We are back home – the vacation is behind us – and now it is time to share some of the greatness… I will do 4 posts – one from each place we went – and I will do it in the same order we did it on our trip… Firstly we have Porto, then Lisbon followed by Aveiro and we finish it off with a tiny post from two hectic but shamazing nights in London!
So here goes! PORTO!
I have always wanted to go to Portugal – since I was a puny child… This is because we were supposed to go when I was tiny, my mum had sat down with us, shown us all of these amazing pictures in a travel catalogue (oh the olden days). I remember being utterly amazed by this place, the rocky sea-side, the colorful houses, the sunshine and the nature… But then something went wrong – we ended up in a different country for our holiday… But I’ve always remembered those images and my craving to see what Portugal is up to has never disappeared. Finally I got to check it out – and I am not disappointed.
So here is our stay in Porto – or at least bits of it:
We left Norway behind on a rainy afternoon – which didn’t make it feel to bad to leave it all behind…
Had a pit stop in Bremen – had 3 hours of sleep before having to get ready for our next flight…
Leaving Bremen behind – ready to meet Porto!
We found our lovely hotel – where I had what I would call a well deserved tubtastic moment! We stayed at the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa – which was a pretty great experience… The only thing that would pull it down would be the distance to the city center – but the closeness to great Japanese food brings it right up again!
We also enjoyed the lovely view from our “way-up-there” hotel room…
Our first food experience in Porto was horrible – beyond belief! We had just gotten to the city after our long travels – and a taxi driver threw us off in the most touristy place along the river – which is logical when you have a load of tourists you need to rid of. Our need for food was enormous – after having breakfast in Germany ages ago – our stomachs were growling in a manner usually only produced by hungry wolves… So we did what good tourists do – we went for the first thing we could find – where the people didn’t understand us and we did not understand them – and after many feeble attempts to come to an understanding we all go for the same thing on the menu. It ended up being a mountain of crackers, salty ham and salty cheese… No one could finish it – and I am never having crackers again!
Luckily this horrible food encounter made everything else we met along the way seem like a Michelin star meal! Ok that is maybe taking it a bit far – but we did get lucky in the food department after that meal though. What I found peculiar was the fact that we came across a great amount of Japanese restaurants – and I loved it! We had two brilliant Japanese places in walking distance from our hotel.
First we had a proper family style teppanyaki experience at Teppan | sushi & teppanyaki… Great food in great amount…
Another great Japanese moment was accidentally coming across a restaurant called gosho. This was more of a fine dining Japanese experience – and I finally got to end my cravings for sushi (at least for a little bit) This restaurant had the coolest interior I have ever seen, and open space in a basement – I unfortunately did not take a picture of this greatness as we entered – but to say it like this; I was to amazed to react!
We had the obligatory lunch at the amazing Majestic Cafe…Gorgeous but crazy crowded – but common – enormous mirrors, pink walls and decadence for all the money – what is there to complain about?
And of course we had great coffee mayhem all through out the holiday!
We had the chance to go crazy in the coolest candy shop ever – so we did! Remember reading about Dream Pills ages ago – and it lives up to its name… We filled a pill bottle and labeled it “in case of emergency” – let’s just say we encountered a lot of emergencies that day! Love that they had an international” label section as well – since portuguese makes close to no sence for the two of us…
This was a city where you could just get lost in the architecture, the colours and the buzz… Every day was a totally different experience – and we would love to return to experience more of this beautiful city.
I know it is tons of images – but dammit – I had to take 200 shots for every meter OK! And it is no secret – I prefer to communicate visually!
all images by me
(taken with my Nikon and my phone)