St John of Tarouca and the fortified Ucanha Bridge

The construction of St John of Tarouca began in the year of 1154.  It was the first Cistercian male monastery built in Portuguese territory. Monasteries were always built by rivers so they could be self sufficient. In 1834 there was an extinction decree of religious orders, meaning no more monasteries.  The church was converted into …

Guimarães City Portugal

Today we would be visiting Guimaraes Portugal.  Before we left Australia we were given a choice of two places to visit.  One was Guimaraes Portugal or Quinta da Aveledao. Muriel and I decided on Guimaraes City. We woke up to a wet and very cold day.  My biggest worry was those cobble stones, they can …

Azulejos of Portugal – our attempt at traditional tile painting

  After lunch and a bit of a rest in our room we went up to the lounge to catch up with our fellow travelers. As we were going through the reception our Cruise Director Phillipie with his beaming smile and shinning eyes asked us if we were going to do the Tile Painting.   …

Morning tour of Porto

After a hearty breakfast onboard the Scenic Azure we set of for a Porto Panoramic Tour.  We would take the same roads that we went on the Hop On Hop Off bus the day before but with a very informative commentary.  So much so we told Carla that she should do the commentary for the …

The Hop on Hop off Bus – Porto

After a delicious breakfast at the Sheraton Porto we went to the front desk to organize our tickets for the Hop on Hop off bus.  We chose the Red one as we have found in other cities that one has been the best.  At only $15 euro's each it was quite good.  There were no …

First Day in Porto for the sisters

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 …

A River Cruise, Why Not!

Have you ever thought of going on a river cruise?  If not why not?  You may very well change your mind once you read this. We recently went on the Scenic Azure on the Douro River in Portugal. From the moment we stepped on board we knew this cruise was going to be amazing. This …

Tips on traveling with a chronic illness

    In less than 2 weeks Muriel and I will be heading to Europe.  To be more specific Portugal and Spain.  Paula will be home recuperating from a knee replacement. As most of our readers know that I have many chronic illness'.  So  travel takes a bit more effort and forward planning.  I just …

Paris on Foot

Armed with a crappy map the cruise ship company provided,  we proceeded to walk back to our ship.  It was berthed right by the Eiffel Tower.  Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower!  On a map it doesn't look that far does it.  Maps are so deceptive. I think we walked more miles than needed, as I …

Rouen Cathedral of Notre Dame

If you have yet to visit  Rouen in Normandy France perhaps this might entice you to put Rouen on your list.   I still say "pinch me" that we happened to be in Rouen to see it. Every summer between June and September a free Cathedral Light Show takes place in Rouen with dazzling illuminations …