08.03.2012 - 10.03.2012
NOTE; FOR WHATEVER REASON, LAST BLOG ENTITLED, BOOK FOUR, PARTS OF EUROPE, TURKEY AND MOROCCO, DID NOT AUTOMATICALLY GET SENT TO MY LOYAL READERS. IT FOCUSES ON LISBON, PORTUGAL. PLEASE CHECK IT OUT ON TABLE OF CONTENTS.
After a great week in Lisbon, we took the three hour train to Oporto, which, you guessed it, is THE place for Port wine. It was an amusing city to spend a couple of days. Much more run down and poorer than the capital, it is full of old buildings and warehouses with many places to wander.
There are far fewer tourists here and the place has a much more provincial feel than Lisbon, which has much better food. Our small, spotlessly clean guest house was run by a woman who spent 25 years in France and barely gave us the time of day. We didn't feel particularly welcome, especially after Bruno's Lisbon Story. However the port wine cellar tours were fun. Many of the wineries date back to the 1700's. Port is actually consumed far more by the Brits than the Portuguese and always has been. The wine is stronger and sweeter than most, but nevertheless it was a kick sitting outside tasting and gazing at the river and bridge below.