3 flights and many hours later we arrived safely in Porto. Our flights from Australia were ok. I think I actually slept a bit. Which is not the normal for me. I flew from Melbourne to Singapore and Muriel from Perth to Singapore. We then flew from Singapore to Frankfurt. We had a couple of hours to spare so we wandered around for a bit. Mainly to stretch the legs after the long flight. We made ourselves comfortable at our departure gate. I plugged my phone into charge and checked my emails. Yes there was an email from Luftstana that our gate had changed. Lucky, as they don’t announce flights etc.
The other gate was a bit of a walk. Frankfurt airport is very big. As we got to our gate my birth name was being called out. I laughed as they were actually prouncing it correctly! It was just to inform me I would be in the exit seat. It was a short 2 hour flight from Frankfurt to Porto. Just a hop skip and jump. You lucky folks living in Europe.
Do you like Pretzels? They are everywhere in the Frankfurt Airport.
Unfortunately no gluten free Pretzels so I didn’t try any, but don’t they look good!
Walking out of the arrivals at Porto we were greeted with a sign “Scenic”…Being greeted by that sign was so lovely after our long trip. He took us over to some comfy couches where we met some fellow travelers.
Once we were all together he took us to his 9 seater van and he pilled all our luggage in the back. Muriel and I sat in the rear seat with a lovely lady Sarah. Her hubby sat in the front with the driver. Do you know I don’t remember who sat in the seats in the middle. I know they were on our cruise however. Sarah and the two of us chatted all the way to our hotel.
Usually check in is around 2-3pm however the lovely Sheraton in Porto had our rooms ready at noon. Muriel and I basically dumped our bags, after I took some photos of the room and took off to find somewhere to have lunch.
We walked for quite a while just soaking in the atmosphere. We went into a few cafes/restaurants however it must have been the in-between time. Finally we agreed to go to Macdonalds. Now I don’t eat take away but funny enough we were starving. The girl on the counter spoke no English and that stage I spoke no Portuguese. Somehow I managed to get a burger with no bun. We ordered a coffee at the Mcafe (funny how its all the same across the world) I think it cost us a total of $2.50 euros each… – I remember it was very cheap.
We were in what was more of a business area however seeing a lot of buildings with those colorful tiles on the facade was lovely.
It began to rain, a promise of what was to become. Early April so Spring days hadn’t actually kicked in yet. However, the flowers were in full bloom. Wisteria and Camillias everywhere. The orange trees were bursting full of fruit.
That night we decided we would eat in the restaurant of the hotel. The waiter showed us to a table and we began looking at the menu. Sarah and Peter, who we met on the courtesy bus in the morning were at another table. They invited us to share their table. A night of laughter, great food and wonderful company.
What a wonderful start to our holiday.
*Our journey continues on our second day with the Hop on Hop Bus in Porto.*