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    • Day68

      Porto w/Silvio & Selina

      May 24, 2022 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!

      5/27/22Reply
       
    • Day61

      Porto 4 - wine

      April 2, 2022 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 🍷

      4/5/22Reply
       
    • Day56

      Porto

      May 16, 2022 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.

      5/16/22Reply
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    • Day47

      Küstenstrände, Cascais und Porto

      May 11, 2022 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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    • Day11

      Douro River Cruise

      April 16, 2022 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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    • Day31

      Altstadt Porto

      May 2, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Nach einem ausgiebigen und steilen Spaziergang konnten wir heute mal diese wunderschöne Stadt etwas erkunden. Später steht noch eine Portweinverkostung an.... Weiterfahrt somit wahrscheinlich heute nicht mehr möglich.Read more

    • Day9

      Porto a noite

      September 19, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Nachtschwärmer unterwegs...Porto ist eine Küstenstadt im Nordwesten Portugals, die bekannt ist für ihre prächtigen Brücken und den hier hergestellten Portwein. Im mittelalterlichen Viertel Ribeira (Flussufer) liegen schmale, kopfsteingepflasterte Straßen mit Geschäften und Cafés. Unser Zwischenziel ist erreicht.Read more

    • Day9

      9. Tag: Ledesma🇪🇸 - Porto 🇵🇹

      September 19, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

      Im Morgengrauen ging es bereits Richtung Porto und wir wurden mit einem wunderschön Sonnenaufgang belohnt. Über die Grenze nach Portugal und weiter zum Douro Tal. Kurz vor Pinhao ging es über eine wunderschöne - aber sehr abenteuerliche - Single Road durch die Weinberge. Glücklicherweise kam uns kein Trecker entgegen, obwohl die Weinlese im vollen Gang. Sehr steile Anstiege und Kurven. Immer weiter am Duoro entlang und dann waren wir in Porto! Halbzeit unserer Reise, kaum zu glauben, wir haben es bis an das westliche Ende von Europa geschafft! Es erwartete uns ein herzlicher Empfang der beiden Städte Porto und Gaia und die Brücken Dom Luis I und Ponte Maria Pia sind einfach wunderschön. So wie die ganze Stadt Porto! Morgen fahren wir dann Richtung Osten und treten unsere Rückreise an.Read more

    • Day55

      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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      Traveler

      Don’t forget to see the train station in Porto, maybe go to a Port tasting.

      5/15/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      On the list 😃

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    • Day24

      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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      Traveler

      Beautiful!! You look like you're feeling better!

      5/27/22Reply
      Traveler

      Honestly, if it hadn't been Covid and the need to isolate I would have been back to walking much earlier. I only had about two days when I wasn't feeling up to it.

      5/28/22Reply
      Traveler

      How far are you going to follow the Coastal? I would think the salt air should help with your recovery and the more the better. Do you plan to detour to Casa Fernanda's.

      5/28/22Reply
      Traveler

      I'm going to cut over to the Central route at Vila do Conde, but I'm taking it very easy and taking two days to walk to Vila do Conde. I'm not planning to stay at Fernanda's because I'm staying out of shared rooms.

      5/28/22Reply
      Traveler

      Glad to see you up and about again

      5/28/22Reply
       

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