Don & Helen Spain 2010 travel blog

Casa Musica - Porto

Casa Musica

Casa Musica

casa Musica

Porto - Portugal

Duoro River - wine district of Portugal

wine grapes - Duoro district

old port bottles in port winery

Don Helen Geoff Marg tasting port

Portugese blue tiles

Porto, Oporto. Arrival is again complicated due to our GPS (Carmen to us) and the Citroen GPS (Edith) not wanting to accept the address we had.....and us not having enough information initially to reprogram it on the fly. Lost in downtown cobble-stoned Oporto for a few minutes, and then found our way to the Palacio Frexio Pousada - a special old building. We have a few hours, and decide to go to a key tourist site, the Casa da Musica - a very recent and very exciting musical concept building. We take a tour, and Helen and Geoff decide to return this evening for Mahler's 10th, for which they pay just 20 Euro per seat. Actually, every seat in the house is supposed to have the same accoustics as every other seat, and every seat is the same price. The weather reports are looking ominous, so we take advantage of good weather on Saturday 3rd to cruise up the Rio Duoro to the port wine centre of Regua. This whole valley is classified in some way as a world heritage area. It is a long day, but we drank some port, were well fed, and it is always pleasant to be on the water in good weather. The train brings us back late.

Sunday 3rd turns out to be wet when we awake, and it only gets worse during the morning. Nonetheless, we taxi to El Corte Ingles so Geoff can get some storage gear for photos, and Helen does some impulse buying. We then go to the CBD to see the Salon Arabia at the Palacio Da Bolsa. Fascinating stuff. We return to the Pousada during a wild wind storm to enjoy a light lunch and a slow afternoon sorting out entries such as this one, and Helen's drawn diary. Tomorrow, we will be on the road again, back into Spain, this time to Ciudad Rodrigo. Portugal has been very pleasant - many of the people have some english, are friendly and willing to help, as well as being generally happy and full of good spirits....not just the Port either.

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