Cheap and Cheerful Sunday

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Delicious Fish Pie at a riverside restaurant.

Although we were good enough to finally drag ourselves out of bed in time for breakfast, we were rewarded with some pretty dreary weather. A bus tour of the city was the plan but we chose to postpone due to the weather. Instead, the boys relented to the girls need to shop and we found a local shopping centre. In one hour the boys walked around all four floors, twice .. and the girls only saw three shops. Thankfully, once we’d met back up the weather had improved and we jumped on the open top bus to tour the city. Pretty average as far as bus tours go but it was still a good way to scoot around and see the city and had we taken it as soon as we arrived in Porto, we probably would have known better than to go to the Oceanside in search of nightlife on Saturday night!

Once the bus tour was over we crossed to the south side of the river again and went in search of “Cheap and Cheerful” lunch.

More fantastic, cheap food seved right next to the river.
It took a bit of doing, there were a lot of places near the river – but most just served toasted sandwiches and hotdogs (hardly authentic Portuguese cuisine) or were really expensive.

Eventually we came across a little outdoor restaurant with a short, cheap menu and being both tired and hungry, we resolved to give it a go. We were so glad we did. The house port we asked to sample was poured into glasses that would best be described as small mugs. The white port was great, so we asked about the cost of a bottle .. only 5 euros!! Bargain. Appetisers, a fantastic large feed and plenty of port wine for 4 people came to less than 50 euros. Cheap and Cheerful? Mission Accomplished!!

Before we headed out for the night we jumped on a boat and did a quick river cruise, checking out the six different bridges that span the Duoro river near the river mouth.

This is one of the few shots we got of us together.
Returning to the hotel only to change, the boys conspired to lead a “Cheap and Cheerful” pubcrawl of the old town area. Straight across the road from the hotel and into a quaint little café for a drink, then next door to a place called Sinatra’s where we got badly stitched up by a friendly barman who served us some complimentary’s that weren’t so gratis.

While looking for a “place with tub chairs” that we’d spotted earlier in the day we came across a more contemporary looking bar where we stopped for some beers and some completely rubbish white port. It need not be said that we only had one round to drink there. Moving on from there we passed the “place with tub chairs”, it was completely packed and could not seat us for over an hour, so instead we worked towards the river and found an interesting little bar / restaurant which served roasted chorizo and other local stuff we didn’t recognise and couldn’t pronounce!! After dinner we went back to the “place with tub chairs”. By now (about 11:30pm) it was pretty empty but we sat ourselves down and checked out the menu. It turns out it was a fancy port wine bar, with a huge selection of vintages. It was pretty late and we were trying to keep costs down so we opted to make our nightcap a 6 glass (each) sample of port wine!! The port was great and the service included olives and a presentation from the waiter giving a rundown on the type, character and history of each port we were sampling.

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