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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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  • Day2

    Quinta Valdalágea

    August 15 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Estava mesmo a precisar de férias, andamos a trabalhar a partir de casa há mais de 5 meses, feitos loucos, com pouco tempo ou quase nenhum durante a semana. Com projetos e patrões que exigem, mesmo que seja inconsciente, que trabalhemos demasiadas horas. Estou tão cansada que apesar de me ter deitado relativamente cedo hoje acordei às 11h.

    Felizmente já estava na Serra da Estrela, na casa da minha mãe, só temos uma hora e pouco de caminho para chegar a Quinta da Valdalágea onde vamos ficar hospedados durante dois dias. Não tínhamos nada marcado para o dia de hoje.

    A entrada para a quinta implica uma subida íngreme de quase 1km, pelas vinhas para chegar a uma casa centenária com uma vista deslumbrante sobre o Douro e o rio Varosa. Já chegamos tarde, claro que almoçar num restaurante a estas horas é quase impossível. Para disfarçar o almoço, fizemos uma prova de vinhos da Quinta com a Anabela com a qual acabamos por ficar a conversa por mais de duas horas.
    Já passava das 16h, quando decidimos ir até ao Miradouro de São Leonardo da Galafura, seguindo a sugestão da Anabela, como sendo o miradore mais bonito do Douro. Nunca tinha vindo para esta zona mas vale muito a pena. Dali seguimos para outro miradouro, São Domingos.

    Já não tínhamos muito tempo antes de seguirmos para o restaurante o DOC de Rui Paula as 19h30. Um restaurante requintado sobre o rio com o reflexo do pôr do sol na água. Parece me muito cedo para jantar, mas na realidade não almoçámos, estávamos esganados. Devíamos ser os clientes mais mal vestidos do restaurante. As mulheres vinham todas montadas nos saltos, eles de camisas de marca, Porsche e Bentley à porta. Ainda bem que o restaurante encheu, se não quase que tínhamos que sussurrar para não incomodar os outros clientes.

    Ficou na memória o paladar da comida e principalmente da sobremesa de chocolate, café e avelã com a vista sobre o rio.
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  • Day24

    Eigentlich

    October 25, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Eigentlich wollten wir in die andere Richtung fahren, aber da waren uns zu viele Wolken. Also umgedreht und frei Schnauze der Sonne entgegen. Unterwegs tolle Aussichten und die Stadt hier gefällt uns auch. Mal sehen wie wir wieder zum Wohnmobil kommen.Read more

  • Day4

    Infinity

    August 17 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Fizemos mais de uma hora de caminho junto às margens do Douro para chegar ao Douro Valey hotel. Tenho pena que esteja a chover e que a visibilidade seja muito reduzida. Nem dá vontade de parar e apreciar a vista.

    O maior objetivo era ir para a piscina infinita e ficar a ver o pôr do sol. Ficámos apenas a ver as nuvens cinzentas na água aquecida da piscina e já muita sorte tivemos nós, pelos menos a vista estava desempedida e não está frio.

    O rio calmo e sereno, no meio da vegetação até se torna mais misterioso com este tempo.

    Depois de jantar decidimos ir ver a música ao vivo que havia no bar. Sem grande esperança, nestes tipos de hotéis, os bares costumam ser muito deprimentes, os clientes costumam recolher cedo e os que sobram não estão para grandes extravagâncias.
    Quando lá chegámos, um artista a solo cantava e tocava guitarra para duas moscas mortas que se perderam pelo caminho.

    Afinal começou a chegar mais gente, o artista super versátil, conseguia imitar na mesma música, Pedro Abrunhosa, Rui Reininho, João Pedro Pais e Toy. Cantou desde Seu Jorge ao Bob Dylan e conseguiu pôr quase toda gente a cantar.
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  • Day27

    Wallfahrt und Steinmandli

    October 3, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Es gibt immer öfters Brunnen mit frischem Trinkwasser. Der Wallfahrtsort Lapa ist der zweitwichtigste nach Fatima. Ein Krokodil bewacht die Mariengrotte. Kleine Mittagsrast in einem Dörfchen. Überall wird Harz gewonnen in den ausgedehnten Pinienwäldern.Read more

  • Day28

    Cão / Hund

    October 4, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Hunde: meist angekettet oder/und hinter Gittern und dann immer „böse“. Frei sind sie meist lieb, zweimal aber auch die Nase in den Kniekehlen gespürt. Ruhig weiterlaufen und nicht in die Augen schauen..
    Heute ein ehemaliges Zisterzienserkloster mit bisweilen auch etwas schrägen Bildern.
    Heute wars wirklich streng mit VIEL up und down bei 32 km. Hätte ich am Anfang nie geschafft. Da diese Wochenende Wahlen und Nationalfeiertag ist, wars nicht einfach eine Unterkunft zu kriegen.
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  • Day3

    Lamego, Portugal

    March 27, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Die 600 Stufen hoch zu der Kirche Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios fühlen sich an wie eine kleine Pilgerreise. Doch der Ausblick ist uns die Mühe wert.
    Nachdem wir im Douro-Tal leider kein Ausflugsboot ergattern konnten, sind wir zu einem wunderbaren Aussichtspunkt gefahren und konnten den Blick auf das bezaubernde Douro-Tal genießen.Read more

  • 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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