Hotel Rural Casa dos Viscondes da Varzea
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- Swimming pool
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- Free parking
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We left the ship this morning again in the company of Hugo and Pedro. Today's excursion offered by the ship included a visit to a well-known local quinta (winery) where the famous Portuguese Port wine is produced. The plan for walkers, however, was to join Hugo, Pedro, Ruth, and me on a walk through the vineyards where the grapes are produced.
Our bus wound out of the tiny, riverside village of Pinhão up a series of ...
... half way to the bottom as he doesn't do so well going down. Had a good laugh with him as we waited for our little mini Peloton to catch up. the whole group had a beautiful ride coming down a valley to ride along the Douro river to our winery hotel for the night. Those great support staff at InGamba, when we were leaving our coffee stop, slipped a can of beer into my back jersey pocket. Once we hit the valley floor, and I could sit at the back of the line, enjoyed myself ...
The bus trip up the hill today took us to the town of Vila Real, site of the extraordinary Mateus Palace - the building depicted on the Mateus wine labels. Remember when we thought we were so sophisticated, drinking this pink bubbly stuff?
I was here on my first trip to Portugal many years ago. (So you won't be surprised to hear that it only looked vaguely familiar.) I don't think the baroque-style country home built ...
We cruised this beautifully sunny morning to the town of Pinhao, enjoying the quiet of this narrow part of the river with little more than vineyards to offer. Of course, we did go through a lock, which still brings the passengers out on the deck to see the process one more time.
As soon as we arrived, we climbed on our buses and went up, up and ...
... between ports while we were 'up the hill' sightseeing.
Today we visited the Baroque Sanctuary of our Lady of Remedies in Lamego. The first chapel was established at the top of the hill in 1361. The first stone for the current shrine was laid in 1750, and completed in 1905. Many religious pilgrims climb the 686 steps from the level of the town to the shrine...on their knees. (Don climbed the ...