(Happily) slowed down

We slept in and then lazed around reading and writing until we realized how much time had passed, after 2pm already! Time had come for a walk, but where would we go? We studied the map and decided to start out in the direction of the nearest beach – over 6 km away.  We’d see how far we could go on foot and could always take the bus back, if we tired of walking.

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We walked through Porto for the first part of the walk and came to a scenic overview of the Douro River.

Fairly soon, we dropped downhill to the river and walked along its pathway. We passed under the Arrabida Bridge and soon came to an area teeming with birds, Observatorio de Aves. We had to stop – not from fatigue but due to opportunities for birdwatching. We spotted a grey heron, yellow-legged gulls (adults and juveniles), ruddy turnstones, house sparrows, mallards and one other species of birds that we couldn’t easily identify.

The last time we saw an Egyptian goose was in Tanzania.

The last time we saw an Egyptian goose was in Tanzania.

We enjoyed watching the birds, but we needed to move on. The sun shone, and the temperature was perfect for walking so we kept up a good pace. Before we knew it, we were at the 5 km point. We hadn’t said anything to each other, but we knew what the other was thinking: we’re approaching the place marked on the map with a mini-golf symbol.

Yes, we’d studied the map when we arrived in Porto and noted the symbols for museums, notable churches, theatres, parks, and to our great surprise, saw one symbol for mini-golf.   Now we were almost there.

2 euros each ($2.65 US) allowed us to play18 holes. The score was a tie. (Really!)

2 euros each ($2.65 US) allowed us to play18 holes. The score was a tie. (Really!)

We walked to a café hanging over the Ocean with panorama views and sipped celebratory drinks.

We walked to a café hanging over the beach with panorama views of the Ocean and sipped celebratory drinks.

The sun was dropping in the sky. We knew time had come to head back.

Wait! We came to see the beach and hadn’t yet seen what it looked like. We walked a few meters further on, gazed down at the beach, took a photo, turned around, and started back to Porto.

Wait! We came to see the beach and hadn’t yet seen what it looked like. We walked a few meters further on, gazed down at the beach, took a photo, turned around, and started back to Porto.

….to be continued with “Sunset stroll along the Douro River”

 

September 2014

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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3 Responses to (Happily) slowed down

  1. Apparently, Egyptian Geese really get around! Tanzania and Portugal!? We see them a lot in South Florida – tho they’re non-natives, of course:-) – and I saw quite a few nesting along the Yarkon River in Israel this past spring. Wonder if they’re also found in Egypt!?

  2. Did you walk all that way back again?

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