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Douro River

Vineyards, Douro Valley

Mom and Me at the Douro Valley

Spent most of the day driving, so not too many pictures.

We got up late again this morning. Someone would think we were on vacation. Headed out of Porto toward the Douro River valley. The Douro River flows from the vineyards in Portugal and Spain to Porto. Grapes grow thick all along the river. This is the region where the grapes for Port, so famous in Portugal, is grown.

The valley is beautiful. Row upon row of vines snake their way across the hills that stretch upward from either side of the Douro. Little villages and towns serve mostly to support those who grow and harvest the grapes. And, of course, the tourist like us that manage to get out of the cities into the region of Portugal where life is closer to the soil.

We stopped at a little road side fruit stand. Apparently, cherries, peaches, apricots, and more grow in abundance in the region, as well as grapes. We bought a kilo of cherries and munched on them until we could find a place for lunch.

Lunch was francishena, a sandwich of beef and pork covered in cheese and a rich soup-like sauce. Very tasty. Served with fries. It is a typical lunch for this region of the country.

We didn't take in near as much of the Douro as we had planned until we decided we needed to turn South. We ended up spending the night in the little port city of Figueira da Foz. The town seems to be waking up as we are turning in. Oh well. I'm just not much of a party animal.

Tomorrow we head to Lagos in the far south of Portugal.

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