June 14th, 2016
This time we make a city trip to Porto in Portugal. The history of Porto dates back to around 300 BC with Proto-Celtic and Celtic people being the first known inhabitants. Porto, also known as Oporto in English, is the second-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, and one of the major urban areas in Southwestern Europe.
Located along the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres.The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its combined Celtic-Latin name, Portus Cale, has been referred to as the origin of the name "Portugal".
One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the caves of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the packaging, transport and export of the fortified wine.
The port-making process was supposedly invented accidentally by a pair of brothers who fortified the wine with grape brandy to maintain its quality during the long trip to England. The wine picked up the flavor of the oak, and the English grew to like the fortified taste and oaky flavor. The British perfected port production in the succeeding centuries, hence many ports carry British-sounding names (Taylor, Croft, Graham).
Tuesday, June 14th
This City-Trip is focused on Porto, or perhaps Oporto if you like. There is quite a diference of opinion about its origin, and nothing conclusive. I have....
Wednesday, June 15th
Having enjoyed a good night rest, a cup of coffee with a hearty breakfast, again we head out into the town of Porto. We take the Metro from General Torres to the centre of....
Thursday, June 16th
Yesterday we gathered some information regarding the larger department stores and their location. We were directed to the Rotunda do Boavista....
Friday, June 17th
The day before yesterday when were at the Tourist Point gathering some info about shopping malls, the girl behind the counter pointed out that there are some....
Saturday, June 18th
The last couple of days the weather was a bit dreary with occasional rain. Today starts with a bright sun and an almost cloudless sky. We decide to go for a stroll....
Sunday, June 19th
Yesterday we bought some train tickets for Braga. Using the train here proved to be both interesting and convenient. You can see some of the country side....
Monday, June 20th
Today is our last day in Portugal. By the end of the day we fly back to the Netherlands again. Having seen so much already, we wonder about what to do next. We have seen....