Even though I have been slacking on blogging about it, I have been quite the traveler lately. Afterall, the world is my oyster!
And the great thing about living in Europe is that other countries are just a hop, skip, and jump away. The closest to where I am in Spain is our neighbor, Portugal.
Overall, the city of Porto was spectacular. The old rusted buildings made the city appear poor, yet antique and beautiful at the same time.
The hills are stacked with sights to see. The ups and downs of the city's hills made the panoramic view of every photo worth a thousand words.
Beautiful city views
The San Ildefonso Church from the Baroque period
Different eras of architecture in Avenida dos Aliados
The Cathedral of the city
The River Duoro with the Ponte de Luis I bridge (with the same designers as the Eiffel Tower).
But if there is one thing Porto is famous for...drumroll please...it's its port.
Lining the river there is the Ribiera do Porto, a waterfront of shops and markets selling hand-made goodies and famous olives. On the other side you'll find there are bodegas and world renowned wineries where you can tour and sample the famous port wine. Port wine is sweet and strong.
Touring a bodega
The famous food of Porto is the Franceshina (pronounced Fran-ses-seen-a). Meaning little french person, it's a mix of three to five different meats stuffed into a sandwich topped with cheese and a beer tomato sauce, and served with potatoes.
Not for vegetarians.
You can walk off the greasy food and strong wine up and down the hills of the city and shop in the Mercado do Bolhão for fresh goods and a pretty atmosphere of colors.
This, vegetarians can handle.
As I said, the great thing about living in Europe is being close to other cities, countries, and cultures. It makes me feel so wonderful to have other countries and cultures so close to me.
Trips like this and cities like Porto remind me that vegetarian or not, the world IS my oyster!