So, returning from Lisbon, we had just a couple more days left in Portugal. We had some goals:
- Get another café afogado. My wife was thoroughly thrilled by the one tasted pre-Lisbon, and wanted more.
- Visit a port cave/lodge.
- Go to the beach.
- Go to the in-hotel spa together.
- Buy a pair of jeans.
Not all were accomplished. I purchased a pair of jeans on arrival in the states, but had to live with slacks on the return flight. And Kim went without tasting another ice-cream-choked coffee. But the rest filled the remainder of our stay.
First day back we visited the port lodge. I’ve covered that on my other blog, so won’t say much here other than that it was extremely enjoyable. The journey back to the hotel, on the other hand, took most of the evening. We walked from Vila Nova de Gaia all the way back through the Ribeira to Avenida Boavista, where our hotel was. A long way, but a lot of fun, and some good food:
The next day, we spent mostly relaxing in the hotel. The spa beckoned, and we had planned ahead the day before and reserved a slot in the afternoon – which gave us access to the “spa” area for the entire day. This included pool, dry and steam saunas, as well as salt and herb heat rooms.
Finally, our last day in Porto, we went to the beach. We walked from Castelo do Queijo to the southwestern-most tip of Porto, getting drenched in the process by the crashing waves. We then bused back to our hotel, changed, and made our way back to the port cellar we toured (Taylor’s) for a nice dinner in their restaurant. It was a great end to a long day, and a great vacation.
And then, 24 hours of flights, lines and gates.
And now, back to work.