Porto, Portugal // tiles and port and sunshine
Portugal, you already had my heart and then we arrived in Porto and at that point you were just showing off. Sun, tiles, color, water, you've just got it all, don't you? We discovered in Porto that we have an affinity for port cave hopping. It's like bar hopping but it just sounds so much more sophisticated. The affinity for the port cave hopping didn't necessarily translate into an affinity for port, though. At least for one of us. J ended up with a lot of half-finished glasses on top of his servings at all the tastings. We spent most of the afternoon and evening across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia where all the caves are located, and soaked up some beautiful views of the old town. The Cálem cave had a Fado concert included in their tour. Day two in Porto began with a food tour of the best variety. (Rick Steves attended a couple weeks prior! can you imagine that tour?) Our guide, Andre, took us around to his favorite spots around the city, and this guy, he's got good taste. Not only was the food (covering all meals of the day) AMAZING but we got tidbits of the history of the meals and the city along the way.. plus wine. We even went back to one if his recommended restaurants that he couldn't fit on the tour for dinner that evening for one of our best meals of the trip. By the end of the week, we were strangely ready to go. Well, we were ready to be home with our own products and pillows and sleep in one bed. I don't think I'll ever get the two bed system in Europe. We agreed it was just the home thing because Portugal was magical and we could easily consider it home one day. Also, I think it was the hills. And probably the port.