Tag Archives: Porto

Happily surrounded

We think something went amiss, or she had a head cold. One of the two classic sculptural fountains in the small pool in Porto’s Crystal Palace Garden wasn’t spraying water as intended. Instead, a slow drip-drip-drip of water over the … Continue reading

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Snippets from Porto

Camera ready? Yes, indeed. Who knew our first photo would be of us? Students from the University of Porto were fundraising for academic projects and asked if we’d like to have our photo taken with them (for a small donation). … Continue reading

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Sunset stroll along the Douro River

We meant to take an afternoon stroll and ended up over 6 km from where we were staying and the time was past 7pm. Walk or take the bus home? Since the weather was perfect and we felt great, we … Continue reading

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(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 … Continue reading

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A leap of faith

What would you do? You’re in a foreign country, don’t speak the language, and you (really) need a haircut. Would you a) wait till you get back home, or b) find a haircutter in the foreign country and go for … Continue reading

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The camera comes with us on our daily walk

We’ve always taken a daily walk. Before we left on this trip, the walk was a prescribed route that wound through our neighborhood. We enjoyed the same walk every day, day-in and day-out, for many years. Changes in the landscape … Continue reading

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The heart of the city

On our first evening in Porto we looked out the window to see the illuminated Cathedral atop a nearby hill, with the darkening outline of the city spread out around it and below. The next day we walked up the … Continue reading

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Tasting fortified wines

Interesting trip-planning, huh? We actually planned to visit Madeira, followed by Porto, two cities renown for their historic fortified wines, and, guess what, Beth doesn’t even drink. When we arrived at our AirBnB in Madeira, a bottle of Madeira wine … Continue reading

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