Travel ::: Portugal ::: Duoro River
We arrived in Portugal on a Friday, and after settling into our apartment at the beach on Saturday and fighting off the jet lag we woke up early on Sunday on our first exploration of the beautiful city of Porto.
We woke up early at around 7am on Sunday,and headed to São Bento railway station in the center of Porto to get on a train to Regua.
The train station is like going back in time - decorated in the most intricate and detailed yellow and blue Portuguese tiles.
You can see everyone in this picture looking up and admiring the interior of the station.
Early morning light on the platform. The train ride to Regua was about 50 min, in which we admired the views up the Douro river, in which we would be riding a boat down back to Porto.
The Duoro River is where the vineyards of Portugal's famous wine and port are grown and cultivated.
Before getting on the boat, a morning cafe was needed to shake off the jetlag.
Head scarf: Zara
Sunnies: Le Spec
On the boat! Getting some shade on this hot, hot day!
The bride to be and maid of honor.
The boat cruise offered a 5 hour ride down the Duoro River and included a lunch and house wine for all the guests
One of the most interesting features of the Duoro River are the five dams constructed along the 130.5 miles of the waterway. The navigation locks, which act as elevators raising and lowering the water level to help allow the realization of cruises up and down the mountain-esq terrain of the Duoro.
This is where we started....
....and this is where we ended up.
You can see the water being poured down the wall behind the boat.
You can't go wrong with some friends.
One day I really want to explore the little towns along the river.
Five hours later we ended up back in Porto.
One thing that Europe does right, is building their cities right up to the water. Makes for the best views at the local restaurants and bars.
Such a good day!
Until next time Porto....