Porto, Portugal

Porto Douro River View

Porto Douro River View

Porto, Portugal was built along the Douro River in northern Portugal.  This view is of the oldest section, Riberia, which is largely dedicated to the port wine and tourist industry.  The bright yellow billboard near the center of this photograph is the Sandeman trademark of one of these wines.
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Sardine Festival; Opening Day (almost)

Lisbon Moon Set

Lisbon Moon Set and a section of the 25th of April Bridge, view from our rental balcony.

We do not do an extensive amount of research regarding the places we visit.  Lisbon, or Lisboa, was on our list of places to visit, so off we went, arriving June 13.  As luck would have it, this was the second day of the biggest annual celebration in Lisbon, the Feast of St. Anthony, the patron saint of Lisbon, AKA The Sardine Festival.  Our cab driver was very excited about the evening events and all the balconies were brightly decorated.
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Funchal, Maderia Island, Portugal

Funchal on the island of Madeira, Portugal was our first stop after seven days at sea.  It is our favorite port so far.  The sidewalks are not cement, rather designs made with black and white rocks, just as they were in the Portuguese city of Macau, China.  Many flowers were in full bloom including tall purple trees.  A lot of their culture showed through with their colorful doorways and brightly painted buildings.

Toboggan Ride, Funchal Style

One of our favorite cities so far was Funchal, on the Island of Madeira, Portugal.  We made our way across the beautiful town, over the black and white stone inlaid sidewalks, listening to unique street musicians, to a an aerial tram that took us high in the mountains overlooking the city.  After visiting the botanical gardens, downing a cold local brew and visiting a church, the question was how to get back down to the boat?  The answer was a toboggan ride down the steep, narrow streets.  Two Portuguese men pushed the toboggan off the summit and then jumped on the back of the vehicle.  They would jump off and pull the toboggan over the slower sections, then hop back on for the ride.  At the end they would very forcefully suggest that a tip was in order and then sell you a photograph.  All in all, a great experience….Toboggan pull