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What I learned about Porto or Oporto if you're Spanish

  • There isn't a legal, on street, parking place left in Porto and it is cheaper to bed down a person for the night than it is a car
  • Portuguese cities have cobbled streets in the old centres (suspected after a visit to Guarda, confirmed here)
  • There are lots and lots of abandoned and crumbling buildings in the heart of the city and lots of people appear to live in run down properties
  • Graffiti is a national pastime
  • On the road out to the beach there are lots of dead big houses with security cameras
  • Young British men out on a Stag do behave badly. As two young Brits fought each other a passing Spanish couple mumbled "¡Que bestia!" I suspect you don't need the translation. We didn't see any French or Germans or Portuguese or Spaniards drunk and brawling in the streets
  • The river, the Duero in Spain or Douro here, is splendid, it has big waves and the pleasure boats are dead picturesque. It's the same river that we sailed on near Ciudad Rodrigo and it was smashing there too. Logical conclusion that it is a quality river for the whole of its length
  • Riding around in rattling, squealing 1930s trams is a real pleasure
  • The Port Caves, the place where the port wine is stored, are well worth a visit; a very professional tour
  • The set menu in the "Music House" is great value and the building's not bad either
  • The free appetizers in Portuguese restaurants are not necessarily free
  • Coffee in Portuguese cafés is half the price of that in Spain
  • Every single person in Porto can speak English


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Done. Finished. I'm just about to disconnect the computer and that will be it. We managed to get everything in the cars, tomorrow morning we'll dope up Edu and then all we have to do is to drive across Spain. The Culebrón link below will be in use for the next few weeks before we move on to Cartagena in September. Click on the links below.
So this blog is dead. Ciudad Rodrigo is history. Culebrón for the summer and then Cartagena.
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This morning, as I cleaned my teeth, I heard hooves in the street. I didn't bother to rush out. I took my time, I put on my boots and strolled out to buy fags and a paper. There were signs of horses or mules or donkeys having passed down the street. When I came out of the fag shop I noticed a fair sized crowd by the Fat Tree but the fun was over, the crowd was drifting away and I didn't have my camera anyway.
I've just checked the town web site and it says that The Brotherhood of Our Lady of the Peña de Francia, having been blessed by a local chaplain, set out on a Romeria (a sort of pilgrimage) from the town today heading for one of the highest peaks in the area - the Peña de Francia. They won't get there till Sunday as it's some 50km from here.