I recently spent a long weekend in Porto with friends. As you can see, it was beyond beautiful:
We spent time at the beach and in the city, walking over 25km in two days. We also got the perks of being shown around by a local - seeing all the sights, eating great local/traditional food and learning about the city . Places of interest included:
Speaking of tiles, I became a bit obsessed with them on this trip. Buildings are covered in them! There were so many shades of blue and a mix of traditional patterns, subway tiles and full on historical scenes (as seen at the station).
There was also graffiti all around the city, in lots of different styles. In a way it reminded me of Bristol, a place very close to my heart. Below were some of our favourites. They ranged from cartoon to super realistic and some pieces were on such a huge scale they took up whole sides of buildings.
Food and drink
There was rather a lot of this! Obviously, you can't go to Porto and not sample some Port. We went on a tour and tasting at Calem, one of the many Port producers in Portugal. The grapes are grown in vineyards up the Douro river, and from photographs the area looks absolutely beautiful. Perhaps on the next visit we will take a trip up the river to see the vineyards and try some more Port!
We were lucky to be staying with our friend Maria and her mum, who fed us very well indeed! For breakfast we feasted on fresh bread, local jams, pastries, fruit and yoghurt. Sunday lunch was chicken stew (I had a tasty mix of vegetables with garlic and curry powder) with more of that delicious rice, plus salad and bread. This was followed by not one but two homemade desserts. No wonder I had such a good nap on the plane home!!
All in all in was a brilliant weekend with good food and good friends - I couldn't have asked for more.