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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto August 31st 2009

Hola Portugal and Pavoa de Vazim. We left Bayona on the 31st of August with the harbour starting to show signs of a big Atlantic fog rolling in. Sure enough it continued to fill and soon we were heading along very cautiously, eyes paying particular attention to our radar, G.P.S and having Luke and Debs up on the bow keeping a lookout with eyes and ears peeled. We got past Cape Silleiro, the western most point of the Ria de Vigo and after clearing the rocks off the cape we turned south to Portugal. At least our course was easy once we reached our turning waypoint. Simply point the boat at 185’ magnetic and set the auto pilot. As the fog was still thick we continued to plot our position, speed and course in case our ... read more
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First glimpse of Portugal
Pavoa de Vazim

Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto August 22nd 2009

To Conclude a very successful tour to Portugal by the Bristol Oporto Association, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Peace Treaty between these two great Cities, a farewell dinner was held at the Trés Séculos restaurant in Taylor's portwine Lodge. Starting with aperitiffs served on the veranda, overlooking the Ponte Luis 1 bridge and the Douro river, it proved to be a beautiful setting. After a few photographs were taken in the gardens, to help us to remember this special occaision, dinner was served and the portwine flowed! Attended by 58 members from Both of the Associations ..... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A letter from the Lord Mayor of Bristol read out at the Dinner on the final evening of the Bristol Oporto Association visit Please accept our sincere be... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto August 7th 2009

It was a 3 hour train ride to Porto from Lisbon. We checked in at the hotel and decided to head for town. We walked down the shopping street to the water in search of a late lunch. We found a collection of restaurants in sight of the river, went up to the nearest and got blanked by the waiter. We just keep walking to another one. Totally amazing simple meal. The kitchen was wiped out from lunch so all they could offer was a Portuguese fire sausage, bread, olives and beer. We went for it. The sausage came raw on skewer with a ceramic cooking grill. They fill the grill with alcohol cooking fluid, light it and then you cook it yourself. Amazing sausage. We speak to our waiter about lunch tomorrow and he gives ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto July 12th 2009

Visita Comemorativa do 25º Aniversário do Tratado de Amizade celebrado a 11 de Abril de 1984 entre as Cidades de Bristol e Porto, pelos membros da Bristol Oporto Association É com a maior satisfação que vos enviamos algumas das muitas expressões de regozijo, e agradecimento, demonstrados por membros da Oporto Bristol Association após a recente visita ao nosso país, quando das celebrações do 25º aniversário do tratado de Amizade entre as cidades geminadas de Porto e Bristol. Dear Peter and Anabela, Sorry for the delay in writing to you but on behalf of BOA our warmest thanks for a wonderful visit. It must have taken a lot of arranging but everyone has said what a wonderful time they had and it was great to meet so many members of your Association, at the Camara, in your ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto July 1st 2009

So the last thing you read was that we were stranded in Barcelona airport after our flight to Madrid was delayed by 5 hours which was going to mean we were going to miss our connecting flight to Porto. A few things happened since then though. As I said I spoke to an extremely rude Ryanair staff member who informed me that Ryanair was in no way responsible for delays, missed connections or anything resembling customer service and that I had to wait until 2 hours after the scheldued departure to speak to someone in regards to compensation. Also, she couldn't tell me what that compensation would entail, apparently she wasn't allowed to tell me any information about why the flight was delayed, if it was coming at all, other flights or anything that a Ryanair ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto June 29th 2009

we got to porto on the night and managed to make our way to la ribera. we got there and we got ready to go out but found that everywhere was closed for fuck sake! we got back and taylor started to cook. we made friends with 2 old women who insisted trying to talk to us in Portuguese thinking we would understand. as usual every1 relied on me to talk! they told us the police would end up causing a fuss with us parked where we were parked because the whole area was a public transport area for taxi's, busses and trams. they ended up pinching about 5fags and a glass of port but in return they give us a glass of home made wine, 4croissant type things, 4pears and a brush to clean the ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto June 12th 2009

Porto Fortunately, my departure to Portugal was less eventful than that of mine to Mallorca. It was perhaps unfortunate, however, that my departure would have to begin at 02:45. Not realizing the hours of the first tube departures in the morning, and thinking only of the cheap airfare, I booked without consideration of the logistics at hand to actually get to the airport for a 6:30 flight to Porto. As it turns out, this may have been fortuitous, as had it been any later, I would have had to count on the tube, rather than having to figure out which bus to take; this would have left me in deep doo doo when the tube strike took effect as of 19:00 the evening before. And as it turns out, the station where I had to catch ... read more
A Gentle Pour
Day of the Man
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto June 10th 2009

Inauguração do Jardim das Cidades Germinadas 4 Junho 2009 O Vice-Presidente da Câmara Municipal do Porto, o Dr. Álvaro Castello-Branco, e Peter Evens, Presidente da Associação Porto Bristol, assistiram à inauguração do Jardim comemorativo das Cidades Geminadas Porto e Bristol, na Avenida das Tílias no Palácio Cristal. Este é um projecto de valorização dos espaços verdes municipais com a particularidade de ter sido pensado como uma homenagem às nossas Cidades Geminadas. A Câmara Municipal do Porto decidiu assim expor num jardim público algumas das plantas mais simbólicas, e representativas, destas duas "Cidades-Irmãs" de forma a transmitir aos portuenses, e a todas os que nos visitam, a proximidade que efectivamente existe entre estes municípios e os seus cidadãos espalhados um pouco por todo o mundo. ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto June 9th 2009

A visita à Rota do Românico foi de novo um sucesso como atesta o relato de uma participante e nossa associada. "No passado dia 9 de Maio participei na 2ª Rota do Românico do Vale do Sousa, desta vez iniciada com a visita ao Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Pombeiro. Éramos um grupo de 31 pessoas que, como eu, notei estarem muito entusiasmadas e com muita vontade de continuar a aprender mais sobre o românico desta zona tão próxima da cidade do Porto. A organização perfeita do Peter e da Anabela, o programa da visita cultural organizado pelo responsável das Rotas do Românico do Vale do Sousa e a nossa esplêndida guia, fizeram com que eu passasse um dia maravilhoso. Tivemos cultura quando visitamos o Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Pombeiro, a Igreja de S. Vicente ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto June 6th 2009

O início da Saga. Aeroporto Sá Carneiro O voo era ás 14:20. Para onde, não sabia... La encontrei o pessoal e fomos no Chapim em direcção a Lisboa... read more




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