Day 7 - Friday 4 September 2015
We had a food tour of Porto that started at 10.30am so we didn't eat breakfast & made our way to the starting point to be greeted by our guide Andre. He was very friendly and told us he was planning on coming to Australia in a few months so wanted some tips for places to go.
There were ten of us on the tour, mostly from the U.S. and also a couple from Germany. Everyone was very friendly and we hit the pavement walking around Porto. Andre was very passionate and knowledgable about food and Porto.
We went to 6 different places over 3.5 hours from bakeries to restaurants to coffee shops. Each place had a different story and all had something unique or special about them. I was scared I would get too full and wouldn't be able to finish everything so I tried to pace myself. In the end I think I could have eaten a bit more but it was all delicious. It was nice talking to lots of different people also and hearing about there lives & experiences in Portugal. It's also fun telling them about Perth, it feels like a bit of a bragging point to tell people about how hot it gets because they all think it's crazy.
It was a really great tour and we gave Andre a napkin with 10 tips for places to go in Perth when he comes.
When we finished up we wandered to a bar nearby and ordered some beers. We were sitting there chatting and this English couple gave us some bus tickets for a hop on hop off tour they had just been on. They said it was really good and that the tickets lasted until the next day.
There was another table with two ladies sitting there so we moved over and the six of us started chatting. The English couple didn't stay long but we continued chatting with the ladies (who we later learned we called Astrid & Hedy). They were from the Netherlands and Jazz bought them a drink that Andre had told us about earlier in the day - a Port & Tonic. They were delicious, definitely something I will make at home.
We stayed on at the bar for quite a while and then decided we were hungry so the 4 of us wandered to the other side of the bridge to find a restaurant to eat at. I ordered a port sangria, who knew you could do so much with Port!
We stayed there eating & drinking with Astrid & Hedy for hours. They were a bit older than us but we all got on very well. Hedy tried to convince us to go to crossfit with her in the morning.
We ordered some chorizo which they cooked on a flame at the table in front of us. We also got this bread dish with a cheese dip inside it. It kind of tasted like pizza.
As it got quite late, Astrid & Hedy said there goodbyes. In the Netherlands you kiss on the cheek three times we you greet someone so we all kissed 3 times and they headed off.
Jazz & I stayed on for another drink. We didn't have any cash left so Jazz went down the road to try & find an ATM so we could pay our bill.
We stumbled home and this Portuguese lady helped us with the key to get into our building because it was so stiff we couldn't turn it (And maybe we had slightly too much to drink) She probably thought we were really silly, we just thought it was really funny.
We had some berocca & went to sleep. The is no fly wire on our windows and a mozzy got in and bit us both during the night!