Day 8 - Saturday 5 September 2015
We had set our alarm as were up late on Friday night and needed to wake up early to go on our tour of the Geres National Park.
I woke up before the alarm though as I heard my phone vibrating from across the room. I went over and had missed calls from my mum & brother as well as various messages. My grandad had passed away the night before.
My mum said "To live to 91 and keep your wits about you and then to die in your sleep is something we should all aspire to". Which I think is very true.
I was feeling very distressed when I called my family to speak to them.
After the call it took me a little while to calm down so we decided to cancel the tour and have a rest day instead. We caught up on some sleep that we needed. We eventually got out of bed and walked next door to a small cafe and ordered cake and expressos. The cake was incredible but didn't fill us up so we went to a place called Santa Francesina. They specialised in these delicious sandwiches called Francesina's that have sausages, ham cheese and chilli tomato sauce on them.
Grandad loved Guinness so we wanted to go somewhere and have a drink for him. My mum & sister had done this earlier and I thought it was a nice idea. We asked one of the guys at Santa Francesina where we would find an Irish pub and he looked it up on his map and gave us the directions. We walked there but it was so smokey inside we new we couldn't stay so we ordered our pints of Guinness to have take away so we could go sit in the fresh air by the river instead.
There was lots of boats going past, cute little Portuguese boys jumping off the bridge into the water and hundreds of fish swimming close to the surface. We sat there for a long time looking out over the water.
After we finished our drinks we went walking along the river and down the street, just admiring the city and taking it easy.
We had made a booking at a restaurant called ODE Porto Wine House the day before. It was the #1 restaurant on trip adviser. That wasn't until 9pm so we had some time to kill. We found a bench by the river and sat watching the people go by for a long time. Throughout the day we saw (we think) 4 different hens day celebrations! When we were sitting on the bench one group of them was near us taking photos of themselves by the water as the sun was setting. They were posing and taking selfies. They even stopped multiple passers by to take group photos of them. It was funny to watch.
When it was time for dinner we wandered up to the restaurant. It was in a very old building and we were up some creaky stairs on the first floor. There were only 6 tables up stairs so it was very quiet. I asked the waiter for some suggestions so we both ordered from these. For mains I got slow cooked octopus and Jazz got a pork dish. The food was amazing and the service was fantastic. The waiters all spoke very good English and I think it was mostly tourists in the restaurant.
After dinner we caught a taxi home and went to bed. Despite sleeping for so much of the day we were very tired.