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Apr 15, 2017 - Around Folgosa (Pinhoa)

Saturday 15th April 2017 around Folgosa (Pinhoa) This is a very isolated area, read narrow roads. We were booked on a boat tour so left with an hour to do 12 km. Should do it easy. Actually made it with 10 minutes to spare, or 3 minutes if you believe Christine. The boat trip leaves from Vintage Hotel - large enough to be seen from outer space.Do you think we could get into it? Wrong direction - I experienced extreme wrath disobeying BOTH the gps and Chris. Finally parked within sight of the hotelOff we go..... yes in the wrong direction....

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Apr 14, 2017 - Porto to Pinhoa

Friday 14th April, driving Porto to Pinhoa Finally drove the wrong way into a round about today. How did I know? You could probably hear the shriek from Chris. No cars expect the bloke behind me who just zipped passed as they do here. Essential to be ahead of the next car no matter what the traffic is doing up ahead. Like in France the blinkers are broken on all the cars so you just guess what car is going where. Never mind I keep them guessing too as we get used to the gps. Not such a good one this time as it has sent us up one way...

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Apr 13, 2017 - Porto environs

Thursday 13th April, drive around Porto environs I must not eat chocolate croissants for breakfast. I only did it to assimilate with the culture, but not a good idea. Stick to what I know. Today was touring around the hills of POrto. This place is full of tourists. There is no parking as when they started Porto there were no cars and so few people. So the car park has a queue. You drive in and sit in a line of cars........ waiting For a car to leave the car park at the other end. When one leaves one enters. This my take some time, and if...

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Apr 12, 2017 - Around Porto

Wednesday 12th April 2017, around Porto town Sergio took us on a 2 1/2 hour walking tour of Porto. He is young but from his voice it appears the cigarettes have hold of his life expectancy. We had history, architecture, culture, sociology, politics and lovely views. So much to see and learn about this city. I was told how port became important and would tell you if I could remember that along with the thousands of other things we were told. Never mind we had a good time. Part of the tour involved walking along next to train tracks over a...

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Apr 11, 2017 - Aveiro to Porto

Tuesday 11th April 2017, Aveiro to Porto. This was only a short drive so we stopped of on the way for a walk along another beach(es) and enjoy Portugal. There were kilometers of board walk and we are still working out this footpath thing as some people seem to stick the the right and others all over the path. Still not walked into anyone yet. And now for the car park. It might as well have been the street as the traffic jam went on for ages. Porto is a hug tourist destination, and with the great weather we are having everyone was out. We...

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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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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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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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