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Portugal
With a bit of time to spare before heading back to the states, we decided to stop by Oporto, Portugal.  We both like port wine, so why not take the 3 hour bus ride down for a couple of days?
Date(s): Aug 5-7, 2005. Album by Michael Bang. Photos by Michael Bang. 1 - 14 of 14 Total. 1094 Visits.
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Clergyman Tower
In the heart of Porto, there's a tall tower with a great view.  It's only a few hundred steps to the top...ugh!

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Climbing the Clergyman Tower
Here we go...

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Porto
The view from the Clergyman Tower.

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Dinner In Ribeiro
We found a quaint little restaurant on the Douro River.  That's VilaNova de Gaia across the river.

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Walking Through VilaNova de Gaia
The main headquarters of all the Port Wineries are actually in VilaNova de Gaia, which is across the river from Porto.  Some were up steep cobblestone streets.

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Ribeiro District - Porto
All the best restaurants are along the river.

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Porto Train Station
Have you ever seen such art work in a train station?  It was on all walls.

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Porto
We climbed yet another church on a hilltop for a view.  The Clergyman Tower is in the background.

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Blue Tile Church in Porto
Blue tile seemed to be the predominant building material for older important buildings.

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Boats on the Douro River
These boats were used a long time ago to bring the freshly picked grapes from the Douro Valley to the main locations in VilaNova de Gaia for fermentation.  The boats are mainly for show today.

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Calem Cellars
One of the wineries that we visited.

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Croft Cellars
Elana standing by a VERY old bottle of port.  The missing one is in Elana's bag...just kidding.

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Taylor Cellars
This particular room is longer than a football field.  You can see the Taylor logo on the far back wall.

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Old Boat on the Douro
Once a year, the wineries race these boats from the Douro Valley.  Sounds like a lot of work!

 
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