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... the waterfront promenade. A great place to sit for a drink and take in the view . We took a boat cruise along the Duoro for one hour, travelling under the many bridges which connect Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia on the other side. From here we had a great view of the hillside and the cable car and funiculars surrounding it. We had a lovely lunch right on the waterfront and enjoyed the sunshine. After lunch we took a tour of the Palácio da ...
... Igreja dos Carmo and Igreja dos Carmelitas. Historically one was used by the rich of the city, one by the poor. Sao Bento Railway Station was another feast of azuljos depicting the history of the city. Our guide explained that many of the buildings in Porto were once owned by the church, in fact at one stage you could not stay here unless you were Catholic. Many previous palaces are now used as commercial buildings. An imposing, quite daunting prison is now used as a contemporary ...
... did have a beer though! The next day we were up and out early so as too get some photos of the staircase. It's asked that no photos be taken during the day as they have over 1000 people come in a day, and do not sell near 1000 books so they also sell some photos/magnets/souvenirs however u are welcome to pop in between 9am-10am and take all the photos you like! We also done the second, morning walking tour which we learnt about the other half of the city, now I can't quite ...
... is art in itself.... a bunch of tiles/murals painted by an artist in the early 20th century, resembling the history of Porto and Portugal.
Amanda and I decided to wander this area for a while. We have seen purses and wallets made from cork - very original and gorgeous style. Very grainy, intricate patterns with lots of Character. It feels like leather but is not. So we wandered from store to store - being on the verge of ...
... friends, some of whom we had met the night before. We said hi, then pretty much headed straight down to what we had come for... The pool!!! We jumped in, it was amazing. It's been a while since we last went swimming, it was so nice and refreshing, especially after the crazy hot weather we'd been having here! We stayed in for ages, having a joke and a laugh with each other, and eventually, as we were starting to think about getting out, we watched a ...
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