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Portugal Day 7: Exploring Porto

semi-overcast 81 °F

Some views of the common area in the House of Sandeman, which is a hostel with dorms as well as the suites like we are in. There is a breakfast and a dinner available in this room.
We had a quick breakfast and walked around on the southern side of the Douro, which is not technically Porto but rather Vila Nova de Gaia. This is where the port wine cellars are located, and also the original larger settlement from Roman times.
Evaporative cooling. Porto is ready to convert!
We took the gondola to the top of the Dom Luis I bridge, which we could use to get to the attractions on top of the hill in Porto.
Catherine and the Douro.
Ruins of houses as we cross the bridge.
The outside of the cathedral.
A fado group was busking outside the cathedral.
Inside the cathedral. They have daily mass and confession, but when we were there it seemed that people were just coming in and sitting down for a bit, then leaving. You could pay to get into the cloister, but we decided against it.
Views of the city as we walk around.
The famous São Bento train station, with depictions of the history of Portugal in tile around the station. It was beautiful and impressive. It is a working train station, and is thus very busy with people seeing the artwork and people getting trains.
A very nice lunch across from São Bento.
However, I was less than sure about the restroom...
Porto is a beautiful city. It’s hard to describe what it feels like, but there’s a distinct feeling created by the architecture and the types of businesses in this area.
Vestir bem, e barato, só aqui (dress well and cheap, here only.) We couldn’t find any specific business this sign related to, but it was very fitting with the rest of the signs and feel of Porto.
Walking back towards the bridge to return to Gaia. We had our Sandeman port tour at 5:30 and needed to get back in time.
Our tour guide wore the costume of the Sandeman Don, a logo that combines the traditional Portuguese student cape (which represents their Ports) with a traditional Spanish hat (which represents their Sherries).
The tour was very interesting. There are several different sizes of barrels and vats which are used to produce red, white, or tawny ports.
They also make vintage port, which is aged in bottles. The oldest we saw was from 1904.
We got to taste a white port and a ruby red port.
Some “sneaking and plotting” pictures, and some that give a good idea of what the House of Sandeman looks like.
We went to dinner at an Italian restaurant. Catherine got a pizza diavola, and Daniel got a pizza with eggplant and garlic. It was delicious, but they were too big to finish. We should have only ordered one. The dessert was also very good.
Some pictures around Gaia as we prepared to leave. It has been a beautiful stay in this city and we hope to come back again someday.

Posted by danielcatherine 09:46 Archived in Portugal Tagged signs cathedral port porto don neighborhoods sandeman

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Glad you are having such a good time. What a wonderful trip and experience. Great job on the blog! I love reading it and keep the posts coming.

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