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About nine we wake up and make ready for the breakfast.
The breakfast is in the cellar of the hotel and is abundant enough for its price:
Bacon, eggs boiled and scrambled, cheese, ham, sausages, sweet jams (remember the doce de moreiros) different breads, sweet pastry, three different juices, cornflakes and milk and COFFEE.

Start the day without coffee, motor of mankind?
Here we have a good start.

After the breakfast we first buy batteries, the first pic I make is from the girl in the store.
Then we go on our way to buy a Porto Card (PC) at the information site down at the river (Information of the Internet, at the Mercure hotel, partner of PC, they didn't sell.) We cross the cathedral and decide first to have a look inside and on our way we find an information office where we buy our cards.

New batteries

The cathedral is beautiful, you have to see for yourself!
Next to the cathedral is a monastery. Here we collect our first rebate:) -but without PC we probably hadn't visited- and enter this interesting building with carved wood panels that depict the life of Jesus.
In the chapel there is a nice organ and the tiles (azulejos) that decorate the walls and other rooms reveil more treasures.
on the roof we have a nice view of the river. Seagulls replace the pigeons on the roof, we are close to the sea.

We walk down to the river and cross the bridge for a tour at Sandeman, one of Porto's wine houses. While waiting for the tour to start, we visit the little museum with artefacts from the beginning of the company.
The mysterious caped and hooded man (to our surprise a female:) shows us around the cellars and tells us lots of interesting things to know about the making of port.

2010, a space odyssey

We walk slowly back to the funicular Fundais -use your Andante!-, that gives a panoramic view and spares us the climb by bringing us up the hill. 
On our walk to the hotel, we pass the bus station, the first station of the tram, several sweet bakeries/café's and a shop where we buy a bottle of mineral water, because the drinking water is very chlorinated.
on our digestive walk we find a chinese reataurant we will visit for diner, it will open after 7 pm, so we still have some time to refresh ourselves.

Rest. Chines Pekim.
Inside the restaurant it seems as if it is over its top days. We are greeted by the cook (a chinese woman that is banned to the kichen after the first guests arrive) and waited on by a friendly elderly chinese man that helps us to make up our mind.

Cathedral inside
His warm help was appreciated, as the heating -as if there were one- has an off day. I have masse de aroz (mi-hoen goreng) with pork, Caroline chicken with mushrooms and fried rice. both dishes were very tasty, good for breakfast lunch and dinner:) Tip to self: make a picture of the menu card to remember the names.
My dessert had been in the freezer to long, I never have a pré prepared Nestlé sweet anymore.
This restaurant is so cheap, I just give 20 Euro's because we had a nice evening, not for the food.

On our walk around the block we find our restaurant for tomorrow: the Pizzeria.
TV is just like home: 14 channels, no good program.

Persons of the day: the stewardess of Easyjet and het friend from Como:) Italy

Liselore_Verschuren says:
Sorry, ik zie nu pas dat ik ook gewoon in het Nederlands had kunnen posten... ;-)
Posted on: Feb 03, 2010
Liselore_Verschuren says:
Nice entry, I especially like 'TV is just like home: 14 channels, no good program'. This is so true!
Posted on: Feb 03, 2010
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View on Porto (pan)
View on Porto (pan)
New batteries
New batteries
2010, a space odyssey
2010, a space odyssey
Cathedral inside
Cathedral inside
Chapel: organ (pan)
Chapel: organ (pan)
Cathedral, detail
Cathedral, detail
Handcraft - art
Handcraft - art
Handcraft - art
Handcraft - art
Handcraft - art
Handcraft - art
Handcraft - art
Handcraft - art
Handcraft - art
Handcraft - art
Eve and Adam casted out of the gar…
Eve and Adam casted out of the ga…
Handcraft - art
Handcraft - art
Isaac to be killed as an offering
Isaac to be killed as an offering
Joseph sold by his brothers
Joseph sold by his brothers
Handcraft - art
Handcraft - art
Vanity: a mirror to see yourself b…
Vanity: a mirror to see yourself …
Chapel: on the roof (pan)
Chapel: on the roof (pan)
Azulejos outside a church
Azulejos outside a church
on the riverside
on the riverside
Sandeman
Sandeman
The secret you share with...
The secret you share with...
Going up 1
Going up 1
Going up 2
Going up 2
Going up 3
Going up 3
Going up 4
Going up 4
Going up 5
Going up 5
Inside the Chinese restaurant
Inside the Chinese restaurant
Tomato soup
Tomato soup
Massa de arroz
Massa de arroz
Chicken and mushroom
Chicken and mushroom
Crazy Mass bell
Porto Metro driving at extremely …
In that same metro, well another …
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