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May 1, 2018 - Porto, Portugal Rock of Gibraltar and Port tasting

Sailed by the Rock of Gibraltar 2 nights ago. We are now back in the Atlantic Ocean. The Rock is all lite up at night so you can’t miss it and its high cliffs. Looks just like all its pictures. The seas have been rougher than since the Indian Ocean so we have put our sea bands back on. The port is located at the mouth of the Douro River. The area around the port is nicely landscaped with parks, walking/bike trails. Old town is about 5 miles up the river along very steep banks. It’s a big river that starts deep in the interior of Portugal....

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May 1, 2018 - Leixoes Porto Portugal

History: Porto,Portugal’s second largest city is also its most authentic, where port wine mixes beautifully with strolls past historic architecture. Shops up and down the lanes of historic old town invite endless window shopping and browsing. Along the Douro River the prosperous fate of Porto was sealed when the Barcos Rabelos delivered the first wine shipments here from vineyards upriver. These vessels still bob with the current. Across the river cellars of 59 companies fortifying the prized wine that is still produced in the Douro...

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Apr 23, 2018 - Final Day

The bad news is we still cannot move on the river. The good news is that because we have a very early flight home tomorrow, Viking is transporting us today to Porto to stay in a hotel for the evening because the distance from the ship to the Porto Airport is too great to cover so early in the morning. This trip to Porto eliminates our ability to attend a trip that was planned for today, but we are refunded for the cancellation. So the day is a nothing day but we will have time in Porto should we choose to visit any additional sites.

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Apr 22, 2018 - Porto

Dreading the drive but looking forward to seeing Porto. River problem again. The water was too high to get under the bridge so our journey which started at 6:30 AM ended at 8:30AM at a very small hillside town. This location causes us to have an hour hilly, curvy bus ride followed by a 1 hr highway ride to Porto. Taking pictures while touring cities can be very difficult because we are frequently on the bus, lots of traffic and lots of people. We did make several stops in Porto, the Cathedral, the Train Station, the shopping area, of...

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Apr 18, 2018 - Pinhao

Well we are on the ship but still docked at Pinhao, but we will take excursions from here until we get word that the river is navigable. Our morning visit is to Casa de Mateus, or the Mateus Palace. Located in Peso da Regua, which is the heart of the port wine production region. Originally two small villages, Peso and Regua were brought together in the 18th century to form a major hub for the area. Designated in 1756, following the earthquake, as the center of the demarcated region for port production was part of the economic plan of...

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Jun 10, 2017 - Camino Day!

For those who enjoy travelling, there are many things that make certain places stand out more than others. What stood out for me in Porto was the genuineness of the local people. Yes, those working in hospitality usually are friendly but it went beyond this as even when we were out walking on the street asking for directions or on the bus, locals tried to help us during every instance. I find this rare unless you are in a small community where you are the tourist attraction. We really noticed that Portuguese was still widely spoken by young...

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Jun 8, 2017 - Arrival into Porto

On Tuesday June 6, my good friend JoAnn and I left on this trip to Portugal. Hoping that this was not an omen for the trip but upon arrival at YVR, we were told that our first flight from VCR to Toronto was cancelled! Not good start since neither of us got notified in advance of this cancellation until we arrived at the airport. Fortunately, we got rebooked onto another flight that allowed us to make our connecting flight to Lisbon. Of course we had to have a little celebration in the bar before our departure. Planes, subway, train, and...

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Camino Portugues

Jun 3, 2017 - Heading home

Spent a day in Lisbon seeing the Alfama area and the Sao Jorge Castle. It was hot touring around the city and I'm sure there were twice the number of tourists from when we were. In Lisbon a couple weeks ago, as well as hawkers, people selling things from sunglasses to jewelry. As I wait for my flight to Frankfurt, first leg of my journey home, I think about my adventures in Portugal. By far, the most difficult riding I've ever done so I feel like I really accoumplished something. The accommodations on this tour were fantastic with 4 or 5...

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Jun 1, 2017 - Sintra to Cascais 41km +1100m

The guide book rated today's ride as 4 out of 5 for difficulty but in my books it was more like 6 out of 5. Yet, somehow, it did not feel as challenging as yesterday and I'm not sure if that's because the heavy climbs were early in the day unlike yesterday's climb at the end of the day or if I'm getting accustomed to climbs. We did not see all that much of Sintra. It is obviously a lovely place, a UNESCO heritage sight but for me the beauty of the place is spoiled by the narrow streets with endless traffic and hordes and hordes of...

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May 31, 2017 - Ericenia to Sintra 38km+900m

A late start to the day as we waited for my new bike coming all the way from Lisbon. This tour company is the best as they really did their best to help me. Love Portugal Nature Trails. And this bike actually fits me better than the other one. But all day I was careful, cautious about changing gears and not stressing the cam. It was cool almost chilly at times today which was a good thing as we did a heck of a lot of climbing. On the road all day cycling by villages and some very fancy villas as well as cultivated land. Of course, some...

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May 30, 2017 - Penicheto to Ericenia 73km +900 m

I keep saying the beauty of this country never ends because it just does not. Every climb we make, every corner we round, brings beauty and surprise. Today was a long, strenuous day with climbs and distance. We cycled mostly on a rather narrow and busy road as well as a little bit of bike path, on the coast of course. In my travels I saw wind turbines, sleepy villages, orchards, resorts, limestone, way too many barking dogs and way too many tour buses. I notice people's lovely gardens are more free flowing rather than the manicured gardens...

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May 29, 2017 - Obidos to Peniche 52 km+550 m

Today did not seem as challenging but maybe I'm getting used to hills. This morning it was raining and I was concerned, not for being wet but what the rain does to the surface we ride, like cobble stones. Fortunately the rain stopped as we headed out and we had only a short time on cobble stones. Mostly on secondary roads today including some bike lanes and busy back roads. We passed through and by fancy ocean resorts, fancy golf course resorts and only a couple of villages. We were near beaches as well as up looking at beach. Sure can tell...

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