Lisbon and Beyond

An early start to the day with breakfast and then off on our day trip to see the sights of Lisbon and beyond. Our first stop would be at Freedom Park -  Parque da Liberdade.  Back in 1903  it was renamed to King Edward VII a tribute to King Edward VII of the UK, who …

On Route to Lisbon via the Medieval City of Coimbra

Sunday arrived and our last breakfast aboard the Scenic Azure.  We said our goodbyes to the staff and our friends who wouldn't be joining us on the land tour.  A few tears were shed. We boarded our bus and were introduced to our guide Yolanda.  There were 20 of us so we could spread out …

An afternoon in Porto

Our last afternoon in Porto.  We decided to just let our feet take us around Porto. Dark rain clouds  were looming so we wore our rain jackets.  It was also very cold. We came across a market selling local wares and this is where the rain started falling. Porto is very hilly with most streets …

Filigree demonstration and workshop

Our last full day in Porto would be visiting Gondomar and a workshop and museum of Filigree.  So, what is Filigree? "Filigree is intricate metalwork.  Usually with very fine strands of gold or silver or both that is twisted then applied to a frame of various shapes, filling them with a delicate tracery. The foundry …

Cork, Port Wine, Chocolate & Classical Music along the Douro River

The cruise was nearly over.  We would be spending a whole day sailing back to Porto on the Douro River. We have been on other European cruises along the Rhine, Seine and Rhone and there was never  a day where we just sailed. So what to do on a sail day?   We could have …

Provesende – Portugal – A Treasure above the clouds

    As our coach climbed the hills of the Douro Valley, through the fog and the clouds, I had no idea of the steep drop at the edge of the road. Im not very good at heights so the fog was a blessing in disguise. Even when we arrived there was still a swirling …

Castelo Rodrigo – The Secret Historic Village on the hill

    Our visit this morning would be to Castelo Rodrigo.  This was a surprise as we were to have visited the Coa Valley. Apparently the dock for the Coa Valley was closed. Castelo Rodrigo is one of the  historical hill top villages in Portugal.  I hadn't heard of this place at all.  Once I …

Barca D’Alva and a wee bit of Lemon juice and a ton of whiskey!

The afternoon after our jumper shopping expedition in Regua we set sail for  the town of Barca D'Alva.  The following day we would be heading to Salamanca.  Some of us went to the  top deck to see the 3 bridges in all their glory.  The sun was shinning.  Yet the wind chill factor must have …

A day in Salamanca – Spain

  On the Tuesday of Day 6 of our cruise we were all going to Salamanca. This city is the capital of Salamanca province and is part of the Castile and León region. It is classed as an UNESCO World Heritage sight. It began very humbly during the Iron Age, and, over the years, included …

Peso da Régua and our quest to buy a jumper

A couple of days before we had berthed at  Peso da Regua around 6pm so those that wanted could  visi the Douro Museum. Muriel and I had decided not to visit.  It had been touch and go whether we would get their in time for the tour.  Also it was freezing and staying on the …