Nine days in Porto

Our visit to Porto was marred by a dose of bronchitis. However barring that, Porto is one of the most pleasant cities we have visited. It was an unexpected surprise. No wonder Conde Nast named it as one of the great places to visit for 2021.

We found it very human, which is a tall order these days for travel. The people we met were genuinely friendly. For example our waiter/owner at a restaurant said as a Portuguese citizen he was not as proud of the high level of COVID-19 vaccination as he was of the fact that per capita Portugal is a world leader in donating to other countries.

Porto for pedestrians is wonderful and an easy walk.

Porto is well known for its tiles and particularly blue tiles. The use of tile originated with the Moors [Moslems] during their period of occupation of Portugal, starting in the eighth century.

The Train Station – one of the most picturesque in Europe.
Image from the Porto Train Station

Tarts, the baked type, are popular in Porto. Here Heather samples the Pasteis de Nata, a delicious custard tart, with a bit of cinnamon on top. If you care to make some [see the recipe], we’d be pleased to give an opinion about your baking.

Train stations are always worth a visit.
Porto Street Scene

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