Solar Dos Marcos
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... sometime. What a gem it is too. The location is very rural, set in a wooded valley, with informal pitching on terraces so you definitely don't feel cramped. The peace and tranquility is only shattered by the chimes from a local church on the hour and half-hour, birdsong and people chatting. Although Dutch-owned, the site is managed by a lovely couple - Lidia and Jorge - who supplied us with a welcome drink at the bar and ...
... what a good value travel destination Portugal is. My
room cost me 25 Euros and was in a nice modern hotel. For dinner I had the
local specialty, Posta da Vitella (veal steak), as part of a three course meal
with wine for 15 Euros.
Except for the gorge cut by the Douro River and smaller
gorges of its tributaries, the central and eastern parts of Tras-Os-Montes
province are very pretty rolling ...
This morning after breakfast we did NOT get on a bus, but spent the time in the lounge gazing at the gorgeous scenery that slipped by. This is one of the pleasures of river cruising, and offers an opportunity to chat with some of your fellow passengers, or read your book, or watch the world go by. Because of the short length of the Douro river, there wasn't much time ...
... there for awhile while the ship's crew peered over the side of the boat. We were not concerned until we heard the ship's pianist (morning lounge entertainment) playing the theme from Titanic! Oh oh!
What had happened was we had pulled over to the side of the channel to allow another boat to pass in the other direction and obviously got a little too close to shore. The capitan used the side thrusters and engines ...
Some asides regarding the trip so far. We spend each night tied up to a dock. Night traffic on the river is not allowed. Not a problem as far as we are concerned. The river is not that long so we never have far to go the next day.
Do you know where cork comes from? Turns out it is the bark of a local tree. After 25 years you can peel off the bark from the cork tree and process it for all sorts of things. We have seen hats, belts, wallets, and purses made ...