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Feb 26, 2014 - Porto

We caught the bus into Porto this morning and had another day exploring - this time in fine weather. We went first to take a look at Lello’s bookstore, a beautiful old store with an amazing staircase and leadlight ceiling. From there we walked down through the town and along the waterfront, and after stopping for some lunch at a small café we DID find the Museo do Vinho do Porto and took a look around. We strolled back to the Luis l Bridge and took the funicular up to the top (€1.50 pp with our PortoCard) and walked across the top level of...

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Feb 25, 2014 - Porto

Today we caught the bus from just around the corner from the campsite into Porto; €1.85 pp one way. The 40 minute bus ride itself was an experience as we went very fast down narrow streets. We went to the end of the line to Trinidade and then got some great advice and a 48 hour Portocard for €8 each. This gives free transport around the city (except the tram) and free or discounted entry to several attractions. We went first to Clerigos Tower and climbed the 225 steps to the top (discounted entry €1 pp). It started to rain so the views were...

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Feb 13, 2014 - Estela

Still raining in the morning but not too bad now. We made our shortest trip so far moving only 17 miles up the coast to a quiet camp by the sea & away from any town. The cheeky perishers tried to charge me extra for 'Little Nelly"( Doris's trailer). We've never been asked to pay extra at any camp before so after I explained this & threatened to leave forthwith they decided to waive the charge. I wouldn't mind but we were the only motorhome on this huge camp, you'd think they would be only too glad to get a paying customer with or without a...

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Feb 12, 2014 - Vila Cha

I am reliably informed, by my wife, that Port is not a Sherry as such, so what I said yesterday about sherry casks & sherry houses etc was wrong so if anyone noticed please accept my apologies. I just assumed that port was a sherry that was called port because it was produced in Porto. Still very windy & raining & according to the local TV there is a lot of serious flooding around the low areas of Portugal. Sounds just like the reports we are hearing of the flooding in the UK. We just did a short hop of 20 miles up the coast to the North...

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Feb 11, 2014 - Madalena

It was raining heavily a lot of the night & still was when we got up so we sat tight for a couple of hours. I still had to load Doris back up on to her trailer in the rain but it had eased by then. We finally left late morning & it was quite apparent that the heavy rain has caused a lot of flooding in the area. We saw lots of flooded fields & swollen rivers as we headed North towards Porto. Our site today is in Madalena, a few miles South of Porto & on the coast. The weather cleared up nicely by lunch time so we caught a local bus from...

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Jan 10, 2014 - Day 19 - The vermelho line is for museus, the azur line is for viewing.

When reading up on Porto, if you're a night time owl, is that if you go to a club at 2am, it's considered early. I mean, what? A slightly disturbed sleep last night as the air conditioner as well as the extract fan in the bathroom is a little noisy. We are thankful though to discover that this hotel has more tv channels on that are showing shows in the original language, although there seems to be no end to NCIS, Law and Order type shows. Internet has also been a bit sketchy which makes it hard to upload photos or look for hotels for...

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Jan 9, 2014 - Day 18 - A (Porto) room with a view

Oh, my gosh, what's this? An early start to the day! Ugh, this is so hard. Why is this happening? Oh, that's right, we've gone and booked ourselves on some early train to Porto. Yippee! That's worth getting up for that. We're already packed. All we have to do is check out, get our baggage stored at the hotel, and get the suburban train (not the metro as it is on strike today) to get us from Sete Rios station to Oriente station where our train departs from. In fact we're over half an hour earlier in our estimations that we can catch the...

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Nov 8, 2013 - Porto

Day 1 After the caves we continued north and arrived in Porto in the late afternoon. Dad got a nice phone call from Portugal at 6:30 am! Sorry Dad. I always put Mom and Dad's home number under our reservation because we have no phone and they will just email us anything we need to know. Our apartment reservation person was just calling to find out what time we were arriving in Porto because they don't have a reception desk. Good thing it was a work day and Dad was up ;) And good thing Joan spoke very good English and could explain WHY he...

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Sep 8, 2013 - Porto all day

We slept in for our second day in Porto getting up for breakfast after 8:30. It was cool and cosy in the quiet room. Mariana and Pedro have done a clever job of incorporating the rooms within the structure of the building. The building is only about 6 m wide and they have two bedrooms along the width. The rooms are a box which is raised 20 cm above the original floor and they have a ceiling dropped 1 m from the original. This has the advantage of making the room look better balanced as well as having space both above and below the room for...

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Sep 7, 2013 - Guimaraes to Porto

It's a sad day today because we said goodbye to Jose and Cristina who have looked after us so well for the last week. After breakfast we packed our bags into the car and were driven to Porto to our 'new home' for the next two nights. On the way Cristina played some Fado music to let us hear some of the top quality singers of this particularly Portugese style. We have been delighted with the service provided by Jose and Cristina and I will be singing their praises when I get home. Anyone like to form a group to do their 14 day Jewels of...

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Dec 4, 2012 - Heading south into a new country

In the last week we have waded around the streets of Santiago de Compostela in the November monsoon, given up on northern Spain (for this year) and headed south into Portugal for sun and warmer air. We have hiked in the Serra do Geres National Park and seen some ancient Roman mile posts, spent some time at the beach resort of Estrela and ended the week in the historic city of Porto. We have found this to be one of our favourite spots and is a crusty “in your face” fishing port, despite signs of the economic austerity measures and recession...

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Nov 8, 2012 - Porto

Today turned out to be a bit of a mixed up day. We set out walking down to the Palacio da Bolsa. This building is the old stock exchange and commercial centre of Porto. A bit like the Chamber of Commerce perhaps. We had a guided tour that showed us some of the rooms and gave us a potted history of the building. The nicest room was the Arabic room that looked like something from the Alhambra in Granada but was very ornate and new looking from around 1890. We left there and went for a tram ride along the river - just about 30 minutes along...

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