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    • Day 2

      Walking by the Atlantic Ocean

      June 27, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

      We walked by the sea all day today, on boardwalk and stone. We met pilgrims, many of whom are staying in the Albergue Municipal LaBruge with us. Many Portuguese people wished us “Bom Caminho.” It was windy, but the temperature was perfect. By the end, we were using our poles to give our knees and backs a rest. The sea, rocks, and beaches were gorgeous!Read more

    • Day 2

      Day 1 - Cabo de Mundo

      March 17 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Had a bit of a lay in...departed at 9ish. A walk through Porto, just as it was waking up, to the start point at the Cathedral. Fortunately for Pilar, the Portuguese built it on top of a hill. Secured our Credential's (Pilgrim Passports) and then set off on our Camino. 1st stop was for breakfast in a cafe dangerously close to the Tram line, but the pastries were worth dying for. Pilar was preoccupied the whole walk along the river, watching what seemed to be the entire young male bronzed, fit population of Porto doing fitness, by running along the boardwalk with their tops off. Where the river met the sea, we turned right and then continued along the most stunning coastline, stopping a few times for refreshment at the copious bar's along route. We decided to call it a day at about 4 pm and then went for a meal in a beautiful restaurant built onto the coastline and watched the sun go down. It was not a bad first day!Read more

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      Rainy, Windy, Beautiful Porto

      October 17, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 68 °F

      We flew into Areoporto Francisco Sá Carneiro and took the train to Trinidade and then to San Bento which is near the Cathedral of St. Michael which was a magnificent old church with carvings, tile work and gilding galore- it was breathtaking! After obtaining our Credencial for the pilgrimage, we were free to marvel more at the intricacies and the achitecture of the church and actually climbed the stairs (many!) up to the tower which afforded a bird’s eye view of the city and the River Douro. We walked across the King Luis I bridge and happened into a port tasting room that was pouring 10 year old bottles and the port was smooth and delicious. We checked into our hotel, The Poet’s Inn and then hiked along the river to where it joins the ocean, shopped and bought some groceries…all this while walking in pouring sheets of rain and high blustery winds! Our Altus ponchos kept us dry and even though the day was dreary and wet we powered through and got to enjoy beautiful Porto.Read more

    • Day 5

      Lunch at Aldea Nova Perafita

      June 23, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

      Taking a lunch break now at a beach restaurant. Bacon, egg and cheese sandwich and berry iced tea. Feet are a bit more tired, but definitely doing better than I anticipated! We have determined to walk to the next alburgue in Labruge!Read more

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      Arrival in Portugal

      March 30 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

      We made it to Porto, Portugal at 12:15pm!! We found our tour guide, Antonio, who led us and the other half our our group to our tour bus. Our driver, Francisco, drove us in our luxury big bus to our hotel. We were able to quickly drop off our bags, wash our faces, meet downstairs to walk around the city. We went to a really neat food market. Vendors had booths of Portugal foods and wine. We all chose our food and had a beer or wine. Walked around the town, for the afternoon. Came back freshened up and had dinner at an old curch/monk house. Delicious food. Angus steak, potatoes kale and the best chocolate cake ever. Came back to hotel for a night cap. What a great group of people. Lots of fun. In bed by 10. Up at 6am for breakfast and looking forward to another fun day today. Happy Easter everyone!
      Sara - Happy Birthday to my sweetest daughter 💗-
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    • Day 74

      Zeit für Qualitytime 👨‍👩‍👧✈️🇪🇸🌊

      October 18, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Es ist soweit: Das Kapitel Solo-Travelling ist beendet. Zumindest vorerst. Jetzt heißt es nämlich erstmal quality time genießen. Und es ist verrückt, während Frida in Porto auf unsere nächsten gemeinsamen Abenteuer wartet, fühlt es sich an nach Hause zu fliegen und das, obwohl ich meine Eltern auf Mallorca und nicht in Deutschland besuchen gehe. Beweist doch wieder einmal, dass Zuhause nicht nur ein Ort sondern auch Personen sind. 🧡Read more

    • Day 1

      Porto (OPO)

      May 13, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Angekommen in Frankfurt 😅 die Durchsage der Flugbegleiterin sorgte für ein großes Lachen 🤣
      Jetzt gehts mit der Metro Richtung Altstadt und auf Suche nach einem Plätzchen in einer Herberge 🙏🏻

    • Day 24

      Homeward Bound, leaving on a high note

      June 23, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

      3 am airports never vary.... People sleeping in contorted strange positions, sorting and repacking bits, tired looking returnees , much more alert departing vacationers. I'm waiting for our gate to be announced for our 5 am flight, and pondering my budgetary choices 😅. Actually we saved a lot on this flight, it was worth it.

      Our last day in Portugal was an absolute delight, I think we saw the best of the best. We got the first morning rabelo boat tour, about 8 of us on a peacefully gliding Duoro River trip. Rabelos are the boats used in the past to transport casks of port down to Porto, now they are used for tourism. These pretty, small wooden boats are a much more authentic experience than a crowded cruise boat day trip. Although the real river cruise boat we saw looked very tempting!

      Then the plan is to head for Sabrosa, the town 16km away that I've just read it's the birthplace of Ferdinand Magellan. As I explain it to Brad, if Magellan could attempt to circumnavigate the globe in the 1520s, then surely we could drive that short distance to visit! The only difficulty is that there is a price to be paid for breathtaking views, and that price is often a white knuckle drive. Incredibly gorgeous scenery does distract a bit from hair raising switchback elevation gains though, and we're soon enough in Sabrosa.

      A last picnic lunch in a park under trees, and a short walk through the old town leads us to Magellans birth home. We pay our quick respects there. I can't imagine the vision and drive of a person born in 1480, to believe the impossible could be done, and set out to do it. It's really sad he didn't quite make it, dying en route.

      We visit the nearby Sabrosa wine cooperative, where we have an excellent personal tour with a young local. For 4 euro each, this includes tastings. And it's a wonderful layout, the cooperative has kept much of the old equipment to display. An old copper still, which is no longer permitted to be used, manual filling and corking machines, we can see the effort required in the old days compared to the gleaming efficiency of the new. A bit less poetic, of course.

      And far less dangerous, as we are shown enormous vats where the grapes have their initial press. Once the liquid is siphoned out for the next step, even to this day, someone physically must crawl through a tiny door and scrape the mast out!

      A fascinating visit, not at all what we expected. So, down a routine highway, into a routine hotel, and here we are entering that vast complex system of transport. To be thrown out the other end many hours from now, jet lagged, achy, desperate for fresh air....and happy to be back on home ground!
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    • Day 2

      Obelisk des Gedenkstrandes

      May 14, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Auf dem ersten Foto sieht man die gigantische Petrogal- Ölraffinerie. Direkt vor der verläuft der Weg durch eine kleine Dünenlandschaft, in der sinnigerweise eine Tafel über die Biodiversidade, die Artenvielfalt dieses Ökosystems informiert. Realität!
      Der Obelisco da Praia da Memória erinnert an die Anlandung des 7500 Mann starken Heers von Pedro I. , Kaiser von Brasilien am 8. Juli 1832.
      Soviel zu ein wenig geschichtlichem… der Weg war anstrengend, bei 30 Grad ohne Schatten 🥵
      Ab 13 Uhr hab ich jede Stunde einen Trinkstopp eingelegt.
      Beim letzten Stopp hab ich dann Frank kennengelernt der seit 2012 jedes Jahr den Caminho Português läuft und der mir seine Lebensgeschichte erzählt hat und so waren die letzten Meter auch noch anstrengend, doch sie vergingen wie im Fluge 😂
      Was ein Glück 🍀
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    • Day 4

      Arrival in Porto

      April 25, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Taxi was on time and picked us up at 7 to take us to the airport. Check in smooth. Half hour delay after boarding due to fog too dense to take off, but smooth flight of about 2 hrs to Porto.

      The Metro from the airport took us to the centre of town (get off at Trinidad station) and we walked up and down, down and up cobbled lanes to get to our apartment as we had arranged a 1-2pm arrival, but nobody was there. Found a gelateria and had sit down while we continued to try to reach the owner. He advised he forgot to the send the codes to get in....was never planning to be on site as we had understood. Finally got codes and got in about 3:30. Accommodation adequate, good bed, clean. Other tourists going in and out the buildings, definitely an area of redevelopment with buildings empty and derelict looking next to others that are being lived in and renovated. Everywhere it is like this, an old, old city, very narrow streets, tuk tuks taking tourists about, some renovated buildings, most not although outside appearances can be deceiving.

      Porto is very photogenic.
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