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... 1 hour by train from Porto. The main attraction here is the Bom Jesus do Monte, a church from the 1600's perched on the hill high up above the town itself. The most stunning aspect of this church is the monumental stairway leading up to it from 116 metres below. Quite the hike up but a great view. Sadly the church was undergoing repairs when we visited so half of it was covered by scaffolding. Still the staircase itself was very impressive and ...
... is a must do, especially into the cellars where French oak vats can hold up to 30,000 litres. As was explained in the Douro growing region port is rapidly being replaced by wine as a more popular choice for consumers.
Once again, as with many parts of this country, we could go on a Where's Henry? (the Navigator) tour. He was born here, there are streets named in his honour, and a large statue. But with limited time, a walking tour seemed like a good option, so we set off ...
... found ourselves 'wasting time' well, not really wasting, but we don't need too be in Barcelona till the 26th, when Steph arrives so we have 10 days or so! We calculated roughly teh cost of heading across to Southern France, and weighed it up with popping to Portugal. There were pros and cons for both...but the cheaper dorms and cheap flights led us to flying Barca-Porto on Wednesday. Not really knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised. I'd always wanted too come back ...
... account for Porto, but will list some of the highlights:
- Walking! Walking each day from our apartment to town, through parks and around the hilly streets, passing historic buildings blended with more modern structures like the Casa de la Musica, outdoor cafes and bars, big open squares (especially the huge Plaza de Libertade), and along miradors watching the sunset on the Douro
- Climbing the 225 stairs up the Torre dos Clerigos for ...
... and John & Judy Skinner from Haliburton. Judy worked for provincial corrections in Whitby so she and Mike reminisced about people they knew in the field, as well as those we know now living in our neck of the woods. They made some suggestions about places to visit when we reach the Algarve. We passed under the numerous bridges before turning around and heading out to the mouth of the river, circling back just ...