PORTO

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:

The Trip

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We left Norway behind on a rainy afternoon – which didn’t make it feel to bad to leave it all behind…

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Had a pit stop in Bremen – had 3 hours of sleep before having to get ready for our next flight…

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Leaving Bremen behind – ready to meet Porto!

The Hotel

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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!

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We also enjoyed the lovely view from our “way-up-there” hotel room…

The Food

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.

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First we had a proper family style teppanyaki experience at Teppan | sushi & teppanyaki… Great food in great amount…

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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!

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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?

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And of course we had great coffee mayhem all through out the holiday!




The Fun

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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…

The City

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.

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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)

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