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Oct 12, 2015 - Porto & down the Douro River

Go Wallabies! We finally cracked it to see a game live! Right next door to our hotel is a bar with sport on TV so we went in bought some drinks and told them we were Aussies and asked if they would turn on the Rugby. Friendly fellows did it! What a grind of a game but great result. We have struck 2 drizzley days and have had to explore with umbrellas and raincoats. Not so pleasant in the rain 𯘓. We braved it and have seen a lot of Porto. This is a big city with the old part situated on the side of a hill leading down to the beautiful...

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Oct 12, 2015 - Porto, & Duo River

Monday 12 October 2015 The Duro River tour was a very relaxing day, not much walking spent a couple of hours in the train from Porto to a place upstream on the Duro River called Regua, where we boarded a boat for the 5- 6 hour journey return trip to Porto. The most amazing part for me was the first loch we went thru, dropping 35m. That's a big step down in one go. The next loch further down was about 14m, which most people on board did not get as excited about. We arrived back in Porto about 5:45pm, so was good to get some nice light for...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

Oct 10, 2015 - Porto, days 2 & 3, Portugal

Porto days 2 & 3 Saturday Spent most of the day exploring the centre of Porto, walked into town, and down to the river foreshore. Being Saturday there were heaps of people everywhere. Found out later that this is a long weekend in Spain, so heaps of Spaniards are in Porto this weekend too. The river foreshore was very pleasant, a steep walk there & back up to the CBD, thru a lot of narrow lanes. Steve and I found ourselves in a very dodgy lane where drug deals were going down and a number of unsavoury characters in doorways, so we high...

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Oct 9, 2015 - Averio & Porto, Portugal

Averio - Porto We took a early morning guided car tour of Averio, checking out the outer port , beach suburbs and salt mining area just outside Averio. The salt mining basically has not changed since Roman times with a series of shallow lagoons taking in sea water with the final pond being the highest in salt concentration from evaporation. Three (3) blokes shovelled out 250 tonnes of salt each season over about 4 warmest months. A lot of work, especially after the heavy rains in January damage the small bund walks so need fixing every year...

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Oct 4, 2015 - Porto

Porto, Portugal 10/4/2015 The Classic Journeys segment of our trip began today as we flew from Lisbon to the more northern city of Porto. We met our group and headed to the ocean into which the Douro River flows. We saw a fort along the shore. In the rain, as we were boarding the bus, Anne took a nasty fall and probably fractured a rib which made deep breathing painful. Since there is really nothing to do for such an injury, we continued on with the walking tour of Porto. The buildings are rather dingy from the ocean atmosphere and many are...

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Sep 11, 2015 - Day 22 Porto

I tried to book the river tour as suggested by Daniela before we left home. I made an online enquiry and received an email saying I would receive a confirmation email and someone would contact me. No confirmation email and no contact so we headed for the train station anyway as the tour was leaving from there. We stepped outside the door and it was overcast and there was either light rain or mist so we went back to get long sleeved tops...there second airing this trip. We couldn't find the tour I'd enquired about however there was another...

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Sep 10, 2015 - Day 21 Lisbon - Porto

Another early morning for me. I woke about 3am so read for a while, transferred our photos and after an hour or so, went back to sleep. Woke again about 7 and started packing for the move out of our lovely apartment. We packed, tidied and set out. I realised as soon as we'd shut the door that I'd left my hat hanging in the unit. What a tragedy; I loved my hat and its delightful daisy decorations. I guess I'll have to go back to the cap or find another hat along the way. We arrived at the train station with plenty of time. We had a coffee...

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Jun 12, 2015 - Northern Portugal

We crossed the border into Portugal, a country we had not visited in the past so we were excited to start exploring. Our first stop was the town of Caminho. Our campground was on a sandy point with the ocean on one side and the Minho River on the other side. We explored the area by bicycle and climbed a really, really steep road up a mountain that had me off my bike and walking. On top of the mountain was a small church. We later learn that in Portugal there seems to be a church on top of most mountains. Portugal is a very hilly country...

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Jun 6, 2014 - Portugal--Day 6

When we checked in, they told us breakfast would be served from 6:30 to noon. Seriously, noon. I laughed. Today, we were all moving pretty slowly. We got kicked out of the breakfast room because we were still eating breakfast at noon. Seriously. Before coming to Portugal, I knew one person. Her name is Ira and she is from Ukraine. I met her when I was volunteering at a Ukrainian camp in Kiev. When we were headed to Portugal I facebooked her and asked if we could connect with her while here. She seemed pleased to reconnect. Since I last...

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PK--Lost in Europe

Jun 6, 2014 - Oporto

Oporto is Portugal’s second largest city and is located in the north. It is bordered on the south by the Douro river and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. It is known as the center for port wine production, thus known locally at “Porto”. The historic center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site. PORTO PALACIO DAS CARDOSAS The choice of the Intercontinental hotel Porto Palacio das Cardosas was an easy one as it is located in the heart of the city on the city center plaza, it is a newly converted private palace, and we would be staying...

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Portugal/Spain 2014

Jun 5, 2014 - Portugal--Day 5

I woke up today in Aveiro. Beautiful little town. Decided it was time for some exercise. Brought my jump rope. Not pretty. After a few minutes of that, decided to take a walk. Aveiro is known for its salt harvesting from the sea. The river is teaming with boats that were once used for salt production. These days, they seem to be used for private tours for tourists. Oh well. We finally made it to Porto. It is the second largest city in Portugal, the primary business center of the country, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It truly is...

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Jun 3, 2014 - Amarante

The pretty riverside town of Amarante is one of the gems of northern Portugal. We chose to visit it for this reason and also because it had a Relais & Chateaux hotel, Cascada da Calcada, where we would be staying in the Presidential Suite. We were superbly pleased by both the town and the hotel. CASCADA DA CALCADA The Portuguese Government declared the Cascada da Calcada as a building of high architectural, historical and cultural relevance. It was built during the 16th century, to become a master palace of Count de Redondo. Photos...

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Portugal/Spain 2014

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