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Portugal Day 2 July 13/19

After a bit of sleep in, it was off to find some breakfast. Across the street from us are stairs that wind down about 2 blocks to the river, edged on both sides by historic apartments in a variety of states of repair. We settled on a small cafe overlooking the river with fresh squeezed orange juice and excellent coffee.

Following the Frommer,s guide walking tour we headed along the waterfront stroll, probably the only flat part of Porto, and then headed uphill to our first church of the day, a huge Gothic one built in the late 1300’s. Under the church is huge catacomb where thousands of people were buried until the mid 1600’s when burials in churches was banned..

Continuing up the hill we came across a body painting exhibition and then headed up to Rue de Flores, another pedestrian mall. Lots of tourist shops interspersed with local craft shops lined the street now getting busy with tourists. Off the main streets of Porto are very narrow side alleys that wind up the hill with apartments and shops on both sides.

Sasha, Dave and Lucas arrived mid-afternoon with tales of their adventures over the past week in Portugal. We left Fred behind and headed out for a visit to another huge church just down the street and then for a wander through the narrow winding streets and up and down the stairways Since the morning walk, the waterfront had filled with tourists, vendors, and buskers. Quite a different feel from the quiet breakfast we’d had earlier.

Dave and Sasha found a Portuguese restaurant for us for dinner. Out of the 8 dishes we tried, only the salad was anything we would find at home Once dinner was happily gobbled up we headed off again through the alleys and streets back to our apartment.

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Posted by fredgailmiller 14:09 Archived in Portugal

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