Oh wow, this is the first time I have seen the Atlantic Ocean. It seemed calm. No longer used tram tracks in the foreground.
But there was a huge swell that rose up on rocks and the breakwater at the entrance to the Duoro River.
The road ran along the banks of the river, and so did the route 1 tram. I would have loved to taken a tram ride along the river bank, but as we had already travelled along the river bank in the bus, and would do so again the next day, there wasn't much point.
Wow! Our bus had come along the river bank on the left from the left, crossed the iron bridge on the lower deck and we left the bus near to where our cruise boat departed.
We did not have to wait too long for the boat to depart. It went up river, then turned around and headed towards the sea. Again, there were earphones to plug in for a commentary. As we reached the mouth of the river, a heavy rain shower came down and everyone skelted to the inside.
Time for lunch on the river side. We had some delicious fishie tuna like patties in an elongated shape. They were so nice, we ordered some more. Wine was only €2 for a generous glass. The wine in Portugal and Spain was very mild, almost innocuous, and quite cheap. What are these gondolier thingies passing by. Daddy, can I have a ride?
The price included a free port tasting at one of wineries. We think R left his sunglasses sitting on the barrel at the window.
While steep, we just loved Porto.
Here we go, up to who knows where.
Great views. Porto has a couple of modern light rail routes and you can see a tram crossing the iron bridge. Ah, I should tell you the name of the bridge. Ponte Luis 1. I will translate that as the Louis the 1st Bridge.
I am not sure if it a 500 metre drop below the wall or a 100 metre drop. Regardless, you will die.
R spied something he wanted to see the next day, but he could not be precise about what it was.
We went back for more fish cakes and more wine to the same place as earlier, after waiting a good time for a seat. There was a dispute over the bill but I am not sure if R sorted in our favour or not. A street vendor sold R a new pair of sunglasses, Raybans for a mere €10! We caught the hop on hop off back to the hotel from the stop where we left the bus in the morning. There was a kind of family restaurant opposite out hotel, so we dined there. In Australia we are used to young temporary waiters in cafes and restaurants.......students and backpackers and the like. Not so in Portugal. They were nearly all male and over 50 and quite professional. They take their job seriously. In Portugal and later in Spain we tipped by a couple of euros. One euro is about AU$1.50.