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Oct 4, 2019 - Rinse the blood off my Torga

We got an email last night to say our tour pickup was 10 mins early at 8:10. So we set alarms for 6:10 - that should give us enough time, we thought. J and C were ready at 7:10 but I took a little longer as wool takes a while to dry properly! C had previously read the weather forecast as 19 ! But when J checked last night it was 27, and this morning 28! And high humidity. So we just need to brave a short early morning cool spell until the bus. Pickup is at the Royal Hotel, just around the corner. We had an hour up our sleeves. It was foggy...

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Oct 3, 2019 - Pigeon English or Portuguese?

Today is the day we “do Porto” so up earlyish. Opened the shutters - grey and foggy! Quite cool, and clothes on the balcony much the same as when they were put there last night. Oh well, hopefully it will be warm later. We headed down towards the Sao Bento station as we had been told it was worth a look. The outside is OK, but it’s the main hall inside that impresses with huge tiled pictures on all the walls. As good as the walls we had seen in Palaces. We hung about inside and outside looking for photo ops, all the while keeping a close...

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Oct 2, 2019 - More questions?

Up early at 7:15 - got a train to catch! J got dressed and went straight down to the bank to get the rest of the money needed for the Porto accommodation. It was busy already - delivery vans delivering, cafes opening, fresh bread smells wafting from bakeries, people rushing off to work. We had arranged to check out at 10:15 so we would be ready for our taxi at 10:30. We were all packed and tidied up ready by a bit after 9. We hadn’t heard from the owners re the checkout process, so J sent a Whatsapp message. About 10:05 there was a tap at...

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Sep 3, 2019 - From the riverside to the seashore, boardwalks and beyond

Sept. 2/19 The jet lagged and sleep deprived brain is not functioning on all cylinders, but hey, how lovely is it to arrive in Porto , Portugal on a 30 C degree September day? A fun riverside jumble of buildings covered in colourful wrought iron balconies and even more colourful ceramic tiles. Interesting bridges crossing the gorge and the promise of dangerous shopping excursions and exploration of "the Port", but this will have to wait until we return at the end of our trek. Just enough time for a stroll and petiscos by the Praça then off...

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Jun 27, 2019 - Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Bus

While other would take the double-decker tour bus as soon as they arrived in Porto, we waited until our last day to be driven around the city and suburbs to enjoy the sights. We'd seen many of the places of interest that were on the bus route but it was interesting to learn more details and get an overview of the city. Foods of Portugal: Francesinha, an iconic northern Portugal sandwich that's layered with pork, smoked sausage and bacon, then topped off with medium-rare steak, a fried egg and a thick layer of cheese, beer, and tomato sauce...

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Jun 24, 2019 - Porto Free Walking Tour

We signed up for a free walking tour billed as Porto Lifestyles. We met the group in front of McDonalds, known as the most beautiful McDonalds in the world. McDonalds moved in in 1995 but the building was formerly the very elegant Cafe Imperial which opened in the 30s. There is an Art Deco bronze eagle on the exterior of the building and inside are crystal chandeliers and stained-glass windows left over from the coffee shop. Surprisingly, Porto's McDonalds even sells delicious pastries and Sagres beer. Next we walked to the university area...

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Jun 22, 2019 - Train to Porto

We took the Porto train which was full of passengers from Lisbon. Porto will be our final destination and where we will spend the most days of any stop on our trip. We got the keys to our Airbnb apartment from our host Sebastiao. The Festa de San Joao begins this weekend and Sebastiao tells us all about the festivities all over town. June 24 is the Feast of St. John the Baptist. Our host will visit his mother in his hometown for the next few days so we're on our own. LindaRose and I walked to a square in the historic district and watched...

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Apr 26, 2019 - Our Last Day

Today is the last day of our trip. We'll be sailing from Regua back to Vila Nova de Gaia where we started our cruise. It was overcast, cold and windy when we started but as the morning went on the sun started breaking thru. We didn't arrive until 2 p.m. so it was a leisurely morning. After lunch we watched a demonstration of the "fire and ice" method of opening vintage port. Due to the age, even stored correctly, there can be some disintigration of the cork and sediment. Vintage ports are typically 20, 30, or 40 years old. So "port tongs"...

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Apr 25, 2019 - Quinta da Avessada & Mateus Palace

April 25 - Quinta da Avessada & Mateus Once again the Captain and crew are up and preparing for our 5:45am departure, while we sleep. After breakfast we had a cooking demonstration by the pastry chef on making the famous custard cream tart called Pastel de Nata. Of course, the demonstration was followed by samples for all. Unfortunately, the weather today was not as cooperative as it rained most of the day with a few brief moments of sunshine during lunch! Lunch was was exquisite at Quinta da Avessada one of the Douro valleys favorite...

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Apr 25, 2019 - Porto, Braga, Guimaraes and the Douro wine region

Springtime in northern Portugal has meant that I have had everything from 28 degrees and sunshine on some days to 12 degrees with tropical downpours and hail on another day. So, there are not too many photos of me in this first blog post. Porto is a delightful city - my first time here. Once my calves and feet adjusted to the hills and cobblestone streets, I’ve been enjoying wandering with no specific destination in mind, but just seeing what I discover. The first few photos show the UNESCO world heritage Ribeira district of Porto, located...

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Apr 24, 2019 - Salamanca, Spain

We are docked at Vega de Terron today on the Portugal/Spain border and it looks like our luck with the weather has run out. We woke up to 38 degrees and rain and the forecast is a high of 48, 100% chance of rain, and 20+ mile/hour winds. So today was going to be six-layer day (I came up with another layer). We will be going back to Spain on an all-day excursion to Salamanca, the Golden City (so called because of the honey-colored sandstone of its buildings). Our buses took off at 8:30 a.m. for an almost two-hour bus ride during which the...

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Apr 23, 2019 - Castelo Rodrigo

April 23 - Cais de Pinhão on to Barca D’Alva We only sail during the day - so today is no exception as we leave the port of Pinhão at 6:45am on our way to Barca D’Alva through two locks (there are a total of five that we navigate through). This morning while cruising and prior to docking we were given Portuguese Language lessons! Portuguese has some similarities to Spanish but yet different! Portuguese use “oosh” a lot for “c” and “s”. I doubt I will become proficient, as I’m having a tough time with thank you - obrigada vs. gracias! After...

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