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... which we bought tickets for. Our tickets came with a free wine tasting at a local cellar, so we decided to give it a try. Neither of us had tried Port wine before, but I found the sweetness of the wine to be rather delicious!
By this time it was time to head back and pick up our friend Shannen at the airport. The three of us went to a bar that was owned by the son of the woman we were renting the room from. The bar was also conveniently ...
... we went to a town with a historic bridge - Ponte de Lima. It was very impressive and medieval looking, and is part of the Portuguese Camino, and while we were there admiring it some pilgrims passes us, with scallop shells on their packs, looking just like we did last year! Also, I must say that that moment was also the occasion of pouring rain!! Truly pouring! We had umbrellas and raincoats, but still got wet pants bottoms, shoes etc....can hardly complain. Maybe it's ...
... got tickets for the night train from Lisbon to Madrid on Tuesday. So all organized. Were met at Gaia (last stop before Porto itself, just south of the river Douro where M and M live) and Miguel was there to meet us. So good to see them! They are in a state of semi chaos - Melissa is due to have the baby in 10 days, the kitchen is gutted ...
... the rooster brings good luck but all revolve around a dead rooster that crows to prove the innocence of a falsely accused pilgrim facing the gallows. This particular shop was an artists studio rather than a souvenir outlet and the guy who ran it and made the cocks was a crack up. They were all different shapes and sizes and beautifully hand painted. Of course I had to buy a couple. He assured me they were both very tame but may become irritable if I didn't feed them twice a day ...
... and drink, laugh, and migrate 12 kilometers to the ocean with their friends and families. As the sun rises, they are half (or wholly) naked. This is a cultural celebration and dammit I wish we could be here. Maybe another year.... If (more like WHEN) we come back, we will know more about the history of the city and the Portuguese people. I know the city was built around the 1400s which was around the same time that the Portuguese and the ...