This year when thinking about Jim's birthday I decided to plan a long weekend getaway. After many hours debating over locations and things Jim liked to do... Golf in Scotland, drink beer in Germany... I decided we should check out a place new to both of us, and since we'd be going on late March, preferable warmer than Geneva. I settled on Port tasting in Portugal. Jim seemed really excited when I told him about the trip on his birthday. Just one week later we were flying off to sunny Porto, Portugal.
A 2 hour flight from Geneva, Porto is in in the northern part of Portugal. The city lies on the banks of Douro river, which played a very important role in the manufacture and exportation of Port wine.
The agenda was to spend two nights in Porto, then drive about an hour east into the Douro river valley and spend two nights there before heading back home.
After picking up the rental car and getting downtown, we celebrated the start of the trip with beer and grilled meats. Yumm! Then we checked into our hotel, which had the most amazing original detail on the ceiling. Then we headed out to Porto and explored the city for a few hours.
|Lost my sunglasses in Verbier, doh!|
|building across the street|
|Church of Saint Ildefonso|
|Livraria Lello (bookshop)|
|Carmelitas Church on the left, Carmo Church on the right|
Things I learned while walking Porto.... it has to be one of the hilliest cities in the world. Every where we walked, we went up and then down. Up and down. I felt really bad for people with strollers because there are also an incredible amount of stairs. No. 2. there are ridiculous number of churches. Practically one on every corner.
Our agenda for day 2 was a little more walking and sightseeing and then an afternoon of Port tasting.
|another new Fanta|
|overlooking the river Douro|
|Front door to our hotel|