Tuesday 21 June … Porto

We are going to the Loire Valley’, she said, ‘The Loire??? .. The Douro!!!’he said …. (at the train station)

What a day … we spent the morning working out plan A and Plan B for tomorrow … there is a scheduled train strike for the next few days. We are expecting to travel by train along the Douro Valley tomorrow … eek … there is a bus option. So we spent the morning at the trains station and bus station getting timetables etc.

All is not lost we managed to get a coffee and Portugese Tart at the best place here … rode along the river to the sea, then back over the bridge to Giai. Not before walking down Rua das Flores (flower street). It is considered the most beautiful street in the centre of Porto.

A lovely meal at a local restaurant. It’s been a very mild day with the weather, cloudy with intermittent very light showers, not enough to bother with raincoats. Porto is one of the wettest cities in Portugal … so we were told.

What a wonderful boozy afternoon … we started off at Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau, a lavish shop that sold cod fish cakes and port … very overpriced but we haven’t done anything like that before … the cod fish cakes and port were nice. The setting was lovely. Further on we saw a wine outlet advertising free Fado music a lovely hour listening to the live singer and sipping a bottle of rose. Later on just as we were about to head back to Porto a tiered garden … popular for sunset viewing .. a busker was playing. We finished the bottle of rose while listening to guitar playing to 70’s music and admiring the ‘pinch yourself moments’ of Porto on the other side of the river. It’s been cloudy all day so sunset was not going to happen.

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