Rise and shine! We woke to the wails of seagulls, and were pleased to find that it wasn't raining anymore. We quickened our pace as we knew there're so much to see and do!
We walked to Mercado Bolhão. Not too far a distance, around 1.5km, but it hailed suddenly (and luckily, for a mere 1 min or so). It made the temperature much lower. Grrrrrr. The market was just ordinary, nothing much than that. The real surprise was the Francesinha (a kind of wet sandwich) we had in a random breakfast shop. The deliciousness blew us away. Since my boots were still (60%) wet, the hubby was generous enough to buy me a new pair at a great deal of €25! Yay!
The second half of the day was totally awesome. We walked across The Dom Luís I Bridge, and were so so so touched by the beauty of this city built along riverside. It was windy on the bridge but the whole stretch was enjoyable! The opposite bank, Vila Nova da Gaia is a hub of the port wine industry, there are many wine cellars offering tours and wine tastings. We wanted to take a ride on the Teleférico de Gaia but it was so windy that the cable car service had to be temporarily shut down. That gave us a good opportunity to take a stroll along Douro instead. One would never have too much of the view of medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, with its colorful shophouses and winding cobbled streets.
We didn't go for any wine tasting on this day, I'm not sure why but we certainly had a good pint of beer at Mercado Beira-Rio. The lively ambience in the market was a plus point.
I thought I've forgotten what happened on the second half of the day. But now when I browsed through the photo album, I remembered we spent the evening wandering around the weaving cobbled streets which wind past merchants' houses and cafes, we climbed up to the cathedral of the city, we window-shopped, we listened to the street performers among the friendly people, we sheltered under a huge arch from the sudden rain, we wrote a postcard or two.
We ended the day with a dinner in a family-run tavern, it was warm and memorable. Well, it's like I'm walking in Porto again!
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