7th November – 10th November
As we made our way across the border from Spain to Portugal I was excited to venture into another country. We had been in Spain the longest of any country in the past few months (not that I don’t love Spain, because I do).
Our first destination was Porto, home of Port wine. We ventured to the port ‘caves’ along the river, the old buildings that traditionally housed the port wine barrels. Of course we tried a few (or many) too.
We made our way out to the beach and walked back along the river, past all of the old tiled homes. We also visited Serralves, perhaps the most significant art institution in Porto. There is a large garden, contemporary art gallery and Casa de Serralves; an incredible Art Deco home.
And it wouldn’t have been a trip to Porto without having the local speciality.. Francesinha. This monster consisted of a snadwich layered in meat (pork, steak, ham, sausage) and cheese. This is then topped with more cheese, egg, drowned in a beer and tomato gravy and surrounded by chips. Mmm.. healthy!