Wonderful city tour with a wonderful guide, Fatima this morning.
First a drive through the city.
Then we were first at The Stock Exchange.
This is a fairly ordinary building from the outside but absolutely spectacular inside.
It is hard for the photos to do it justice.
Fatima was a lady about my age with a very dry sense of humour.
We walked into one room with magnificent brass and gold chandeliers.
Each one weighs many, many kilos.
As we are standing under these gazing up, learning the history, she is explaining that Porto has never had an earthquake but, you never know ...
'So move along, move along ...'
In another absolutely amazing reception room she was telling us that she did a tour with a German group once ...
Apparently, the words, in German, for 'reception' and 'conception' are very similar.
So she was telling this German group that the last people to have a private reception in this room were Margaret Thatcher and the King of the Congo.
She said there was just stunned silence.
Wonderful walking tour by the river and then into a small shop to see a demonstration of the making of the filigree jewellery.
Then onto the tour of the Ferreira Cellars.
A very famous Portuguese Cellar, and tasting of lovely white and red ports.
We had a group photo taken in front of enormous wooden barrels.
This was fun and a beautiful place.
Back onto the bus and back into the centre of Porto for several hours free time.
Tiago directed us to the Bookshop, Livraria Lello.
One of just a few listed as 'special' bookshops in the world.
Rated by Lonely Planet and The Guardian.
The bookstore was frequented by JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, when she taught English in Porto and is reported to be an inspiration for her writing.
When you see the staircases, you can understand why.
I really loved this.
So disappointed that I couldn't find a very small book to put in the case.
( My case appears to be getting a bit full. ...Probably all those shirts!)
Off for a river cruise and dinner now.
Back from the wonderful river cruise and absolutely wonderful dinner!!!
First the bus drive to the river.
Onto the boat and a 50 minute cruise up and down the river so we could see the five wonderful bridges and all the sights of old Porto from the water.
I was sitting right up the front ...
( Bow, to you seafaring folks.)
So I had a great view of everything.
Just in case you were wondering ..
I do tend to be close to the front on the tours ...
Don't want to miss anything.
( and possibly, the Energiser Bunny is making an appearance now and then.)
And a glass of port to set the mood.
( Still prefer Schnapps.)
Then a very short walk through the diners on the shore to a tiny little restaurant for dinner.
What a great night!
So much fun.
Absolutely no room to move and great food!
A perfect night!
Surprisingly to some perhaps, re food, I have been trying everything ...
The last few meals have been a surprise.
And tonight I had ordered 'Hare' as per the recommendation.
( To experience the culture, we have been advised to stop 'eating with our mind.'
... Works for me.)
You're proud, aren't you Emily?
Anyway, fabulous night.
In the bar typing.
Adding photos now.
Finding religion tomorrow.