Yesterday we had a very quick sail from Viana do Castelo to
Leixoes due to winds averaging about 30 knots. The marina here is small with
visiting yachts being put on far too small berths so quite/very stressful! All
yachts come here to visit Porto as really Leixoes is a commercial port. Porto
has a shallow entrance and no real berthing possibilities(which is a real
Woke up early today(9 oclock!) to get the bus into Porto.
After missing the first one due to forgotten wallet and then after what seemed
like 3 hours in unbelievable heat we arrived in the centre of Porto and quickly
forgot bus journey. Porto is a great old city with winding narrow streets that
slope down to the river. After delicious pastries and coffee we headed for the
riverside quarter of Ribiera with picturesque houses and great bridges spanning
the river. A trip over the bridge took us to Vila Nova de Gaia which is where
all the Port warehouses are located. We then chose the Taylors warehouse for a
guided tour and tasting session. Amazing the number of barrels row upon row. A
cable car took us up to the top of the bridge we had crossed earlier. The views
were incredible. I had not realized before that Eiffel had engineered bridges
as well as the tower in Paris.
We chose to get a taxi back which was also interesting. The
taxi driver thought he was Ayrton Senna and overtook everything even when there
was no space! Then seemed to go to sleep. We are safely back on the boat now
though!! Photos to follow.