Published: March 17th 2011March 16th 2011
Here we are First Flight
We have arrived. After 21hrs and three flight changes, we are doing well.
The kids had a blast on the first flight but then, you know... (are we there yet?). It is inevitable.
Kevin will give you his side of the story, here is mine.
I count my falling down the stairs and spraining my ankle a great blessing. Because we never could have gotten around without the help of the staff at all the airports.
We arrived on the 16 of March 12:30 local time. Seeing the roof tops mad me cry with joy. I know that sounds weird, but hey (maybe lack of sleep?). We took the subway into Porto. Funny, English people call the city Oporto, but here that means one is going to Porto. Once we got off the metro, were soon lost. We looked like a mule pack, each one with a suitcase in single file going up and down the avenue.People thought we were crazy. But with a lot of inquiries, we soon found our place,the Reidencial Solar da Avenida. Great.
The hotel is a late 18th century building, but totally modern. Our room has two singles beds and one double bed, perfect.
for a walk to stretch the legs, looking for something to eat and to get our bearings.We came to the Mercado De Bolâo. This market lies in a 19th –century wrought –iron building, it is the oldest market in Portugal. As you can imagine, they sell everything under the sun. The smell of fresh fish in the air was intoxicating and, the fresh veggies... all I can say is wow.
We strolled down some more and found all the Pastry shops and one café called Chafariz da Trindade. The ladies were great and the food simple but very good. After we went for dessert and a Bica of espresso. You should have seen the sour face the barista gave me when I told him that we did not take sugar in our coffee. After that, what else could you do but go shopping, and shop we did for wine and other things. At casa Nata, I bought three bottles of wine, one of them port, all for 15.00euros, great price. It was a small little shop that sold everything you can think of. But, oh the real wine shop down the street, they have wine that cost 400 hundred euro
and over(not a joke) I only took Pictures of the place. It was called A Favorito Do Bolão.
The kids wanted to do some shopping and we got some good deals on high-tops runners, 7euro each. Even with the exchange rate prices are not that bad. Today we are going on a big walking tour If we can get to sleep.It is 4am and the kid and I can not sleep, but Kev is sawing logs.
Let me tell you trying to figure this computer system here is not easy, but that is how it go´s.
There are more photos below