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Porto at last.......

A very long travel day and flight

semi-overcast 24 °C

Day 1 July 12th

Our flight out of Victoria took us to Vancouver, then 9 hours to Frankfurt and finally into Porto Portugal. We arrived in Porto around 11:30 a.m. local time but 2:30 a.m. home time. We almost missed our flight into Porto because the Frankfurt airport was crowded everything ran very slowly, maybe because of German bureaucracy not efficiency. We had to clear EU immigration and they only had three windows staffed for the whole airport. Two for travelers with mega lines and one for air crews, families and disabled where there was no line up. Fred was traveling using a cane because of his bad knee so asked if he could go into the crew window and was given the ok. We then ran into the most troublesome security check. Although Fred supports being thorough, he had everything dumped out of his backpack because, in Germany, they consider toothpaste and stick deodorant to be liquids when traveling and they have to be in their own special little plastic pouches. After running/hobbling for what seemed to be several kilometers to our gate, we made it just as they were closing the doors.

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We were fortunate to find a very friendly and helpful cab driver at the airport to take us to our lodgings. Sasha, Dave, and Lucas will be joining us tomorrow so Sasha booked us an apartment close to the old town. It’s small and quaint but a great location very much part of the city life. We were very tired most od today.

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Portugal it seems has a different plug than the rest of Europe so despite Fred’s research our power cords wouldn’t work. We headed off up the street in search of an electronics store. Up the street was the main drag of the historic district, a pedestrian mall busy with tourists from all over the world and all the fridge magnets one could possibly want. Lots of sales on summer clothes, baked goods to tempt, and sidewalk cafes that were serenaded by a variety of street music. The need for sleep to was too great so back to the apartment for a short nap and then out for pizza and beer and a stroll across the bridge that spans the Duoro River.

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Posted by fredgailmiller 13:29 Archived in Portugal

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