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... of the Sandeman Port cellars. This is only one of many port brands which have their cellars here. The tour was actually really interesting and I learnt quite a bit I didn't know about port. At the end there was a tasting where we got to try 3 different kinds of Port wine. Dinner was at Mcdonalds, the porto one being the fanciest in Europe complete with chandeliers, antique furniture and tiled art work. On our second day we took a day trip to ...
... with a new green vegetable, the Portuguese call it turnip greens, looks a lot like spinach. Delicious and a welcome change from carrot and broccoli. Another attraction of Vinhas D'Alho was a Fado concert with dinner. If you are unfamiliar with Fado singing I suggest you Google it, but it is very much part of Portuguese life. Unfortunately there was a very large table of extremely rude and ignorant tourists who spoilt wonderful singing for the rest of the diners. I won't name ...
... I'd stopped in Lisbon last year, but only for a short time and I did love it, the Portuguese are a lovely nation on a whole, and very accommodating. We arrived at the hostel and within 1/2 hour we were out the door again joining the free walking tour. So turns out that J.K. Rowling spent some time in Portugal whilst teaching English and writing Harry Potter. We were staying in teh same street as the 'Majestic Cafe' where it's believed she done a fair bit of writing, and ...
... food, but I don’t think I want to eat another francesinha as long as I live!! Mikey says he is game for more!
Our drive from Porto to Lisbon went via the university town of Coimbra, where we visited the country’s oldest university (Portugal’s Oxford) founded in 1290 with its magnificent old (Joanine) library. The library is over 3 floors including the old academic prison in the basement, and the absolutely stunning shelving and ...
... was followed by a generous tasting, undertaken with my friendly Polish guide Katarzhnya. I have now realized the power of Port… Only after consuming five glasses and deciding that purchasing 60 Euro of Port was absolutely necessary… Who would have known it had 20% alcohol content???
Best part of the Day: Being able to really relax
Worst part of the day: How are three liters of Port getting home in my luggage???!