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Published: April 28th 2018
Tuesday, Day 1: A bit worse for the wear, the six of us started our planned trip to Porto a couple hours later than expected. So, maybe no breakfast for some of us and maybe a Gatorade or two for the rest of us, but onward the weary travelers went.
Mike and Glen went out to get the car, a Mercedes 8 person van with plenty of room for luggage. Gary, Marji, Karen and I packed and dragged the luggage down the four flights. We decided to take the westenmost route to be closer to the sea. Great idea on our parts, since our designated lunch spot was the pretty coastal town of Nazaré. Back in the day, this was a fishing village but, now it’s main industry is quaint tourism. Certainly, with the widest beaches we have seen so far, you can see why the buses keep coming!
The upper village, Sítio, can be accessed by a funicular from the center of town. The houses are built up to the very edge of the cliffs above. I’m not sure, with the erosion from the wind and waves, how great an idea this is but, hey, not my monkeys.
Lunch was at a lovely restaurant with a view of the sea then off to Porto!
Late afternoon, we arrived at our hotel, the Dom Henrinque, where we all settled into our cozy rooms. Glen and Karen took off first. Gary, Marji, and I started our stroll down the pedestrian avenue, Rua de Santa Catarina, next. Mike hung back to shower off the road but joined us about an hour later. After a quick shopping trip for necessities, cork screw and mascara, we found a cute wine/tapas bar.
Saboriccia is a three generation, family run business. The owner, his son Ramiro, and their friends, unbeknownst to us, were sitting at a great table outside. After we longingly gazed at their space, the men took pity and asked us to join them. Their hospitality continued as the six of us assembled and decided to stay. What a great time we had with our new friends! The food was adventuresome without being scary and the wine was tasty.
Late that evening, we toddled back to the hotel to sleep until morning. Glad we came!
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