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  • Day35

    Our Porto Apartment

    October 8 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Our apartment is in a wonderful location (again), and so comfortable. I love being on the waterfront, where we can watch the boats and ships pass by - we have seen so many river cruise ships on their way up and back from the Douro Valley. We are in the heart of the Riberia neighbourhood, which is full of colour and activity and, with so many wonderful restaurants, we are spoiled for choice.Read more

  • Day36

    Porto tour with Peter's Beetle

    October 9 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Ian saw this tour advertised on Airbnb and thought it looked like fun, so we booked it, and it was absolutely brilliant and lots of fun. Rui, our tour guide, had set up this company about a year ago. He inherited his grandfather’s VW Beetle and decided to fix it up, and when he would drive it around town he was often stopped by people asking if the car was for hire - this gave him the idea to start this tour. It operated out of a jewellery store that he and his wife owned, which was just two minutes walk from our apartment.

    We were driven around in the back seat of a convertible beetle (ours was red, there is also a blue one). Rui took us to many of the sites of Porto, and provided us with a great overview of the city and the layout so we could then decide where we wanted to return to. Rui is very knowledgeable and passionate about Porto. He was born here as were his parents, his mother on one side of the river and his father on the other. We also had the opportunity to stop a number of times and take photos, plus Rui took several photos of us, which turned out really well.

    Rui even offered to drop us off at a different spot to where we started the tour - Livraria Lello - the bookstore that inspired JK Rowling to write the Harry Potter novel, when she was living in Porto and working as an English teacher! Not only did Rui drop us at the bookstore, he took us to the ticket office and got us fast track entry for 5 Euro, less than it would have cost us to book ourselves, and we jumped the huge queue waiting to get in.

    The tour took us through the Riberia neighbourhood, down one of the oldest streets in Porto, the bookstore, the Old Prison, the Carmo Church, the Sé Cathedral, Torre dos Clérigos, Palàcio Bolsa, Santo António hospital (the old and new), Praça Da Cordoaria, and the Old Market that is being renovated and should be completed by 2021 at a cost of approximately 33 million Euros! We also went to the Town Hall, Palàcio das Artes, Estacãco são Bento, Capella das Alma’s, and we crossed a couple of bridges - Ponte do Infante to get over the river and Ponte de D. Luís I to cross back. Finally, he drove us along the Rio Douro to where it meets the sea, and along the Atlantic Ocean coastline for a bit through a lovely little village called Foz Do Douro. It had such a nice feel about it, and it didn’t feel like Porto was only 15 minutes away.

    We had a fabulous time and Rui was so generous with his time and information. He also gave us a number of restaurant recommendations - we have tried two already, and have made reservations at the other two.
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  • Day35

    Porto - first impressions

    October 8 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Love it, love it, love it. This place is gorgeous, full of life and colour and history, and the tiles, the tiles are magnificent. I used to love an old or interesting door, but I think the tiles of Portugal, and particularly Porto, have captured my attention more so.

    After unpacking and admiring the view from our balcony for a while, we went out to explore the local area. We walked along the waterfront, took detours down winding and narrow streets, and just enjoyed the ambience of the area. We decided to get a Porto Card, which includes a transport card, so we headed off to find the Tourist Information Centre with the ’assistance’ of google maps! The only down side of our location is that most places you go on foot involve steep inclines and steps, and we encountered much of both as we weaved our way up, down and around - sometimes Google maps seems to take you on the most difficult and indirect route possible. We eventually made it to the Tourist office (located in about the highest spot in Porto), bought our tickets and, I must admit, we were afforded some wonderful views as the sun was setting over Porto.

    We ended up stopping at a restaurant on the way back to the apartment called Português de Gema - projeto de economia social, which was a restaurant that is not for profit social project that reintegrated people from the street back into society, by providing them with the opportunity to gain skills either front of house or in the kitchen. We had a lovely meal. The restaurant has nice simple decor, and there is a lovely little terrace. It felt good to support this type of concern that is trying to make a difference.
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  • Day1

    Graham's Port Tour!

    February 26 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Picked mainly because it has the same name as my Dad, but also because the tour is meant to be the best in Porto and it did not disappoint! We started with an introduction to how Porto in manufactured in the Douro valley a couple of hundred kilometres from Porto. It then focused on how the port is left to do its thing in the barrels (it was all to do with science and technical thing) didn’t make much sense to me but however they do it it tastes amazing!!!Read more

  • Day1


    February 26 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    For dinner it is a typical Portuguese dish called Francesinha, it was basically croque monsieur but on steds! With steak, ham, sausage and spicy ham all piled between a nice toasty loaf, topped with cheese and then a tomato and beer sauce poured on top and typically served with chips! It was amazing!!!Read more

  • Day32

    Santiago, Spain to Aguda, Portugal.

    May 21, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    Hello form Aguda, Portugal. I left this morning from Santiago at 615 am. A couple of train rides later, I find myself in Aguda...a beach town that compares to York/York Beach with a little OOB thrown in during the summer. Right now, it is pretty calm....a huge beach and crazy surf but nobody on the beach due to the wind. I arrived at around one and had a talk with one of the Fire/EMS guys at the station on the way into town who offered me a place to sleep at the station tonight. They are way behind us when it comes to protocols which he was very cynical about. I mean way behind like back in the 80’s for us. So, I sit here writing this at a small cafe in town who’s owner cooked me dinner tonight which was special because she usually does not cook meals on Monday nights. So, tomorrow, the beach here and then I will make my way back to Porto and get to know the city. Goodnight from Aguda, Portugal!Read more

  • Day100

    One day in Porto!

    June 27 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Our next stop was Porto, I need to say that we liked it a lot, more than Lisbon. It is more cosy and relaxed, we stayed just one day so we would like to visit it again sometime.
    It was a full program, we had a nice dinner, b-boy show and a "concert" close to the river.

  • Day3

    Von anderen Ufer

    April 29 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Am schönsten wirkt Porto von anderen Ufer aus gesehen. Da befinden sich auch die Keller, in den Portwein gelagert wird. Unter den langen Dächer liegen tausende Fässer mit Port, deren Preise schwindelerregende Höhe erreichen können.

    Najpiękniej wygląda Porto z drugiej strony rzeki. Tam znajdują się piwnice, w których leżakuje portwein. Pod tymi długimi dachami przechowywane są tysiące beczek z portem, którego ceny osiągają nieprawdopodobne wysokości.Read more

  • Day3


    July 19 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Nach Vincents nächtlicher Kotzeritis sind wir am frühen Vormittag bereit für eine Runde Portwein. Eine sehr offizielle Runde, verbunden mit einer fachkundigen Führung durch die Geschichte des portweins in der GRAHAM Portweinmanufaktur. Vincent schwankt noch bis in GRAHAMs Kellerei mit, bekommt Schnappatmung und schwankt wieder in unsere Wohnung zurück. Begleitet von meinem aufrichtigen Bedauern, denn sich als 17 jähriger Teenager in der nächsten Schule als angehender Portweinspezialist vorzustellen, finde ich ausgesprochen reizvoll;-) Dann übernehmen wir das also. Nach interessanter Führung durch die Geschichte von Vintage, Tawny und Rubyweinen und unzähligen uralten Fässern, sitzen wir am Ende vor dem mit Spannung erwartetem Tasting. 6 Portweingläser in unterschiedlichen Farben vor uns. Uli probiert großzügig, Lara und ich gut aber vorsichtig, Noah mehr als vorsichtig aber "fachkundig" im Urteil und die Zwillinge testen im Riechtestverfahren. Ähnlich wie schon beim Marmeladentasting finden wir schnell unseren Favoriten, ein Vintageportwein, dunkelrot, süß, alt ;-)
    Den Nachmittag verbringt Vincent fiebrig im Bett, gehütet von Lara und umsorgt von seiner Mama ;-) süßer Tee, Cola, Brezen, trocken Brot. Uli und der Rest der Reisegruppe folgen der Empfehlung der Marmeladenfrau, und suchen den schönsten Strand der Gegend. Die Nachricht "seid froh, dass ihr nicht mitgekommen seid" folgt nur kurze Zeit später. Sand und Meer vor der wunderschönen Kulissen sozialistischer 20 stöckiger Blockprachtbauten! Der kühle Atlantik wirkt in dieser Umgebung wenig einladend, und so spendiert Uli eine Runde gocart, ein Abendessen und am frühen Abend sind alle wieder zu Hause. Vincents ist auf dem Weg der Besserung, das Fieber verflogen und hungrig finden die Bratkartoffeln ihren dauerhaften Platz in seinen Magen.
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  • Day46

    Day 46e. Porto, Portugal

    September 19 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    This side of Luis I bridge is known for its Porto Port Wine Cellars. We went into the Vila Nova de Gaia - Santa Marinha area for Port wine tasting. We sampled 10 (6€) and 20 (8€) year old ports. The 20 year old Port was much smoother and richer.
    Port wine is a Portuguese fortified wine produced with distilled grape spirits exclusively in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal.
    Time to head back to the metro train and make our way back to the ship. Boarding time was 6:30pm.
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Vila Nova de Gaia (Santa Marinha), Gaia

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