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    • Day 21

      Porto!

      April 5 in Portugal ⋅ 🌬 24 °C

      Arrived in Porto after a long hot walk today. The first part of the day was thru a thick forested area that had many forked trails, with poor markings. The wise pilgrim app's gps came in real handy! Walking thru Porto to the far side where my albergue is, was long and tedious. A lot of construction going on everywhere. The city feels rather gritty, so I will be glad to be getting out into the country again tomorrow where I will be staying at an albergue in a monastery! Anyway time to eat, sleep, and get ready for tomorrow.Read more

    • Day 2

      Welcome to Porto

      April 9 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

      This morning we arrived at the Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro and a beautiful bluebird day in Porto- the sun was shining and it looked like a perfect day for exploring the city. Joy! After a short metro ride to our hotel, we dropped our backpacks and headed out into the sunshine. We were struck immediately by an imposing church nearby and made a visit to the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Lapa, the neighborhood church. Stunning! We walked towards the old town and happened upon another beautiful church (there would be many today! ) and made another visit. This one was the Igreja de Santissima Trinidade and again was so lovely- full of beautiful statues, art and a quiet reverence and elegance. There were many other pilgrims out today as well as many local residents since the weather was so lovely. Such fun to hear many different languages spoken all around us! The city of Porto is so pretty and the flowers around are beginning to bloom. We walked by colorful houses with tile façades, terra-cotta roofs and wrought iron balconies interspersed with shops and restaurants and small cafés. Every so often the cityscape would open to reveal miradouros (viewpoints) of Porto- so breathtaking! We had lunch of fresh grilled mackerel and potatoes and a little wine then strolled along the Cais de Ribeira, the riverfront promenade along the Douro River. As we walked we saw the colorful barcos rebelos (flat bottomed boats) and enjoyed people watching. After awhile we were able to visit the Church and Museum of Sâo Francisco (also known as The Gold Church) which is dripping in gold leaf and a National monument and UNESCO World Heritage site. It dates to 1383 and is so sumptuous- no pictures allowed but we were amazed by the lavish woodcarvings, the retables, side altars, chapels, sacristy and catatombs- what a treasure! We climbed the escadas do Codeçal (a monster set of 240 steep stairs) and made our way up to the Sé or Cathedral of Porto. It’s high on the hilltop and fortress like and austere but once inside the beauty of the architecture and especially the blue and white tiles really shines. Here we were able to purchase our credentials to document our travels as we walk this ancient pilgrimage- the girls purchased shells for their backpacks too. As night was approaching we made our way back down to the river, crossed the Dom Luis I bridge and enjoyed a flight of port wines followed by a sunset dinner near the river before heading back to a hot shower at the hotel. We walked over 15 miles today and tomorrow we’ll begin working towards our goal - hiking the Camino de Santiago!Read more

    • Day 3

      Day 3, because this App says so

      March 31 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      App is telling me this is day 3, guess it includes travel day. Another great day. We took the tour bus to the Porto City Center. Along the way we stopped at Fort Sao Fransico Xavier, a beautiful old port built in 1661 taken over by the absolutist in 1882 and damage by the liberists then headquarters for the Porto Navy Brigades. Then went to Porto City Center. Lots of history and cool buildings and also a lot of hills. My legs are killing me. We walked down to Duoro River which splits Porto from Gaia. There are 7 huge bridges that can take you from one side to the other. We walked across one of them to get on a river boat and saw the other 5. Then, docked the boat and went to the Ferreria winery of Port wines. Really beautiful old facility established in 1751. Of course, we had porto tasting at the end. We did more walking, suvineer shopping, eating and drinking. Some of us old folks were tired and took an Uber back to hotel, others are whooping it up. Great times today!
      Oh! Porto has the oldest book store in the country. I wanted to go in for Sara. Sadly, they were closed on Easter Sunday.
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    • Day 55

      Arrived in Porto

      May 15, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      Miles: 7.74 Steps: 18110
      Flights stairs: 28

      We flew from Madrid to Porto, Portugal this morning! I’ve always been interested in Portugal - debated moving here short term or even retiring here - so thought it would be nice to actually see it all first hand. We’ll see what I think after about ten days.

      On all travel days, we don’t schedule much to do - just wander the city, experience it, and get a feel for what we’re interested in seeing. We’ll only be in Porto for 48 hrs so not much time to mess around.

      When we landed, on exiting the plane we were greeted with 100% 60° Oregon, overcast sideways rain - first cold and rain we’ve really seen on this trip. Was quite the surprise, and according to the people we’ve talked to it’s the first rain in 30 days, will only last thru tomorrow and probably won’t rain for another month …. So … I guess we experience Porto in the rain.

      It settled down long enough for us to walk around the city and to take a boat ride on the main river thru town. The streets here are amazing — just narrow alleyways everywhere you look. And Porto is built on a hill, so there are HUNDREDS of steps wherever you go. The architecture is beautiful and they cover the buildings with these ceramic tiles — very unique.

      We decided we needed a break from “foreign food” and actually ate lunch at a Steak & Shake - it was awesome and felt like home.
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    • Day 24

      Some Camino walking

      May 27, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      The weather has heated up, and the idea of doing touristy things in Porto wasn't appealing, so a nice walk on the Camino leaving Porto was perfect. So after getting situated at the airbnb I headed back downtown.

      From the Cathedral the Litoral route goes along the Duoro River to the sea where I enjoyed nice breezes.

      I ended up walking farther than I intended - all the way to Matosinhos, about 6 miles. Now I'll have a much shorter walk tomorrow when I'm carrying my backpack.
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    • Day 1

      Rundgang durch Porto

      May 9, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Porto gerne zur ihrem frühesten Ursprung auf eine Siedlung der späten Bronzezeit zurück. Von 715 bis 997n.Chr würde Porto von den Mauern beherrscht. Porto hat eine Seilbahn, eine Zahnradbahn und einen hervorragenden Portwein. Unten am Hafen schöne lokale gutes Essen sogar günstig und ist eine Reise wert.Read more

    • Day 5

      Porto Arrival

      April 8 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 52 °F

      Today was a 4 hour train ride from Lisbon to Porto. We were so excited the whole way in anticipation of meeting up with friends, Helen and Mike from Dublin, who we met on our last Camino in the fall of 2022. They flew in to Porto just to see us ☺️. We have a sweet little Airbnb (see red door in pictures) for this stage of our journey that we will share with Miguel, another friend from Germany that we also met along The Way in 2022. Miguel was born and raised in Porto so we will have our own personal tour guide for the city. We are excited for new adventures in Porto and time spent with friends.Read more

    • Day 6

      Out and About - Porto

      April 9 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

      It was a perfect day in Porto; blue skies, good temperatures and great friends. We met up with Mike and Helen and headed straight for the Hop On-Hop Off bus to tour around the city. We then spent our afternoon at the river where we had a great lunch, rode a river cruise, listened to great street music and attended a Port wine tour/tasting. We finished our day by meeting up with Miguel, once he flew in from Germany. He directed us to a great place for dinner and more outdoor music in the streets. More Porto to come tomorrow.Read more

    • Day 7

      Porto - Day 2

      April 10 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

      Today was a lot of walking in Porto with Miguel as our personal tour guide. We first went to the cathedral to purchase our pilgrim credentials for the Camino and took a quick tour of the cathedral. Then off to walk the city, have lunch, ride the trolleys and end up at a beach cafe drinking coffee and eating carmel gelato. After a long day out, we had Helen and Mike over to our apartment, that we are sharing with Miguel, for a home made dinner by Tom. Porto is the birthplace of Vinho Verde wine (which happens to be my favorite white wine) so it was fun to share a couple bottles with good friends. It was a great day in Porto.Read more

    • Day 8

      Prep Day for Camino

      April 11 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 75 °F

      Today was mostly a day of Camino prep as we spent the morning at the local laundromat washing all our clothes and getting our suitcase packed in order to get it shipped to Santiago to be received once we complete our walk.

      We still had plenty of time to do some exploring and found the amazing open market where we had lunch and talked forever to a fun couple from Canada who wanted to know all about the Camino. Otherwise it was a lazy afternoon of reading, hanging out with Miguel, after he returned from visiting his family, and then the cherry on the top of the day was finding Taco Bell for a quick dinner! Who knew?!
      Portugal never fails to surprise us 😂

      Tomorrow morning comes early as our Camino journey begins.
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