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    • Day15

      Porto

      April 8 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      Leaving Spain for now, we know that we are reaching the natural border to Portugal when the river “Miño” (Spanish) becomes “Minho” (Portuguese) halfway across the bridge. Considering the not so great weather forecasted for the next few days it is the second time in our trip that we decide to skip a national park, Peneda-Gerês this time, and we head straight to the city Porto. In the city of Portugal’s most famous exports – Port wine – we can be sure that the forecasted rain won’t kill the mood so much.

      Our camping site is somewhat outside of the city and is located directly next to a beach. The big waves give a beautiful sight from the entrance, however we soon come to realise that the view is perhaps one of the few good things this camping has to offer. Our main goal being traveling around we don’t mind the lesser scenic campgrounds (or even a camper parking if well secured for the night), but this one gets no more than two stars by our ranking – and we’re being generous. The campsites are very small so we are side to side to our Dutch and English neighbours, the facilities are old and dirty, the toilets don’t have seats, there’s no hot water for doing dishes and just when we think a hot shower can make up for it all… the shower only seems to work at 40+ degrees Celsius and is practically too hot to stand under. But, in the end, we got what we came for: a place to sleep.

      On the day of our arrival we take transport the “Singaporean way” we came to enjoy so much in the tropics: we book a “Free Now” (something like Uber / Grab / Gojek) to save ourselves travel time to the city center. The driver of the Mercedes Benz C Class it obviously very well acquainted with the streets to and of Porto – while I squeeze my own hands and hope for the best, he races through the narrow streets and turns right or left without tiring his brakes. We do arrive safe and sound in the end, getting some tips for sightseeing and food from the guy before we (somewhat happily) get out. In Porto we quickly learn it’s useful to plan your route well to avoid walking up and down the long steep slopes of the city, we admire the cathedrals that are just as pretty as they are plenty, we are loving the colourful tiled facades of the houses, we are amazed about some of these houses still hosting residents as they look like they can fall apart at any moment, and we enjoy the sunshine popping through just when we need it for the day. I can see why Porto is such a loved city as it breathes strong “Burgundian” vibes and it looks absolutely beautiful. One of the highlights of today is the Sé de Porto (Cathedral of Porto) with its blue tiled decorations (and perhaps a little because we witness the spectacle of the police arresting a guy while searching his car just in front of us – although it doesn’t become clear what he’s arrested for). Another highlight is what we think is the bridge designed by Eiffel. While it indeed has strong resemblance to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, we are a little ashamed to admit that it was actually a bridge designed by a student of Eiffel and that it also strongly resemblances a bridge one kilometre to the east that was actually by Mr. Eiffel himself. I guess we’ll have to come back one day to make up for this little mistake. A mistake, by the way, we made BEFORE visiting one of the Port houses for a tour in the cellars and port tasting with live fado music (see video for an impression). We end the day again the “Singaporean way”: we heard of a very little and very good restaurant with local specialities in town and when we find it we have to join a queue of locals on the street waiting to enjoy the food. The Dutch in us tells us that the restaurant across the street – no queue – looks nice and warm, too, but the Singaporean in us provides us with the wisdom to wait and brave the cold of the night. About 45 minutes later we step inside and immerse ourselves in local delicacies (some kind of kale soup with chorizo, various tapas and the famous Francesinha: a Porto style sandwich that you should probably eat only once a year if you don’t want your heart to give up (Or maybe two days in a row, if you’re only two days in Porto anyways… We may or may not have risked the heart attack, either way we’re here to tell how the adventure went on!).

      The next day we are less fortunate with the weather: we wake up to rain and it does not stop until the end of day. As we still have a lot of sightseeing to do, we do get around while taking shelter in more Cathedrals (I think every corner of Porto has one), local cafes serving fresh Pastel de Nata (Egg Tart), a beautiful bookshop that inspired J.K. Rowling for her Harry Potter books (we didn’t know it was such a tourist attraction, luckily we bought tickets online to avoid a 30 meter long queue in the rain!), and other city highlights until even our waterproof shoes and bags decide it’s just too much rain for a day and we head home for our semi-warm bed and some well-deserved sleep.
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      Pastel de nata 😭 zoooo lekker, nu ben ik nog afgunstiger 🤗 Ondanks de regen toch een leuke paar dagen in Porto. Mooi al die foto’s van tegeltjes. En groot gelijk hoor om met de locals in de rij te gaan staan voor het lekkerste eten. Welke Port vind je het lekkerst, ruby of tawny? Ik vergeet altijd welke wat is 😅 En trouwens nog ff hoor maar op een camping wc-bril ga je toch sowieso niet zitten? 😰 met de omschrijving die je gaf vind ik twee sterren nog aan de royale kant, haha. Groetjes!!! [Eva]

      4/12/22Reply
      Traveler

      Hahaha ik wist dat je dit ging zeggen! Ik zal vandaag nog even extra proeven welke ik nou lekkerder vind haha, bij de vorige proeverij kregen we wit en een Ruby.

      4/13/22Reply
      Traveler

      long queue = best food 🤭

      4/12/22Reply
      Traveler

      You taught me well 🤣

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    • Day97

      FERREIRA PORTWEINVERKOSTUNG

      February 28 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Morgens fahre ich auf interessanten Wegen, die mir Google vorschlägt, zur Weinverkostung in die Gegend world of wine .
      Ich gehe zu Ferreira und bekomme in Englisch eine Führung mit Verkostung von fünf Portweinen .
      Junge Weine 3-4 Jahre alt und ein 16 Jahre alter Wein und ein 20 Jahre alter Wein .
      Dazu gibt's etwas Käse und Knäckebrot. Es war sehr interessant und die Weine haben hervorragend gemundet .
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    • Day97

      PORTO MIT DER SEILBAHN

      February 28 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Nach der Portweinverkostung gehe ich mich im Auto ein wenig ausruhen, und wandere dann wieder hinunter zum Hafen. Die Seilbahn erweckt mein großes Interesse und ich buche eine Fahrt auf den Berg Gaia und wieder zurück und zahle 9.-
      Die Lebendigkeit der Stadt fasziniert mich und nach dem Ausflug gehe ich in der Markthalle ein paar Tapas essen und gönne mir mein tägliches Bier .
      Danach gehe ich zum Auto und fahre wieder auf den ruhigen Parkplatz auf der anderen Seite des Hafens.
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    • Day68

      Porto w/Silvio & Selina

      May 24 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Porto ist unsere neue Lieblingsstadt 🤍
      Parkplatz direkt an historischer Brücke mit freundlicher Einparkhilfe!
      Gigantisches wine tasting absolviert🍷 Fass ist jetzt leer 👍🏼
      Lukas gibt alles um Kanone zu reiten, doch das Militär findet das gar nicht lustig 😅Read more

      Traveler

      eure Bilder haben uns so gut bei, dass wir Porto gleich mal auf unsere Urlaubs-bucket-Liste gesetzt haben!

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    • Day61

      Porto 4 - wine

      April 2 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

      Gehört natürlich dazu, zumal wir den Portwein-Hotspot Villa Nova de Gaia vom Camping aus bequem per Rad erreichen konnten. Doch ein Abend genügte uns vollauf: nicht weil wir zuviel getrunken hätten, sondern weil uns dieser Ort als reine Kulisse, als Tourismus-Magnet und als ziemlich künstliches Marketing-Produkt "einfuhr".Read more

      LeuchtturmTravel

      Das ist unser Lieblings Portwein 🍷

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    • Day56

      Porto

      May 16 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

      Miles: 8.10 Steps: 19411
      Flights stairs: 34

      We really enjoyed our full day in Porto today, even with the bad weather. It started out rainy and cold but finished with beautiful blue skies.

      We apparently feel the need to climb every tower we find … so climbed another one here. 241 steps to the top and the bells started ringing while we were on it!!

      Portugal is known for their use of ceramic tiles on their buildings - particularly light blue designs. Very pretty. So we went to their train station which was decorated everywhere with them. You’ll also find them on the outside of so many buildings.

      There were a lot of cathedrals here, but only chose to visit a few this time - tried to find the ones that were unique, or different from what we had already seen.

      Then we headed to the water to finally cross the Dom Luis I bridge. We walked across the bottom level (for pedestrians and cars), walked on the other side of the river, took a gondola 🚠 up the hillside, and then walked across the top level (pedestrians and metro trains). Great views from up there!

      Little known fact, JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series lived in Porto when she began writing. Many of the things here in the city are credited as her inspiration for her books — and as we walked around, we could definitely see it. We felt as if we were actually in a Harry Potter novel at times. (Even more than the Harry Potter land in California!) There is a book store here where she used to do a lot of her writing, that has these amazing staircases — which again, are a thing in the books. You have to pay to get into the bookstore now because of the draw to see it (entrance goes toward price of a book if you buy one tho so..) so with Jordan being a HUGE Harry Potter fan, we couldn’t pass it up. Amazing store.
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      Traveler

      portugal has always been on my bucket list, so loving the pics...the dom louis bridge almost looks like one of the bridges on the ship canal up in seattle only bigger. Hang in there on the travels. It's hard to not feel as smart as you are, only because of a language barrier.....but only one break down so far is pretty darn incredible. Excited to see where you are heading next.

      5/16/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Thanks. Most days I do great, just gets to me once in awhile. The bridge was actually engineered and designed by the same man who built the Eiffel Tower - Gustavo Eiffel. Easy to see some similarities in the construction.

      5/16/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      I have always had Portugal on my radar for retirement - Definitely wouldn’t settle down in Porto, tho. Beautiful to visit, but don’t think I’d want to live here. Many reasons, but definitely way too hilly - especially considering I’m just getting older. We’ll see how Lisbon and the Algarve coast strikes me.

      5/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      Lisbon is one of Vanessa's favorite places and said you should into Sintra if you get a chance.

      5/16/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Have a whole day scheduled in Sintra already!! The pictures look amazing - can’t wait.

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    • Day47

      Küstenstrände, Cascais und Porto

      May 11 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Auf dem Weg nach Porto machen wir Halt an einer gigantischen Felsküste mit dem schönsten Strand überhaupt... Die Felsen blühen in verschiedenen Farben und das blau türkisene Meer im Hintergrund bildet einen schönen Kontrast. Wir klettern zu dem puderfeinen Sandstrand hinab, aber alle Mühe lohnt sich, der Strand mit dem spitzen Felsen vor uns im Wasser ist einfach was besonderes🥰.
      In Cascais könnten wir echt länger bleiben, aber wir müssen "leider" weiter, Richtung Porto. Cascais ist ein bisschen wie Lissabon, mit den gemusterten Straßen, den vielen bunten Läden und Restaurants und dem bunten Treiben auf der Straße... Nur in klein und am Meer mit schönen Stränden und einer Promenade an felsigen Küsten entlang... Die Nacht verbringen wir zwischen den beiden Städten in einem Kautschuk Wald am Strand. Eigenartiger und schöner Ort 🌳🌞🌅.
      Porto ist auch eine schöne Stadt, ähnlich wie Lissabon am Fluss gelegen versprüht sie portugiesischen Großstadt Charme... Uns zieht es nach zwei Tagen und "100 000 Schritten" mehr im Gepäck 😉 aber wieder weiter, Richtung Spanien zurück, Bilbao wartet...
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      Traveler

      ich denke b

      5/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      bei den Fotos von den schönen Stränden an der Atlantic Küste kommen Erinnerungen auf .uns hat es auf dieser Strecke noch besser gefallen als an der Algarve. am schönsten war es in der Gegend um sesimbra und arrabida

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    • Day58

      Bem Vindo a Portugal

      November 8 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      My first day of exploring made me glad I'd just walked a Camino. Porto is not a flat city. The river has carved a great canyon in the landscape and the coastal hills are ever present too. The walk from the river back to my apartment will give me a good daily workout.

      I wandered the streets and alley ways and found some good viewing spots looking over the Rio Douro. Pastry shops abound yet again, outshining even Paris in my opinion but don't tell the French.

      I was reminded that the first day in a new country one must pay particular attention to important details such as how to cross a road safely. One must determine if cars actually stop at pedestrian crossings and under what conditions, whether green means green like at home, or just that it's a slightly safer option than red. In Portugal people use the crossing regularly despite what colour the light is and cars quite happily drive across when the green walking light is on as long as they aren't too close to you. Then you have to work out if public toilets might exist and if you have to pay for them, what times shops open and close and how to catch a train or bus. That's without the whole need to speak another language today. Now I'm just speaking to the Portuguese in Spanish like I was speaking to the Spanish in Indonesian.

      And google has now decided to show me everything in Portuguese despite me resetting it to English ten times which makes googling anything somewhat painful. The joys of modern travel. Of course these days I can snuggle up in bed at night and buy a ticket to a river cruise or a bus tour for tomorrow without needing to speak another language, find a tourist office or wander around at all. And despite the fact that I'm travelling to five countries, I don't have to change currencies like we did years ago.
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      Traveler

      ahh the home of tiles and port

      People are dressed for cool weather such as the 17 C noted. [Dad]

      Reminiscent of the cathedral facade in Macau! [Ruth]

      Traveler

      You are one of those people with a memory that can remind me of my life. Macau of course.!!!

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    • Day60

      On the Rio Douro

      November 10 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

      A beautiful sunny day dawned and I decided to behave like a real tourist and tackle the hop on hop off bus and six bridges river cruise.

      Porto has two sides. It's a UNESCO World Heritage listed cityscape including the Luis I Bridge with the two levels of train and road, the Italianate monestary and the river setting itself. Porto looks beautiful from the river and the riverside runs all the way to the ocean. You could walk, ride or electric scooter for miles or take a tram. There are gardens galore and historic sites, churches, alley ways, cafes and port wine by the barrel load as well.

      Yet everywhere there are old ruined buildings. Old stone buildings crumbling, decrepit factories on the riverfront, lines of falling down homes up the cliff faces. It would make an excellent set for an apocalypse movie. You think in these times with the value of the land on which these buildings sit, that they would have been replaced with modern homes (although the cliffs and heritage issues would provide some challenges) . I'm not conversant in the current or past economic situation in Portugal except to compare with how obviously lucky we are at home. The gift of travelling yet again. There is also building work everywhere and cranes in every direction so maybe that investment has started. Porto is certainly a city of much future potential and has been historically, and is currently, a popular destination for retiring or escaping British subjects.

      The photo of the statue of the people looking out to sea is a memorial to a storm when 150 local fisherman were lost.
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      Traveler

      I just love reading your rich descriptions... next best thing to being there. Xx

       
    • Day11

      Douro River Cruise

      April 16 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Just starting our cruise with a ride through Porto to the river. We boarded the boat, and they lost my bag! From the dock to the room shouldn't be too tough. It was apparently delivered to the wrong room. Linda spotted it in the hall.
      The rooms are fine with an efficient use of space. One wall is all window.
      Beautiful weather in Porto today, with sunshine and about 70° F. We shove off in the morning. Looking forward to a relaxing week away from the rigors of retirement (all except Linda. She won't retire for a couple of months!)
      Portuguese is a very interesting language, sounding to me as much like Russian as Spanish! Nice folks and the crew knows English 👍. Looking forward to this next week.
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