Oct 312009

Just passing through

  • faded and magnificent
  • tired and vibrant
  • many stores – bookshop, restaurants, bakeries in family for generations
  • loved the food – fantastically seasoned salmon at a the Brazilian joint next door, the savory pastries so good at the neighborhood bakery (Padaria Ribeiro, Praca de Guilherme Gomes Fernandes 21, founded 1920s) I went back and got some to share with Guylene in France, FRESH VEGETABLES at all meals, after lovely soup and salad lunch desert of practically perfect baked apple…
  • being a waiter is important, white jackets, NO self service.
  • much as I like Porto, I find I am exhausted. Hard to decide where to start when there is SO much. Huge section of town a world heritage site
  • 30 old port wine cellars on the opposite side of the river
  • One of the most amazing bookstores in the world – Livaria Lello/ Lello & Irmão.
  • comforted when saw arrows marking the camino portuguaise (the pilgrims route to Santiago that goes through Portugal). Someday I’ll come back and follow them!
  • the tiles on the buildings. Each building delineated from the next by different tiles. I love them but they are barely visible under layers of city dirt.
  • smoke from chestnuts roasting on the street corners. Hot chestnuts delicious.
  • Everyone in the streets till late at night – including children in Halloween costumes
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  2 Responses to “Quick Porto Impressions – 30 & 31 Oct”

  1. I have enjoyed your journey. Thanks for the adventure!

  2. Great to have you with me!

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