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  • Day11

    Nöbels in Porto

    July 25 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Ein Ausflug nach Porto, mit Bus und Bahn und kreuz und quer. Erstmal durch den wunderschönen Bahnhof Sao Bento. Dann etwas Essen und natürlich auch shoppen. Einmal zu Fuß über die super tolle Brücke , mit der Gondel runter einen Portwein probieren.Leider muss man das alles wieder hoch kraxeln. Auf dem Weg nach oben zur Bahn sind wir förmlich in einen "historischen Friseur Laden " gefallen , Robin und Holger hatten es auch wirklich nötig. Als Manuel, der Friseur , mitbekam, dass Rabea spanisch spricht, bekamen wir alle einen kleinen Sprachkurs verpasst und jeder musste ein Foto mit ihm machen. Leider haben wir uns auf dem Rückweg ordentlich verfahren, so dass wir erst um 23:30 auf dem Campingplatz waren. Das war wirklich ein schöner TagRead more

  • Day24

    Port Wine Tasting in Porto

    May 25, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    We walked along the river, then crossed the double-deck bridge and strolled by the Port Wine cellars and shops in Gaia. We looked inside a couple of them, and then had our own port tasting at a coffee shop. They were all good!

  • Day24

    Hills in Porto

    May 25, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    We crossed the bridge again and climbed up 210 steps and then some hilly streets to get back to the center of town, where we saw the big cathedral and a view of Gaia from on high. Porto is a beautiful city, and we would have liked it better if more of the buildings were taken care of, and if it hadn’t been raining. But the country needs the rain. Last summer they had lots of forest fires.Read more

  • Day24

    Exploring Porto

    May 25, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    Porto is a city on the Douro river with an opening into the Atlantic. At one time, it was the capital of the Portugal. It rained, but we took the bus into the historic center of town. There we found a beautiful theater, and another church being restored. The train station is gorgeous with the Portuguese painted tiles depicting historical scenes.Read more

  • Day278

    Porto, Portugal

    February 15, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Through an airline deal, Andreas and I had the opportunity to stop in Portugal for four days at no extra charge. We jumped on the deal... one of the benefits of not having a rigid schedule. We picked the colorful port town of Porto. Once at the airport, we had another great surprise; I heard they overbooked the flight on the loud speaker and were offering money to take a later flight. Because I am currently moving slower, I told Andreas to run!! We got in first and were given a total of $1,400 NZD ($1,035USD) to watch the Olympics in the airport for four hours. Score!

    Unfortunately it was raining most of our stay in Porto, however we still enjoyed wandering the gorgeous city. We rode a trolley along the coast one day and watched stormy waves bash into a lighthouse. We were very impressed with Portuguese food; slow cooked pork, soft cheeses, grilled fish, bottomless liters of wine. Andreas took me out to a nice tapas dinner for Valentine’s Day. Portugal is definitely on our list of places to return to.
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  • Day18

    Gaia bei Porto

    November 12, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Fabi hat im Internet einen wunderbaren Stellplatz, unterhalb einer Villenruine, recherchiert. Direkt am Fluss Douro. Der Platz liegt unweit der schönen Altstadt Porto. Mit dem Fahrrad 10 min am Fluss entlang. Schon ist man mitten in der historischen Altstadt.

    Gaia, das Örtchen auf unserer Uferseite, ist nicht weniger sehenswert. Hier haben sich die berühmten Portweinwinzer angesiedelt. Die alten Fassaden und kleinen Häuschen sind sehr gut erhalten und verbreiten einen gemütlichen Charme.

    Alles fügt sich in dieser altertümlichen Kulisse. Auch die riesige Stahlkonstruktion, die die beiden Stadtteile miteinander verbindet.
    Im Wasser liegen die alten Boote mit den Portweinfässern bereit und laden zu einer Rundfahrt auf dem Fluss Douro ein.

    Wir schnappen uns die Fahrräder und fahren Richtung Porto.
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  • Day2

    Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

    March 20 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Gut gestärkt fuhren wir dann Richtung Innenstadt von Porto. Unser erster Halt war dann ein kleiner Park. Dort parkten wir dann im anliegenden Parkhaus und machten uns auf den Weg.
    Der Park war klein, aber schön. Man hatte dort schon an einigen Stellen einen sehr guten Ausblick, grade auf den Douro.
    Im Park selbst liefen zudem noch Pfaue, Hühner, Möwen und Tauben rum. Komische Kombi, aber nun ja.
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  • Day5


    July 1, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Will it fit? We've checked out of our apartment in Lisbon and working out how we get our bounty all the way to the Avis centre... 2 x Ubers is the only answer. The saudade at leaving this amazing city gives way to panic as we try to squeeze this groning bounty into the apparent "full-size sedan" that is a Talisman.
    We're off! Manual, wrong side of the road, Portuguese signage, thank St Anthony it's a quiet Sunday morning and we own the city! A few wrong turns, including apparently stealing a bus lane in front of a busload of police and I've safely acclimatised, We're off on the freeway where speed laws are as important as the drug ones, at 140 I'm 20 over the speed limit, but getting buzzed by everyone else treating it like an autobahn. A breakfast stop and a very testing hour of Gab's playlists later we're in Porto!
    The least planned adventure ever means we have no plan for Porto either. A few weeks ago some fellow reddit'er was after Sydney tourism tips, turns out he was from Porto and was set to be in Sydney just as we were arriving in his hometown. I gave him a bunch of things to check out and he reciprocated.
    A bunch of authorities from yours truly to Travel + Leisure call Livraria Lello the most beautiful bookshop in the world, JK Rowling credits its staircase and wonderous shelves as her inspiration for the Hogwarts library. The facade is already amazing, but enter and start ascending the stairs and your mouth too will drop. Skyward is a wonderous stained glass rendition of the founding Lello brothers moto "Decus in Labore" but the shelves are amazing. Each section boasts rough busts of the Authors of the section. Fair to say we were lost in here for some time. With everything from Ulysses to Wreck this Journal this place had us all sorted - they even had Manga for Fid while Gab was hunting anything on Seurat.
    Next up u/mamaguebos (no joke, do the translation yourself to see the kind of guy I'm taking direction from) says we should head to BASE, and he wasn't wrong. A magical setting somehow perched in an ancient olive grove in the middle of the city, the cool beats and way too strong Vodka dose for a very occasional drinker sees Gab a tad tipsier than she would normally allow in pleasant company.
    We stroll the avenue where, in a city mostly shut down for Sunday afternoon trade, Gab & Bux treat every open storefront as the oasis of retail relief they no doubt are. Thankfully the Spain v Russia Game is on and u/mamaguebos says Avenida dos Aliados is the place to be when an important game is on. Spoilt from yesterday in Lisbon the Ave isn't quite as impressive, but with two viewing stations, each with massive screens and Super Bock flowing this is the place to be. Unfortunately, the others in our party have read that the Maccas over on the side is the most "Beautiful McDonalds" in the world. Mind you Lisbon claimed the sexiest WC on the planet and that was a tad underwhelming. The Maccas did nothing to improve my assessment that perhaps the Portuguese are more given to hyperbole than other cultures.
    Next u/mamaguebos says we should check out Conga. There are two dishes this city is famous for, both seem enjoyed best at the conclusion of a hops-heavy evening. First is Francesinha, seems a Croque-monsieur in a tomato sauce (why?) the home of which is too far away. The second is Bifana, and Conga is it's home. A sweet fresh bun filled with sliced Pork in a wet spicy gravy actually tastes a lot better than it looks, and since I've never had it described to me before eating, I'm sure a truckload better than it sounds. A Caneca or two of Super Bock and we've enjoyed it enough.
    To take stock, so far u/mamaguebos has recommended cultural icons of the city whilst my family has b-lined for the maccas. As soon as I step out of Conga I'm assaulted by the pitch that we should visit the Portuguese version of Westfields so Bux can visit a London version of Myer that has opened a few stores here - if nothing else it has motivated Gab to get her head around Uber - she's booked a car and has us en route to Primark.
    Frankly it's too boring to document, we've been to Westfields for the afternoon. At least Fid and I got to sit in an Italian restaurant watching Croatia and Denmark battle it out all the way down to the shootout. Who cares - those smarmy Danes that took us down a few weeks ago went down to the Croatians - Perfecto!
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