann noch ein Restaurant empfohlen (Adega Figueiroa). Dort gab es dann tatsächlich ein 3-Gänge Menü inkl. einem Bier für insgesamt 11 Euro... (nicht pro Person) :D Es war super lecker.

    Morgen schauen wir uns dann Porto näher an..
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  • Day19

    Rabelo boat

    November 7, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    We left the boat in the morning for a very short bus ride to bypass a lock and then we boarded a small rabelo boat of the kind that was traditionally used to bring the port wine to Porto.

    We had about an hour on the boat to take us to the winery location.Read more

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