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    • Day68

      Porto w/Silvio & Selina

      May 24 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 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 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.

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    • Day47

      Küstenstrände, Cascais und Porto

      May 11 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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    • Day58

      Bem Vindo a Portugal

      November 8 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      My first day of exploring made me glad I'd just walked a Camino. Porto is not a flat city. The river has carved a great canyon in the landscape and the coastal hills are ever present too. The walk from the river back to my apartment will give me a good daily workout.

      I wandered the streets and alley ways and found some good viewing spots looking over the Rio Douro. Pastry shops abound yet again, outshining even Paris in my opinion but don't tell the French.

      I was reminded that the first day in a new country one must pay particular attention to important details such as how to cross a road safely. One must determine if cars actually stop at pedestrian crossings and under what conditions, whether green means green like at home, or just that it's a slightly safer option than red. In Portugal people use the crossing regularly despite what colour the light is and cars quite happily drive across when the green walking light is on as long as they aren't too close to you. Then you have to work out if public toilets might exist and if you have to pay for them, what times shops open and close and how to catch a train or bus. That's without the whole need to speak another language today. Now I'm just speaking to the Portuguese in Spanish like I was speaking to the Spanish in Indonesian.

      And google has now decided to show me everything in Portuguese despite me resetting it to English ten times which makes googling anything somewhat painful. The joys of modern travel. Of course these days I can snuggle up in bed at night and buy a ticket to a river cruise or a bus tour for tomorrow without needing to speak another language, find a tourist office or wander around at all. And despite the fact that I'm travelling to five countries, I don't have to change currencies like we did years ago.
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      Traveler

      ahh the home of tiles and port

      People are dressed for cool weather such as the 17 C noted. [Dad]

      Reminiscent of the cathedral facade in Macau! [Ruth]

      Traveler

      You are one of those people with a memory that can remind me of my life. Macau of course.!!!

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    • Day60

      On the Rio Douro

      November 10 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

      A beautiful sunny day dawned and I decided to behave like a real tourist and tackle the hop on hop off bus and six bridges river cruise.

      Porto has two sides. It's a UNESCO World Heritage listed cityscape including the Luis I Bridge with the two levels of train and road, the Italianate monestary and the river setting itself. Porto looks beautiful from the river and the riverside runs all the way to the ocean. You could walk, ride or electric scooter for miles or take a tram. There are gardens galore and historic sites, churches, alley ways, cafes and port wine by the barrel load as well.

      Yet everywhere there are old ruined buildings. Old stone buildings crumbling, decrepit factories on the riverfront, lines of falling down homes up the cliff faces. It would make an excellent set for an apocalypse movie. You think in these times with the value of the land on which these buildings sit, that they would have been replaced with modern homes (although the cliffs and heritage issues would provide some challenges) . I'm not conversant in the current or past economic situation in Portugal except to compare with how obviously lucky we are at home. The gift of travelling yet again. There is also building work everywhere and cranes in every direction so maybe that investment has started. Porto is certainly a city of much future potential and has been historically, and is currently, a popular destination for retiring or escaping British subjects.

      The photo of the statue of the people looking out to sea is a memorial to a storm when 150 local fisherman were lost.
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      Traveler

      I just love reading your rich descriptions... next best thing to being there. Xx

      Traveler

      Enjoying your wonderful photos. Nic. X

       
    • Day11

      Douro River Cruise

      April 16 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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    • Day49

      Felt like Summer in Porto

      November 5 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

      We had the most beautiful weather today. Bright blue sky, no clouds sunshine, it felt like it was the end of August not the beginnong of November. The city was packed with people because of the besutiful weather! We took a trolley ride from one end of the city to the other. Christmas decorations are already up here. We discovered the famous Bolhao Market. Did a Port wine tasting. took the Funicular dos Guindais back up the enormous hill to our apartment just as it was getting dark. The moon is just about full. My legs are so tired, I feel like we did another day on the Camino, the streets are cobblestone and the city is really hilly. Going to sleep well tonight!Read more

      Traveler

      This city looks beautiful.

       
    • Day31

      Altstadt Porto

      May 2 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

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