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Day 2 part 2

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Ok, so I have been really slack in updating the blog.....

After our ordeal at attempting a fresh fish meal we walk over to the other side of the river and let off some steam. We decide to do some touristy type event and see the Telérifico de Gaia which takes us to the top of the Porto to the government owned barracks. We walk back into town past the Sáo Bento train station and stop in coffee and pastry (4pm). We decide to hop on a bus and head towards the Matashinos (coast) for some portuguese "fish and chips". It takes a good 25 minutes on the bus and has great views along the river on the way. We hop off shy of the Matashinos and wander through town realising that it is on 6pm by now and have to wait around 1.5 hours for a restaurant to open. Kim jumps onto TripAdviser ( thanks to our handy TEP wireless modem) and locates a restaurant not far from where we are but does not open for 1 hour. We spot a little wine bar (Bar Tolo Meu) very trendy and good looking people over 3 levels so we decide to drop in for "a snack" before dinner ...

A bottle of local Douro wine and garlic pippies ( I have fava beans and chorizo) later, we roll out to the restaurant ( Cêpa Peixe ) for some fresh fish!!! We were able to choose from a bar of freshly caught fish of the day ( sea bass and something pink ) and octopus. We asked for a side of vegetables as the typical portuguese side of chips, potatoes and rice was too much so far. Our fish arrived looking and tasting beautiful as well as our side of 3 vegetables .... 2 types of potatoes (one that I love is boiled and dressed in olive oil - it seems to soak all the way into the potato without the oil taste. Had this in Liverpool St in Sydney years ago, but not since) and steamed Kale. Well, we did get veges ...

With very full tummies we head back towards the bus with a sprint to catch the last one home just in time.

I think that at this stage we are all very tired and FULL after consuming lunch and dinner in pretty much one sitting and looking forward to a good sleep (and sleeping in).

Posted by Kimerinallanah 11:22 Archived in Portugal Tagged fish restaurant matasinhos

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