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Sep 29, 2016 - # 8 Porto

From Porto Do Son, we headed back along the southern side of the peninsula to Catoira and then the A9. We drove south bypassing Ponteverde, Spain and Valenca de Minho and stopped at Viana de Castelo ostensibly to see the old town. The GPS led us straight to Centro and parking. (Under the city street) We walked to the waterfront and then back towards the old quarter. On the way we met Fernando, a genealogist, talked for some time. Invited him for coffee whicbh became lunch at a riverfront restaurant. Grilled sqid was the special. He took us...

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Sep 29, 2016 - # 9 Douro River Valley

We picked up our car from the hotel and headed east out of town along the Douro River. While the port is matured in Vila Nova de Gaia, the grapes are grown up river...way up river. Taylor's have three estates in the much drier regions beyond the coastal mountains. We drove through the city to the river and followed it upstream ignoring our gps when necessary. There are many beautiful little villages and small towns along the way. The road while paved is very narrow and curves around up and over mountains down into picturesque valleys as it...

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Apr 5, 2016 - Porto to Paris

The plan was to ride the bus from Santiago to Porto, spend a night in Porto and on Thursday return to Paris on our easyjet flight. Well, the return to Porto went smoothly with great enjoyment of scenery from the comfortable bus for the 4 hour trip. We walked across town to the Moov hotel feeling like we knew our way around. Then we checked our email and I had an email from Evan alerting me to the big strikes planning in France for Thursday impacting air traffic control and the RER metro lines from the airports into Paris. Time to start...

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Mar 20, 2016 - Porto, Portugal

We arrived quite late in Porto, even with the time difference and were very happy to easily find the metro entrance, with a friendly attendant, who helped us purchase tickets at the machine. The metro took us to a stop only a three street walk to our hotel. All of this was made really easy because someone greeted us at the arrivals exit with city maps. All of our hotels and some of our dinners have been organized by Camino Travel. The hotel Moov is in the center of Porto and is a recently renovated former Art Deco theatre decorated...

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

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 that 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 it was pretty enjoyable, maybe I liked the tour guide more. At Graham’s I joined an English speaking tour. We first visited the Se Cathedral again, and I learned more interesting history. He drove us across the Douro River to a great overlook for pictures and then to Graham's...

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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 sounds beautiful when spoken in Portuguese. In the beginning, in Portugal there was the Moorish 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 boutique winery's and tours of several...

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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 Champaign is the only place that can use that name for sparkling wine. In 1776, just after the great earthquake and tsunami (all history in Portugal uses this event as a marker in time) the Prime Minister who virtually rebuilt Portugal by himself, decided to mark the area in the Douro Valley for Port wine making. He had the area surveyed and...

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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 whom 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 had booked...

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

After visiting the University 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, businessman’s hotel. Has heat, hair drier, lots of mirrors and plenty of hot water but only street 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 was first a...

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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 - 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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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

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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