Cliphotel Gaia Porto
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The day after... Get everything out of the car, get it ready to go directly to Rio for the South America Challenge starting on Feb 14th. In between we arranged for it to be serviced in Thailand... Then pack our bags and prepare to board a midnight flight to Heathrow... Great memories of the last three weeks, of old and new frienda and of a very enjoyable event... See you in Rio next ...
... didn't trip, he collapsed which made me think stroke or heart attack but he was speaking and moving fine. Got to a walking tour that lasted the rest of the day. Saw some of J K Rowlings inspiration in a beautiful old book shop and the cloak wearing student community. We finished near the river but missed the port tasting that ran during the day on the other side. Instead we got a drink and food nearby. We were gonna go out but crashed and fell asleep ...
Lisbon!! 3hour train to Porto. I loved that the first thing I heard leaving the station was the cry of a gull. The buildings are definitely more beautiful here. The hostel is on the edge of a square surrounded by beauty. Out for a four o'clock lunch and asked for traditional Porto food. Aviva got a franhasinia; a toasty covered in melted cheese, egg, meats, drowned in a beer and tomato sauce and served ...
... and there are a lot of them.) Porto is where port wine originated so we wanted to go to a port winery while here. Once our feet were nice and tired from walking up and down hills all day, we found a port place that served chocolate with the port. That was the one I wanted to check out! It was Kopke and the port was really good. We ended up buying a few bottles of the Ruby Reserve. We both really liked it, it was different than ...
... so I suspect traffic across the river isn't as bad. Also as Porto didn't get demolished, most of the buildings still use the old black stonework from centuries ago, so the city just looks older.
Porto was nice, but I was only there for two days, and stayed in this cool cheap Hotel, which I recommend. http://www.hotelstarinn.com/
Oh almost forgot ...
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