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Porto and Northern Portugal

The Drive:From Salamanca to Felguiras, Portugal = 3.5 hours.  From Oporto (Porto) to Felguiras = 40 minutes. If you’re flying into Porto and staying there, most of what you will want to see is within an hour from you.  The exception is the twisty Douro river which extends from Porto all the way into Spain, […]

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Fresh Coelho at Chez Lapin

Our last afternoon in Portugal, we walked leisurely along the banks of Vila Nova de Gaia, across the steely blue bridge spanning the Duoro, and down along the waterfront of Porto.  The sun warmed our shoulders and cast a magical glow on this day where we drug our feet a bit regretting that we’d ever […]

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Barcelos Market

I have this thing for markets.  Crowded with tourists and locals alike, among stalls of what not and chickens, you can find treasure, not just in the things set neatly on tables, but in the people themselves – those sweet local vendors who often make their living on what they’ll take home today.  The heart […]

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Quinta do Tedo

Two hours driving from Felgueiras.  It hardly seemed worth it at first.  After all we’d tasted port just yesterday in Porto.  But this was different.  Today we were heading to a Quinta on the river Douro, the place where Port happens, the real thing. The winding road braves the steep descent near Peso dá Régua […]

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Vila Nova de Gaia

Today was spent in “Porto”, or, more specifically, in Vila Nova de Gaia, the mirror of Porto from where you can appreciate the grace and beauty of this Portuguese city more than from within the city itself. Like Buda and Pest smiling at each other over the wide expanse of the Danube, Porto looks lovingly […]

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Esposende, Portugal

Esposende, Portugal

There isn’t much to say about this day at the beach not because it was dull, but because beaches aren’t about idle chatter.  They are about exploring, collecting, walking, listening to the crashing Atlantic waves, breathing in the salty air, and just thinking about whatever thoughts come into your consciousness. So today, at least for […]

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Braga and the Bon Jesus

I’ve grown accustomed to the reality of Sundays in Europe, that enforced “day of rest” since anything and everything will undoubtedly be closed.  The blessing of that both in Germany and Spain is that in your search for something open you rediscover the beauty of the outdoors (when weather permits) and you find yourself smiling […]

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Drive to Portugal

Drive to Portugal

3.5 hours to Portugal… may be more, may be less.  It could be construed as wise to update your GPS maps before taking an out-of-country trip.  I didn’t. The “updated maps” on the GPS of our travel companions was almost as “blond” as ours.  Brand new beautiful highways cutting through the Portuguese valleys and we […]

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