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Jan 22, 2016 - Porto, Portugal Tour of a "Wine Cave"

I said I wouldn't go on another tour as a solo English speaker, but I did. Passing a tourist office I saw a discount for a tour of part of Porto and included a visit to Graham's wine cave and pick-up at my hotel for only $25E. It was only half a day and for some reason was pretty enjoyable, maybe I liked the tour guide more. I visited the Se Cathedral again, and learned more history. He drove us across the Douro River to a great overlook for pictures and then to Graham's wine cave. This is my first visit to a wine cave. These tours include...

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Jan 20, 2016 - Douro Valley Tour of Two Vineyards

A visitor to Porto needs to take time for a look at the Douro Valley, famous for the grapes used for making Port wine. The Douro Valley is a designated port wine area just as the area in France called Champeign is the only place that can use that name for sparkling wine. In 1776, just after the great earthquake and tsunami (all history in Portougal uses this event as a marker in time) the Prime Minister who virtually rebuilt Portugaal by himself, decided to mark the area in the Douro Valley for Port wine making. He had thee area surveyed...

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Jan 20, 2016 - Train Station Tiles Tell Wine Growing Story in Douro Valley

We made a special stop here to enjoy the beautiful blue tiles, called azulejos. I can't pronounce it correctly but sound beautiful when spoken in Portuguese. In the beginning, in Portugal there was the Mooris tile that was mostly geometric shapes, dark blue and yellow, mostly, and was repeated in patterns. But during the 'age of discovery' 1580's and later, they were influenced by Japanese tile that was hand painted and used blue, the color of the ocean. I have learned from my visit to two botique winery's and tours of several...

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Jan 19, 2016 - Tuk-Tuk Tour & Food Tour of Porto, Portugal

I had the best time today. First on a Tuk-Tuk tour because my feet are sore from so much walking and I got lost yesterday and decided this tour would help me learn my way around Porto better. It was especially fun because both the Tuk tour and the Food and Wine tour were with English speakers. Debra and Sherry I met while having breakfast at my hotel in Coimbre, the town I visited before Porto. We were all departing for Porto and so stayed in touch to hopefully meet up. When I texted them about my Tuk tour unknown to me they booked the one...

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Jan 18, 2016 - Porto, Portugal: Home of Port Caves and 2nd Largest City

After visiting the Universty in Coimbra I took a train to Porto. A good day to travel as it is cloudy and rainy again. The train ride cost E$13.20 and took about an hour and 15 minutes, included wi-if. I like my hotel here in Porto (pounced Por' too). The Sao Jose Hotel is a very nice 3 star, businessmans hotel. Has heat, hair drier, lots of mirrors and plenty of hot water and a view of the street (lol) no view. I'm staying here for a week at only E$205. I consider it a bargain and hope to have down time, do laundry and rest my feet. Porto...

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Oct 16, 2015 - Last day in Portugal & onto Barcelona

Day 2 driving in Portugal went without a hitch - answered prayer! We set out travelling north to Viana do Castela on the coast. It was not as pretty as the towns yesterday but was interesting anyway. There was a decommissioned small ship at the wharf which used to be the hospital ship serving the big fishing trawlers that went out in the Atlantic all the way up to Newfoundland. It also served as an ice breaker and supply ship. It is now a museum and is really well reserved with all the old hospital equipment. We had a wander through it &...

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Oct 13, 2015 - Out on the road!!

Today we braved the highways of Portugal (of which there are many!) and took our hire car into the country. We thought we were getting a small car but ended up with a Mercedes - don't get too excited - it looked like an oversized Yeti (Skoda). It was wide and high - plenty of room but Lisle almost disappeared into it! We took my brother's advice & went to Amarante and Ponte de Lima. Both beautiful towns up in the hills alongside lovely rivers. It was so good to get out of the crowds of the city and enjoy some quiet more spacious surrounds....

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Oct 13, 2015 - Porto day 4, Portugal

Tuesday Made it out of Porto ok, the hire car was supposed to be a small Fiat Punto, but we got a Mercedes that looks like a Skoda Yeti on steroids, so we have heaps of room in the car. Ed i s up front, chief navigator, Steve is in the back tour director & alarm when I often drift to the wrong side - I am driving. Must say the toll way / highways are very good, heap less traffic than back home. Both Amarante and Porte de Lima were very neat & pretty towns so we're both worth visiting. The added bonus was the brilliant blue sky and 22C temp...

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Oct 12, 2015 - Porto, & Duo River

Monday 12 October 2015 The Duro River tour was a very relaxing day, not much walking spent a couple of hours in the train from Porto to a place upstream on the Duro River called Regua, where we boarded a boat for the 5- 6 hour journey return trip to Porto. The most amazing part for me was the first loch we went thru, dropping 35m. That's a big step down in one go. The next loch further down was about 14m, which most people on board did not get as excited about. We arrived back in Porto about 5:45pm, so was good to get some nice light for...

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Oct 12, 2015 - Porto & down the Douro River

Go Wallabies! We finally cracked it to see a game live! Right next door to our hotel is a bar with sport on TV so we went in bought some drinks and told them we were Aussies and asked if they would turn on the Rugby. Friendly fellows did it! What a grind of a game but great result. We have struck 2 drizzley days and have had to explore with umbrellas and raincoats. Not so pleasant in the rain 𯘓. We braved it and have seen a lot of Porto. This is a big city with the old part situated on the side of a hill leading down to the beautiful...

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Oct 10, 2015 - Porto, days 2 & 3, Portugal

Porto days 2 & 3 Saturday Spent most of the day exploring the centre of Porto, walked into town, and down to the river foreshore. Being Saturday there were heaps of people everywhere. Found out later that this is a long weekend in Spain, so heaps of Spaniards are in Porto this weekend too. The river foreshore was very pleasant, a steep walk there & back up to the CBD, thru a lot of narrow lanes. Steve and I found ourselves in a very dodgy lane where drug deals were going down and a number of unsavoury characters in doorways, so we high...

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Oct 9, 2015 - Averio & Porto, Portugal

Averio - Porto We took a early morning guided car tour of Averio, checking out the outer port , beach suburbs and salt mining area just outside Averio. The salt mining basically has not changed since Roman times with a series of shallow lagoons taking in sea water with the final pond being the highest in salt concentration from evaporation. Three (3) blokes shovelled out 250 tonnes of salt each season over about 4 warmest months. A lot of work, especially after the heavy rains in January damage the small bund walks so need fixing every year...

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