Chafariz do Anjo

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    • Day 8

      Boat ride on the Douro

      September 19, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 73 °F

      》Alfândega Congress Centre

      A unique place, Alfândega Congress Centre in Porto is one of the largest congress centres in Portugal. It is the ideal place for business, scientific, cultural and commercial events.

      A former-customshouse, the building is located in the historic centre of the city, along the bank of the Douro River, and was renovated under the direction of the Pritzker-awarded architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. It is part of the Museum of Transport and Communication, founded on 21 February 1992.
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    • Day 8

      Boat ride on the Douro

      September 19, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 73 °F

      》Igreja do Corpo Santo de Massarelos (Church of the Holy Body of Massarelos)

      Rising above the riverfront with a facade adorned in blue-and-white azulejos (hand-painted tiles), this church was built in 1776 on the site of a chapel that was founded by the Confraria das Almas do Corpo Santo de Massarelos in 1394.

      The church belongs to the Congregation of Corpus Christi Souls. This order has existed in Porto since the end of the 14th century and was founded by sailors who miraculously survived the storm at sea and sailed safely to the port. Its member was Prince Henry the Navigator, whose image appears on the tiled panel.

      》Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar

      The Monastery of Serra do Pilar is a former monastery located in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, on the opposite side of the Douro River from Porto. The monastery is situated on an outcrop overlooking the Dom Luís I Bridge and the historic centre of Porto. Together with these locations, the monastery was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The monastery is notable for its church and cloister, both of which are circular.

      Construction of the first monastery at the site began in 1538 by the Order of St. Augustine. The initiative dates back to 1527 under the orders of João III to serve as a larger monastic residence for monks from the Monastery of Grijó, in Grijó, which had been in a state of deterioration. The original monastery was completed in 1564 and the cloisters were finished in 1583. The first monastery was quickly rendered obsolete as the facilities were too small for the number of monks in residence. In 1597, work began on the new church and the monastery was slowly updated in phases over the next several decades. The new circular church was inaugurated on July 17, 1672, and the final phases of the monastery were completed by the end of the 17th century.

      Serra do Pilar's military importance first became evidenced during the Peninsular War when it was used by General Arthur Wellesley to launch a surprise attack on the French across the Douro, and retake Porto. The monastery's prominent location acted as the only Liberal stronghold on the south side of the Douro during the Siege of Porto. The monastery was fortified over the course of the 19th century to take advantage of its strategic location. In 1910 the site was declared a National Monument of Portugal. Reconstruction of portions of the monastery that had been destroyed by successive wars began in 1927. In 1947 some of the monastery grounds were converted into a military barracks which remains on the site to this day.

      》Gaia Cable Cars

      To get one of the most complete and impressive panoramas of Porto you will have to take a tram ride. It is only 5 minutes to reach the Pier of the City of Gaia, at 300 meters of altitude. On the way there, you can contemplate the historic area of ​​Porto, the roofs of the cellars of Gaia, the Ribeira, the Clérigos and the Douro in all their splendor.
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    • Day 8

      Ponte Dom Luís I Bridge

      September 19, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 73 °F

      》The Ponte Dom Luís I 

      A true icon of the city of Porto and a marvel of 19th century engineering provides wonderful views over the skyline of Porto.

      The Dom Luís I Bridge spans the River Douro between Porto on the north bank and Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank.

      Designed by German architect, Téophile Seyrig (1843-1923), a disciple and business partner of French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame), the Ponte Dom Luís I had the longest span of any metal bridge in the world when it was completed in 1886.

      Originally meant for road traffic, now the upper span carries Line D of the Porto metro and a pedestrian walkway, while the lower deck is for road traffic and pedestrians with no fear of vertigo.
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    • Day 8

      Port Tour in Villa Nova de Gaia

      September 19, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 72 °F

      》#4 Rosé

      Quevedo Tasting Room

      It doesn’t matter how good you work the grapes at the winery unless the origin of the grapes is the best. The most important legacy that we received from our ancestors was the learning that wine is made in the vineyard. For this reason, we cultivate 100 hectares of vineyards, plus 25 hectares of organic olive groves, across five properties in the Douro valley, from the sub-regions of Cima Corgo. This diversity provides grapes of varying aromas and flavors that help us craft distinct wines and make some exciting experiences along the way.

      Rosé ports are lighter than ruby ports but still strong in fruit flavors.

      It is salmon color with a very inviting nose with aromas of field strawberries and watermelon and fresh. Easy and light on the palate, yet having that classic velvety Port texture. This Port is fun to drink and has serious and pure aromas of young red fruits and tropical fruits. Perfect for hot summer days or in cocktails.

      Food from around the world - Pork dumplings, curry noodles, sushi and samosas 
      Classic desserts: sour cherry pie and chocolate ganache truffles
      A stinky blue cheese

      ^Port Rosé Tonico

      2 oz Port Rosé
      1 oz quality gin
      1/4th cup raspberries
      mint leaves
      3/4th cup tonic water
      squeeze of lemon
      frozen wine glasses
      sugar and salt

      Muddle raspberries, mint leaves and lemon juice in a glass
      Dust glass rims with salt and sugar
      Strain into frozen wine glasses with a couple of ice cubes
      Add gin and Porto Rosé and stir
      Fill glass to top with tonic water
      Garnish with lemon wedge

      》Port Tongs

      With an adjustable grip these tongs will open nearly any size bottle of Port or Wine, easily and quickly.

      Simply heat them for 1-2 minutes from a gas stove top, a fire, or a bbq and grip the neck of the bottle you wish to open from a point below the cork. After about 15 seconds release the tongs and place in a bowl of cold water. Apply a cloth soaked in cold water to the neck of the bottle for a few seconds and when you remove it the neck should separate cleanly.
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    • Day 8

      Port Tour in Villa Nova de Gaia

      September 19, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 70 °F

      》#5 White
      》#6 Tawney Reserve
      》#7 LBV 2019

      Vasques de Carvalho

      In the summer of 2018 this company opened a very beautiful lodge in Gaia – the wine isn’t aging here, you will not find any barrels… so therefore it might make more sense to call it a sales shop.

      The lodge of Vasques de Carvalho is located in the total center of Gaia – but somehow it is just a few meters off the usual way that tourists take when they discover Gaia.

      You will find some wine from 1880 in the 40 year old Port! It’s only a little bit that finds its way into the 40 year old Tawny – but that is what makes so much difference.

      ^Vasques de Carvalho 20 years White Port: On the nose, it immediately shows all its seduction with notes of honey, dried fruits and spices. In the mouth it is powerful and reveals great greasiness and elegance. Some vanilla, good quality wood and liquorice are supported by firm acidity and good structure. The finish is long and sweet.

      Fish - smoked salmon, shellfish, and sushi
      Alongside a tray of Gruyere, olives, and charcuterie
      Fresh fruit themes: angel cake with strawberries, lemon meringue, peaches in cream, or white chocolate covered strawberries

      ^Vasques de Carvalho 40 years Tawny Port: Amber colour with golden and greenish notes. Caramel and honey aromas. The presence of dried fruit and some iodine, is surrounded by a slight "vinagrinho" so typical of the old Tawny. The palate is elegant, but powerful and intense at the same time. It is a wine that presents an extraordinary bouquet, which embodies the grandeur of the great Port wines aged for decades in cask. Spices, roasted coffee, fine wood and elegant, the velvety honey and caramel, make this wine an authentic experience for the senses.

      All sorts of nutty delights - pecan pie, almond biscotti, or regionally-inspired Portuguese salted almond cake Classic desserts - Caramel covered cheesecake, German Chocolate Cake, cinnamon-crusted apple pie, crème brûlée, and coconut cream pie
      Cheeses - Smoked cheddar, Pecorino, and aged Manchego

      ^Vasques de Carvalho LBV Port 2019:
      Vinho Grandes Escolhas - Very dark and deep red colour. Intense and powerful both in fragrance and taste. Soft and round tannins.

      Cheeses - Aged Parmesan and the classic Stilton
      All things chocolate - German chocolate cake, homemade chocolate sauce, molten chocolate lava cake, chocolate bread pudding
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