Hitting the Port Wine Cellars

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Soaking up the sun on our first day in Porto

Our late night Friday night meant we slept through breakfast but when we did wake we were greeted by fine weather. Time to hit the Port Wine Cellars!! Knowing where we had to go (we could see the signs on the other side of the river) but not how to get there, we unintentionally took the scenic route to the Taylor’s cellar. The steep hills and narrow windy streets led to some confusion about the most direct route thus ensuring we got plenty of exercise on the way. When we finally did get there we were told that the Taylor’s cellar was closed for a wedding, so Croft’s cellar were blessed with our presence instead.  Samples of their young white and ruby ports preceded a cellar tour.

Port Wine Cellar filled to the rafters (literally) with aging port.
Port wine tour, all very interesting stuff. After the tour we bought some samples of the 10 and 20 year tawny ports. Yum.

By this time everyone was peckish so we headed to the riverbank and had lunch at a pretty swish looking restaurant. The food was great but thankfully the dish Mish and Sarah chose tasted far better than it looked. After a long lunch, eating and drinking to excess again, we were tempted to have another nanna nap.  Instead we returned to our hotel and at 8pm caught a cab to the oceanfront district of Porto, in search of a bar and restaurant area that the tourist office had told us about. What a bum steer. Nothing but sparse, overpriced, empty, expensive, characterless restaurants along a long section of coastline. After two hours of walking we were almost ready to get a cab back to the old town when Mish insisted we check out a Fondue Restaurant.  We had to queue for ages to get seated, and once we did it took twice as long again to get served (we didn’t start eating until about midnight) but it was well worth the wait - fondues are mint - no matter where in the world you have them. An oil fondue to cook up some meats, a cheese fondue to enjoy with prawns and then a chocolate fondue for desert. Pretty pricey by Portugal standards but a good (late) night was had by all.

Having spent a little more than we hoped to in the first two days, we resolved to make the rest of the trip “cheap and cheerful” - hopefully without copping a dose of the runs while we were at it.

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