Foi bom

Just came back from a week’s holiday in Portugal. It has been a habit for the past few years to go and visit different places at the beginning of September. This year Portugal was on the cards.

Day 1 – Travel to Porto

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Fortunately there is a direct flight to Porto from home (Carcassonne). Unfortunately it is with Ryanair although I must say in this case there was nothing to moan about and we arrived on time at our destination.

I use to travel for business to Porto regularly 30 years ago till about 15 years ago. Never had the real opportunity to really visit the place though. In any case the airport certainly has changed and grown and appeared to be working efficiently. Getting the reserved in advance car hire went fairly quickly.

Drop our luggage at the hotel and started exploring the town. You need to be fairly fit as it is going up and down.

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Not a bad central train station

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Walking down to the Douro river  to find a place to drink and eat

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Day 2 – Porto

Over the years, we have found that taking one of those “hop on – hop off” sight seeing bus tours is an idreal way to get your bearings in a new city. And indeed this is what we did.

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We left the bus when we reached the ocean and walked all the way back to the town centre. The coast is still pretty wild.

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There is a good old tram system with a couple of very famous lines. So famous you will be lucky to get a sit on one of them.

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In the evening and as planned I was really pleased to meet up with my friend Cristina. We had not seen each other for over 10 years. Dinis (her husband) and her took us out out and treated us to a superb fish restaurant.

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Day 3 – Porto to Nazaré

Day 4 – Nazaré to Lisbon

Day 5 – Lisbon

Day 6 – Lisbon

Day 7 – Lisbon to Porto

Day 8 – Travel home

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