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Santo Ildefonso

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  • Day11

    Porto, Portugal

    June 2 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    With only one night and barely half a day in Porto, we had set ourselves quite a challenge to experience what Porto is all about....and yet I think we did. Walking the winding cobbled streets past vendors and cafés, and beautiful and colourful buildings, a waterfront that was vibrant and loud, with buskers performing, and tourists dining in the many cafés and restaurants that line the Cais da Ribeira. We crossed the River Duoro via the impressive Dom Luis I Bridge, a double-deck metal arch bridge that spans the river between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia.
    We also fitted in a wine tasting and a delicious Portuguese meal which turned out surprisingly well considering our Portuguese language skills were non-existent! We did fall into the trap of eating everything they put on the table such as bread, cheese and olives.....thinking they were complimentary - they are not lol! Stinky creamy cheese was €8!!! Unbelievably, we ran into an old work colleague in one of the many streets of Porto! Greg and John D you may remember Helen Lucas? She was just coming out of a shop as we walked past! Such a chance meeting!
    Our accommodation was in a magnificent home, or mansion I should say, owned by a very rich family. Its construction dates back to the 19th Century and has been restored and adapted as a hotel. The grounds and views were outstanding. Good location, about a 20 minute walk into the centre of Porto. Tried a pastel de nata (or two), also known as Portuguese custard tart, which is a Portuguese egg tart pastry dusted with cinnamon. Very tasty!
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  • Day229

    Caminho Portuguese 6 - Geschafft!

    September 13 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Ich habe es geschafft und bin heute Nachmittag an der Kathedrale in Porto angekommen. 😃🎉🎉
    Als ich in Santiago losgelaufen bin, hatte ich die Ankunft in Porto eigentlich für Sonntag, den 15.9 geplant aber nun bin ich doch schon zwei Tage eher am Ziel. 💪
    Nach insgesamt rund 1110 Kilometern endet damit meine Pilger-Wanderung und in den nächsten 48 Stunden werde ich versuchen, mich so wenig wie möglich zu bewegen, bevor ich Porto erkunde. 😉
    Der Weg war heute nochmal sehr schön aber zum Ende hin auch anstrengend durch die Sonne und die hochsommerlichen Temperaturen.
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  • Day233

    Porto

    September 17 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Nachdem ich Samstag und Sonntag wirklich nichts getan habe außer zu faulenzen, habe ich mir gestern und heute die Stadt angeschaut.
    Ich war überrascht, wie hügelig Porto ist. Ständig geht es bergauf und bergab. Ich kann schon verstehen, warum viele Besucher die Tour-Busse nutzen oder sich im Tuk Tuk herum fahren lassen 😉, obwohl die Stadt mit der überschaubaren Größe gut zu Fuß zu erkunden ist.
    Es gibt unheimlich viele Kirchen in der Stadt - gefühlt an jeder Ecke. 😅
    Sehr cool finde ich die vielen Kork-Produkte, die es hier zu kaufen gibt. (Mir war gar nicht bewusst, dass Portugal weltweit führend ist in der Kork-Produktion.)
    Morgen geht es für mich weiter nach Lissabon. 😊
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  • Day4

    Ein Tag am Strand

    December 5, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Sonne ... Strand ... Porto!
    Gestern gab es schon einen kleinen Vorgeschmack aufs Meer als uns der "Hop-on Hop-off"-Bus nach dem Museumsbesuch der Fundacao Serralves am Strand entlang fuhr. Nur leider zogen nach einem sonnigen Start dicke Nebelschwaden auf, so dass wir den ausgiebigen Strandbesuch auf heute verschoben. Also stiegen wir direkt am Strand aus, besichtigten den Stadtpark und liefen anschließend am Strand bzw. der Promenade wieder zurück.
    Mal schauen, wo wir heute Abend einkehren werden. Gestern gönnten wir uns Dinner in der wunderschönen Majestic Bar und kamen zum Abschluss noch an einem mit passender Lichtbegleitung Weihnachtslieder schmetterndem Haus vorbei. Na wenn man da nicht in Weihnachtsstimmung kommt!
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  • Day6

    Jede Menge Kunst!

    December 7, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    In Porto gibt es viel zu entdecken! Sei es auf der Straße, in den Museen, Parks oder an den Hausfassaden.
    Gestern haben wir uns wieder viel draußen aufgehalten, denn das Wetter war phantastisch und so streiften wir durch die Gärten und schipperten mit dem Boot über den Douro. Den Abend ließen wir bei dem ein oder anderen Gläschen Portwein ausklingen.
    Heute wars hingegen etwas regnerisch, so dass wir uns hauptsächlich drinnen bewegten und so manches und Kunstwerk in diversen Museen, öffentlichen Gebäuden oder auch an den Häuserfassaden bewunderten.
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  • Apr7

    Downtown Porto

    April 7 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Super rainy day so we decided to try a hop on hop off bus for the first time ever. Well the idea is great but in pratice it means a full bus with people standing so you can't see anything, condensation on the windows so again you can't see anything. We had a good laugh and made the decision not to do this ever again. Then we tried to find inside places such as train station (with blue and white tiles) and the Portugese Photographic Center (set in an old prison). For lunch we had a traditional Porto dish called Francesinha made with bread, cured ham, fresh sausage, steak or roast meat, and covered with lots of melted cheese and a hot thick tomato and beer sauce, served with chips (weird and filling!) Portugal seems to be the land of awesome sandwiches.Read more

  • Day36

    Livraria Lello

    October 9 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    This place is amazing - it has to be seen to be believed, and I totally get how this place helped inspire JK Rowling with the development of Harry Potter. The staff are really helpful, it is very crowded, and everyone is trying to get that Instagram shot, but it is worth the crowds. They have a great selection of books, and there is a really cool exhibition there at the moment which is 400 small plaster head busts of local Porto ident on display among the books. I purchased a book by Camilo Castelo Branco called ”Love of Perdition”, a famous Portuguese Romeo and Juliet story. It was written by Camilo after he and his lover were imprisoned in the Old Prison for “copulating with a married women” - the women was Ana Plácido, who he ended up marrying once her wealthy and much older husband passed away.Read more

  • Day36

    Afternoon seeing the sites of Porto

    October 9 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    After the wonderful morning with Rui in the VW, we decided to revisit some of the monuments and points of interest he had pointed out to us. We first went to the Igreja das Carmelitas and Carmo Church that were separated by a skinny (one metre wide) house built in between, so that there could be no contact between the nuns in the Carmelitas church and the monks in the Carmo church. The house is called the Casa Escondido (hidden house), and is the skinniest house in Porto if not Portugal.

    We also wandered through the Praça da Cordoaria which is a park filled with trees that have misshapen and bulbous trunks, due to some type of disease, but were left to grow. They look quite interesting and magical - Rui had referred to it as the Harry Potter forest.

    We then walked over to the old prison, which is now the photography museum. There is a statue out the front of two lovers embracing - they are Camilo Castelo Branco and his lover, Ana Plácido, a married women who would later become his wife. Camilo was imprisoned for copulating with a married woman. While incarcerated he wrote the novel “Love of Perdition” in 2 weeks, which became a Portuguese “Romeo and Juliet”, and is still read in school to this day. I bought a copy from the Livraria Lello bookshop, and can’t wait to read it.
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  • Day36

    Torre dos Clérigos

    October 9 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We decided we were up to the 225 stair climb to the top of this monument, as we would get 360 degrees views of Porto. However, unlike the organised process used to control the tower climb in Coimbra, this was basically a free for all once you got through the last barrier. The spiral staircase was narrow, and half way up narrowed further. When we got to the top and made it outside onto the viewing area most people were polite and waited and went in one direction, but as always there was one or two who didn’t, which caused congestion and drama for everyone.

    Once we had viewed Porto from all directions, we started our descent. We got about half way down when there was a number of people coming up. We decided to stop and let them all pass, but this incredibly rude Russian couple and their kid just pushed their way through. I made it blatantly clear to them that this was not good - told them they were rude and selfish, and I am sure they understood because they wouldn’t look me in the eye. After we let everyone pass and started heading down again, the Russian guy had stopped to do up his shoelace, and so we passed him and then also his wife and kid, who ended up behind us the rest of the way down, unbelievable! I have decided that, in relation to tourists, the Russians and the mainland Chinese are the most rude, aggressive and pushy. I know this is a generalisation, but it has been my experience over a number of years. We still enjoyed the experience, it is just annoying that people are so selfish.
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  • Day36

    São Bento Train Station

    October 9 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We next went to look at this train station, as the arrival hall is decorated in large panels of azulejo tiles that were designed and painted by Jorge Colac. They were completed in 1916. The murals represent moments in the country’s history. The tiles and murals are magnificent.

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