AC Hotel Porto by Marriott
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... with those coming down, tricky to do in tight quarters! The reward for the climb is a breathtaking view of Porto, the Douro River, and the Atlantic Ocean...truly a stunning view! From the tower, we headed to one of the most stunning bookstores I have ever seen: Livraria Lello. The bookstore is such a popular tourist destination that there is a short line just to get in. The intricate carved wood ceilings and curved staircases made us want to linger, but ...
... to go in. We shared a tasting and got to see their barrels. The barrels are absolutely massive. We did a guided tour of Ferriera's and learnt a lot more about the port making. We loved the idea of a vintage bottle to take home, especially when we learnt 2005 was an excellent year for vintage. Unfortunately it was too difficult with shipping, but we will keep looking around to see if we can find one. After a lot of port and feeling a little tipsy, we had planned to eat lunch. But because ...
... sure that in better weather it feels like heaven.
Zach stayed with me until the early afternoon, when he headed back to Coimbra. That left me with a whole afternoon and no plans. So what did I do? I headed back to the port houses. After a couple more tours and a couple more samples, I started to wonder how easy it would be to get a job in Porto and stay near the port houses ...
... from our apartment! We listened to live music and got to chat with locals before calling it a night.
The next day we climbed to the top of Torre de Clerigos, more than 200 steps to see some spectacular views of the city. We also checked out São Francisco Church, which is made entirely out of gold, and saw the catacombs where the deceased people were placed on the floor underneath us (kinda creepy!). My favorite part of the day was lunch. I tried ...
... each. Porto certainly is a place where you can stretch your dollar.
On Thursday morning I presented my paper in a lecture hall in front of about 20 attendees. The event went for a breadth of presenters rather than a depth so it meant they had to squeeze a lot of sessions into similar time slots. I think the conference moving forward would do well to have a fifth day so that more people would have a chance to see each other's ...