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Oct 8, 2018 - Porto - Lorna arrives and dynamics of trip change, for the better

Today was a slow day, time to regroup and get organised for our big hike. Train tickets to be organised, changed accomodation etc.so became acquainted with my new neighbourhood and waited with great excitement for Lorna to arrive. This Guesthouse is amazing, absolutely love it although being out in one of the suburbs not quite so convenient as the great little hotel I was staying in before. Lorna and I almost have a ballroom to share, such a spacious room. It was great to see her finally arrive this evening and if the truth be known, I have...

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Oct 8, 2018 - Love Porto, my knees not so much

OCTOBER 4th - Last night was a bit loud around here. Porto was playing a Turkish team in a Champions League match and there were fans everywhere yesterday. Apparently, Porto won 1-0 and they celebrated well into the next am. We could hear the chanting even at 5:30 this morning, so sleep was difficult, and we have an early start today as we are on our River boat tour. As I said in previous post we are really loving Porto, but my knees do not. My goodness they have a lot of stairs. It seems where ever you turn there they are. You go up to go...

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Oct 7, 2018 - Porto - been there, done that, time to move on.

Yep, just cooling my heels as I wait for Lorna to arrive from Ireland so we can start our Camino. I am looking forward to her company, I’ve been travelling on my own for over a week now and missing personal company. Although I did meet an interesting man over my lunchtime beer today (Wendy please make up a spare bed at Laurieton (Cameron away hiking the Himalayas at present) as I invited Bill to visit me in Australia and offered him a bed at Laurieton), Bill from New Jersey, USA however he was a refugee from Lithuania (a very interesting...

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Oct 6, 2018 - Porto - ohh I do love to be beside the seaside .....

Yes, a Saturday, weekend and my favourite day of the week, so I decided to take myself off to the beach for the day as I knew Porto would be frantically busy today. However, first I did what every good tourist does in Porto and hopped on a river cruise to check out the 7 bridges. I chose early morning before the crowds arrived and was treated to some lovely reflections on the water. It was great to see Porto from the water and all round, it was a good start to the day. The weather is slowly cooling, morning and nights are quite cool however...

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Oct 5, 2018 - Porto - where it all happens, all at once, just the way I like it

The highlight of my day today was chatting to Maddie on What’s App. I miss her soooo much and she was so sweet this morning. She did mention the fire twice but seemed more content to show me her new Barbie doll car and barbie dolls, and was very busy building a castle with LEGO whilst talking to me. She tells me she will sleep in her new bed (no more cot) in her new house and wear big girl undies in her new house, no more nappies. See you soon Maddie. Bon Voyage Cameron, you are now on your way to Kathmandu for your extreme hiking...

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Oct 4, 2018 - Porto - ambience, character, colour, music, personality and fun!

Porto, well if it’s good enough for Chris Niven (certainly a well renowned traveller) it’s certainly good enough for me! I knew I was going to enjoy Porto, Chris raved about it and so did a Bruce and Margaret, now it’s at last my turn. I’m staying in a little hotel right in the centre, a great little place, about $40 cheaper than Madrid and a bigger and better room. Not only that, but Lorna will be pleased to know that the free shampoo suits my laundry much better, I now smell more of aloe vero than violet lavender, a vast...

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Oct 4, 2018 - Have I told you how much I love Porto

OCTOBER 1st - And so, we are off to our next adventure …. Portugal and Morocco. A per usual I will start with the travel adventures but let me just say “I LOVE PORTO”. Thanks to Helen we arrive in plenty of time for our first leg Penticton to Vancouver, now knowing that what was a tight 49-minute connection is now over 1.5 hrs … good old Air Canada... finally a delay in our favour. At least this way we had time for a coffee. It also cuts our long layover in Toronto by almost an hour so that is good news. As is typically of the Toronto...

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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 - 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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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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