On the buses
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The sun is shining, good to have that tour by bus through the city.
After breakfast we go to buy the ticket at the little shop near the hotel.
I have to wait for my turn, behind me are some people.
[In kinda Portuguese:] Two tickets please, for the red bus, special price, here look into the booklet of the Porto Card.
Never heard of giving a discount on the tickets. She calls her boss that says o.k.
People get in and wait. I apologize to these hordes. I pay and get my receipt, but she won't give back my PC's.
I explain that I need the card to visit museums, churches, wine cellars etc. She calls her boss again and explains.
I get my money back, and my cards and advice to buy the cards at the hotel.
In the Mercure hotel I don't get a discount as well.
We wait at the stop near our hotel and take the first Red bus -the blue line, through the city and through Gaia. We get our information in our own language from the wall outlet and our ear phones (included in the price) and learn a lot about the interesting points in the city. The music in the back ground is a bit annoying, I recorded a bit while making a film with my camera.
The open bus gives a great view from the top, it is good the sun is shining:)
After a round through the town, we pass the bridge and ride along the port cellars along the river, then up the hill into Gaia.
Gaia lives! is a sign where big machines are hammering. The sound is recorded while I made a film of the slow driving train. After a devellopment project behind the caves, there are some nice appartment blocks.
On the last stop (is there a lst stop on a circle line?) we change to the Red bus doing the red line, slightly different way through the city, then to the castello de queijo (cheese fortress) on the rocky beach near Matosinho, the outskirts of Porto. We stay on the bus until we are at the caves again and climb up to the Croft cellars. We are greeted by the host with a glass of white port. The English tour is due within 40 minutes, so we have a pleasant wait.
The girl that does the tour tells us the things we need to know about making port, and that the best grapevine yards are owned by Croft:)
(she sings the English in such a way, I recorded a sentence: the black movie:)
The red port offered is nice, but this time we like the white port better.
We walk back to the funicular.
In the funicular I bow to the Japanese couple and they bow back (komban wa). Caroline has problems getting in, only as the guard helps her, the gate opens. (Problems with the card of the machine?)
We are up in no time (never climb when there is an elevator:) and go to one of the sweet bakeries to have coffee and cake.
We will have coffee and something to eat in café Batalha, Confeiteria.
We decide what to have in the shop window and point at them when we order. We have a table inside the shop, where we can watch a soap on television. After the coffee I have a glass of port, to celebrate the city (a modest celebration:)
When it is time for dinner, we go to the Pizzeria S. Martino.
It is on the second floor.
All very tasty. We finish with the only ice cream on the card, the home made (three layers of different taste, with chocolat spangled top, yummy) and finish with an espresso.
Persons of the day: the Australian couple that takes 3 years to travel through Europe (non TB, but you cant have all)