Yes...my strange obsession is kicking in!
26.05.2009 - 28.05.2009 30 °C
so...iv made it to magic number 37!! magic only because i say it can be magic cos 37 is magic to me
i know i am such a dork and have counted this out and have previously stuck drawing pins into a big world map to mark which countries iv been to...and now that iv arrived in portugal, my last new unchartered european country for a while, iv decided to tally up my country count and its reached 37 (the countries iv visited, other than south africa of course). not many countries to some and probably wouldnt mean much to other people, but to me, the lowly saffa, im ecstatic!
anyhoo, we had an absolutely wonderful time in porto = i highly recommend it! its a very old city built around the river douro and its very quaint. i fell in love with it big style! and the weather was fantastic. very hot which made the short porto experience even better.
we stayed in a bit of luxury, which if you ever go to porto, you must stay in. its called Douro Guesthouse with Carmen and Jaoa, an amazing couple who gave us silver service but in a totally down to earth friendly way. fantastic. We stayed right on the river, perfect location and these pics are the view from just outside the pension. Stitch the pics together for a make-do panoramic view of the river at night. iv done an absolutely awful job of the wanna-be stitching panoramic shots but it gives you a general idea anyway. i hate my stupid plain camera = i want a brilliant clever one (or maybe i am just a terrible photographer more like!!)
we also went on a cool boat trip and checked out the river. had a couple great local meals and checked out a very cool port cellar (loads of port cellars around, hence the name Porto or Oporto!).
i loved the little old streets and cramped houses and little balconies with flowers and laundry hanging up stories high, the people didnt really like pics being taken when i politely asked them, so only got one. lost my confidence after the one pic unfortunately. will resume taking up close and personal people pics when im in africa!
so thoroughly enjoyed porto...go there ok - check it out!