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Jun 18, 2018 - Day 29 - Porto 3

In the belief we have had a good overview of this lovely city and had noted and photographed most of the iconic structures we decided to take a one day trip north to the city of Viana do Castelo. This ocean port city is at the mouth of the Limia river 75 km north of Porto. We departed the apartment just before 1000 hrs and quickly cleared the city for what was an easy run. The trip was punctuated by six toll cameras recording our trip and then to send us a bill for how much we don’t know. We stopped for our first fuel stop just outside the...

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Jun 17, 2018 - Day 28 - Porto 2

We were away at 1000 hrs from our very pleasant Boavista Palace Apartment. Probably one of the nicest modern apartments we’ve ever had; definitely value for money. First task was breakfast which we found in Rua de Cedofeita at the Flaviis cafe on our way to the hop on/off bus in Avenida dos Aliados. An American girl ( and she was very much an American) and her father who were dining at the cafe and could speak Spanish helped with our selection of breakfast items. She was very outgoing and pleasant; they were celebrating father’s day. We had...

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Jun 16, 2018 - Day 27 - Porto 1

We had breakfast in our modern style hotel and then we were back to the airport (400m) at 0900hrs to pick up the car. While the service was good, it is still a lengthy process ; we were away by 0955hrs. The drive to Porto is inland on Route A1. We noted a significant difference between the rich green vegetation on gently rolling hills of France to the more rugged stony hillsides of scrub and both eucalyptus and pine trees. The road has a minimum of two lanes all the way and the 120km speed limit is only a guide for those driving, merc’s,...

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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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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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Camino Portugues

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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