Monday, May 29, 2017

Europe 17 Day 8

Backtracking a little, for the record, this was our hotel in Lisbon.


Our second day in Porto had us back on the hop on hop off bus, this time upstairs and by the photos, at the front. The Atlantic Ocean continues to pound the coast.


A sweet little church near our hotel.


A statue within the parkland at Boavista Roundabout that without close examination appears to be lion having killed a large bird.


Avenue de Boavista has buses separated from car traffic.


Saint Francisco Xavier Fort.


Another quite stylish modern bridge.


A small tram museum. Note the tracks in grass.


We left the bus at a stop short of where we left it the day before on the southern bank of the river and walked across the iron bridge lower deck. My goodness, are there some tourists in Porto. I think many were Portuguese. Here we go. We will get up the hill using the Funicular dos Guindais. As the hill flattens out at the top, the carriage needs to change its angle to remain level, hence the bellows.

One up, and one down.


Lookee. A tram. I had already checked and it took a circular route. We can't go wrong. Well, we did really. We should have gotten off when it was at a low point near the river.


Our driver checked her phone before setting off. The tram was rough and noisy and tourists crowded in around her. R remarked, they ought to be well paid to work with such vehicles.


Not a bad way to get around.


A brief stop for a fortifying espresso.


And then down, down and more down.


I felt faint once we reached the northern river bank, like low blood sugar or something, so I needed food.


We found food, endless amounts. Now there is tourist cafe rort that happens in Portugal and Spain and elsewhere too. You sit down at a table, a waiter, at cafes usually a younger person, brings out your drinks and maybe a bowl of nuts and maybe another plate of a snack. The nuts are free, but the other snack is not. It is up to you to send it back, otherwise it will be added to your bill.


We walked along the river bank to the nearest bus stop and we just missed a bus. Damned old ladies kept coming to the bus stop to catch regular buses, so no sooner did we sit down, we had to get up again to give them a seat. A very old female tourist with curly grey hair was waiting for the same bus as us and she had this monster camera with massive lenses. A segway tour group crossed the road. Oddly, the next bus went straight past us, but a short time later another arrived and picked us up. The driver apologised as he would be going from here straight to the stop at our hotel. That suited us very well.


I wonder who she is?


Outside our hotel was a callistemon, that is an Australian bottlebrush.


Lights in the ceiling of our lift.


I think in North America ground floor in a lift is called 1. Here it is usually marked as Ground. Anything here below ground is a hodge podge, undercroft, basement, carpark.......many variations and no consistency. Isn't this system below so simple. 0 for ground floor and minus for lower levels.


Bye bye Porto. We are off to Barcelona in Spain tomorrow. 

24 comments:

  1. I have never seen the 0 for ground and the minus levels. So simple, so difficult to get wrong.
    Love the bridge in particular, and yes, that is a very sneaky approach to bring out a free snack with one which isn't.

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    1. EC, as per Gattina's comment below, maybe it is not a rort, but a practice about which we are unaware.

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  2. oh wow The Atlantic. beaches.
    I think Portugal is a big destination for Brits Abroad.
    did you notice cafes offering 'The Full English' for breakfast?
    You intrepid travellers you.

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    1. Ann, down south there certainly is a Costa del fish and chipos, and no doubt some tourists were English where we were, but I don't think the numbers were overwhelming. It is cheap place for the more wealthy Euro countries to visit, and certainly in Porto, I think there was a lot of local tourism.

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  3. This certainly has been an interesting part of your trip because one doesn't see or hear much about Portugal...so thank you, Andrew. :)

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    1. Lee, it is an understatement to say we were pleasantly surprised.

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  4. There some place near Yuma Arizona has a little church around there.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, I think America would have a church to match anything anywhere.

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  5. I would like the funicular ride and the leveling method. The ceiling lights in the lift are nice, too.

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    1. Strayer, I wouldn't want to be drunk and in the lift with the ceiling lights.

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  6. That black engine pulling a trailer? I want one for my birthday. I'm enjoying 'travelling with you, Looking forward to photos of Barcelona.

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    1. River, most people your age settle for motorised scooter. You want a train! Thanks.

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  7. I read all your adventures and it's so funny to read the experiences of two Aussies travelling through Europe. What we think is normal you don't know and probably the other way around ! So far a beautiful trip !

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    1. Gattina, not too much surprised us really. The food when you sit down did though, and then having to pay for it.

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  8. Lights on the roof of a lift, do they go out just before you crash.
    I like the little black train too.
    Merle..............

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    1. Merle, I think they go out just after you crash and they will be the last thing you see before you die.

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  9. Part of the fun on holidays is getting lost oui ☺ How nice to see the little touch of home on the balcony, wonder if an Aussie lives there? Super mural you spotted there . Looks like the crowds are out in the cafes enjoying the sunshine!

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    1. Grace, I am so used to having the internet on my phone at home for directions and other information. I was struggling a bit and you can't keep going to cafes for coffee to use their wifi all day.

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  10. Sounds like a fascinating place to visit.
    Having to keep getting up to give your seat to little ole ladies: Ha! Actually, it's very nice of you. Not everyone is that considerate.
    A lot of our hospital elevators start w G.
    Have fun.

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    1. Sandra, interesting about the lifts. I thought they all were marked 1 for ground. Makes it even more confusing perhaps.

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  11. They don't worry about having a 13th floor evidently.

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    1. Victor, no deck 13 on the ship though.

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  12. Enjoyed having a look around Port with you. Interesting about the snacks offered before your meal. It does happen here at some places. Bit of a cheek I'd say.

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    1. Thanks Marie. We would be wiser about the snack thing next time......but they cost a couple of euros.

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