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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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PK--Lost in Europe

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

Feb 26, 2014 - Porto

We caught the bus into Porto this morning and had another day exploring - this time in fine weather. We went first to take a look at Lello’s bookstore, a beautiful old store with an amazing staircase and leadlight ceiling. From there we walked down through the town and along the waterfront, and after stopping for some lunch at a small café we DID find the Museo do Vinho do Porto and took a look around. We strolled back to the Luis l Bridge and took the funicular up to the top (€1.50 pp with our PortoCard) and walked across the top level of...

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Feb 25, 2014 - Porto

Today we caught the bus from just around the corner from the campsite into Porto; €1.85 pp one way. The 40 minute bus ride itself was an experience as we went very fast down narrow streets. We went to the end of the line to Trinidade and then got some great advice and a 48 hour Portocard for €8 each. This gives free transport around the city (except the tram) and free or discounted entry to several attractions. We went first to Clerigos Tower and climbed the 225 steps to the top (discounted entry €1 pp). It started to rain so the views were...

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Feb 13, 2014 - Estela

Still raining in the morning but not too bad now. We made our shortest trip so far moving only 17 miles up the coast to a quiet camp by the sea & away from any town. The cheeky perishers tried to charge me extra for 'Little Nelly"( Doris's trailer). We've never been asked to pay extra at any camp before so after I explained this & threatened to leave forthwith they decided to waive the charge. I wouldn't mind but we were the only motorhome on this huge camp, you'd think they would be only too glad to get a paying customer with or without a...

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Feb 12, 2014 - Vila Cha

I am reliably informed, by my wife, that Port is not a Sherry as such, so what I said yesterday about sherry casks & sherry houses etc was wrong so if anyone noticed please accept my apologies. I just assumed that port was a sherry that was called port because it was produced in Porto. Still very windy & raining & according to the local TV there is a lot of serious flooding around the low areas of Portugal. Sounds just like the reports we are hearing of the flooding in the UK. We just did a short hop of 20 miles up the coast to the North...

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