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First full day in oPorto

How did we get so lost?

sunny 12 °C
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This one will just be a quick recap of the day. I will try to come back and colour in some things and add pictures later, we are having trouble getting photos to share between phone and iPad.

On Monday, Erin, as usual was up early and walking around to get supplies. She walked down to the river and took some great photos of dawn over the bridge. She swapped pleasantries with a waiter at a cafe on the waterfront using sign-language and when he suggested it was cold this morning, used the universally recognised "meh" in response.

After breakfast we got everything out of the car and headed out along the river to find the Europcar office. Once again we missed some turns but found our way (twice as we had to go and fill the tank before returning) without too much drama. We set off to walk back to the historical centre, stopping at a supermarket for some fruit and a cafe for coffee and pastry. We were thinking about this on the walk and for the price of 2 coffees, a chocolate milk and 3 pastries (which cost us 4.60 Euros) you would not even get 2 coffees in Australia. What is going on there?

Continuing the walk we recognised some of the turns we should have taken and landmarks we should have recognised from the night before. With a map, time and daylight it all seemed so simple. How could we have gotten so lost. We made it into town via the Palacio Cristal which used to be a sporting stadium but I think now is used for conferences and exhibitions and stuff. It is set in lovely parkland with almost cliff-top views over the river.

We continued our walk into the city centre and all of a sudden found ourselves at the restaurant at which we had dinner the night before. Huh??? Having thought we had the hang of things we were once again surprised to find we were completely wrong about the relative location of the apartment and the restaurant area. Not sure what's going on there but I am sure we now have it sorted.

We stopped for lunch at a little place around the corner, again loading up on meat and headed home for an afternoon nap. At around 5 pm Erin and I took a couple of glasses of the wine the host had left for us in the apartment and went to a miradouro (lookout) at the end of our street to sip the wine and look out over the river under lights. Great holiday moment, you know you get those times where it hits you that you are in another country on the other side of the world and it is so beautiful and you look back at all the things along the way that led you to this point.

Unfortunately it was freezing and my cold was playing havoc so the romantic moment didn't last long and we headed back to the apartment. We decided that dinner would be something small at home so we went looking for a supermarket. We bought cheese and jamon iberica along with some bread, sardine paste and other goodies and had a light meal in the apartment. Erin is really starting to feel the effects of the cold (flu) and whilst she refuses to be sick I think she could be in for a rough few days.

Posted by Kimerinallanah 03:22 Archived in Portugal

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