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So my mom and I finally arrived at the much talked about Portuguese city of Porto, on the river Douro, which is on the Atlantic coast, in the (so far) beautiful country of Portugal. We flew in from Rome Ciampino airport (very, very small and dingy... not the nicest airport, but we had a nice snack and coke to while away the time) at around midnight …
... menacing, big deep and black…waiting to shed their droplets, but alas they never did. I was hoping for a brief shower to cool things off a little…but relief only came in the form of water from a plastic bottle.
From the river we took the funicular at the base of the Louis I bridge backup to the shopping district. In no mood for shopping, we made our way to the Train station to get a look at the tile “painting” (not ...
... We arrived at the new marina in the river Douro which is not too far from Porto. The marina is near a very pleasant fishing village which we explored in the afternoon.
The next day (Saturday) we wanted to take a local bus to Porto but there were very few so we decided to walk there.
Explored Gaia (where all the port distilleries are) and then took the cable car to the top of ...
... on the top section with its panoramic views of the city and the river. Across the bridge we found a little park on the top of the hill and settled in to relax and read the kindles for a while until it completely clouded over and got cold prompting us to have no other choice but to head down to the river and check out the old Port caves.
Obviously no trip to Porto is going to be complete without some Port, so we walked along the riverbank and went into Sandemans Port cave ...
... the area was
amazing. I cant describe the unique character this area had and I truly felt
like I was taken back in time to a small port city in the 1700’s. The thing I love
most about Porto is it is not polluted by tourists and we could really
understand the way people live here. We decided to take a boat ride up the
river underneath the bridge, it really made me think about how happy I am and
how blessed I am to be on an adventure with two amazing ...