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... from our apartment! We listened to live music and got to chat with locals before calling it a night.
The next day we climbed to the top of Torre de Clerigos, more than 200 steps to see some spectacular views of the city. We also checked out São Francisco Church, which is made entirely out of gold, and saw the catacombs where the deceased people were placed on the floor underneath us (kinda creepy!). My favorite part of the day was lunch. I tried ...
... maybe it's October, but we associate Portugal with these heave showers....and then they move on. After that we drove to a church - Bom Jesus - which is high on a hilltop with many sets of steps and chapels leading up to it where penitents would come and pray at each chapel as they climbed up all the stairs. All granite - this area is made of granite. Still raining here too, but bright where we looked at the view! Finally we drove on to a picturesque and charming town, ...
We have never been in a city that was so photogenic. It was hard to pick just a few pictures for the blog.We took a cab back to the Pousada. Our pedometer showed that we had walked 15,500 steps (6 to 7 miles).
We are leaving Porto tomorrow. Porto is much like Lisbon, but doesn’t have the frantic feel of Lisbon. It feels more relaxed. The river seems more accessible and more at the center of the city’s culture. We wish we had more time ...
... A great piece of engineering.
The site has a large basicillica normally reached on foot by a series of three stair cases.
The first were the Stations of the Cross, then a staircase of the five senses, then a set for the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity.
Then off to the birthplace of Portugal, Guimarães, which has a ...
... of the Douro make for dramatic bridge building, and great views from the top of these stratospheric bridges. We crossed on the bottom span of this two-level bridge, then worked our way through Ribeira and gradually uphill.
By the time we left the house of Henry the Navigator, born here, according to legend, in the late 14th century, the fog was yielding to sun. The route we were building had a predecessor – ...