Friday, 27 May 2016
Porto Report: Day Three
Hurrah! Hurrah! The sun came out! We were excited to get out and enjoy the day after several days of being cold and somewhat cranky (speaking for myself!) We spent the morning exploring the opposite side of the Douro River and appreciating the views from high up on the hill.
After lunch, we set out on foot to explore the Baixa area of the city. This holds the city square, with the government buildings, a church (of course), and the Torre dos clerigos. This tower, built in the early 1700s, is a landmark that can be seen from just about every part of the city, and, if a person was willing to climb 225 steps, apparently offers spectacular views of the city.
We were quite tired of stairs, so opted to have a coffee at a sidewalk café and enjoy looking at it from the ground below.
Our very favourite thing about travelling is always the people. Relaxing at the lovely sidewalk cafes gives us the opportunity to people watch. Whether enjoying the sunshine from a balcony or a park bench, there were plenty of people out and about.
Needless to say, the food here is outstanding, from the incredible cod, salmon, and yes, even sardines, to amazing bake shops, we have been feasting nonstop!