Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bom dia!

We have been in Porto now for several days and I’m already suffering from internet withdrawals!  The hotel we are staying at is very nice except for one thing.  Their bandwidth has no bandwidth.  The speed is like the old days of dial-up service.  As I write this, I’m in the process of uploading photos to Blogger .... 10 m.i.n.u.t.e.s per photo .... Ugh! 



So here I sit in their lobby, where the connection is marginally better and having a glass of port wine ... or two ... or three!  A girl has got to ease her pain of slow internet connections. Right?  Anyway, they are small glasses.  And the beans ... yummy!





Port wine.  Have you had port wine?  Love, love, love port wine!  Yesterday we did a port wine tasting ... the current year and then a 20, 30 and 40 year old port.  Four glasses of wine and then walk to catch a cab!  Not pretty ....




The city is old and somewhat sad in parts ... lots of vacant buildings, and yet, 
a vibrancy among its residents.  A hard working group of folks.
 
Besides, ya gotta love a city where men tend the laundry!  
I'm glad The Professor reads this blog.


We did the Big Bus tour, navigated the city bus, walked miles, got lost and eventually wound our way down to the twisty riverfront or the Ribeira, a popular street full of restaurants and outdoor eateries.  Good place to people watch and chill out.





Even the local canines find it fascinating!



This weekend after The Professor’s meetings, we head up to the Duoro Valley ... the birthplace of port wine!  The countryside will be more of my liking.  Keeping my fingers crossed for some good internet connection!

Miss visiting all you guys and gals!  Love to hear what you’re doing this weekend ... !




 

12 comments:

texwisgirl said...

Love the colors of this place!!! But, yes, I'd love to see the countryside more! Thanks for braving the internet connection to update us, and I'm sure the wine was a nice pacifier. :)

Jillsy Girl said...

I just did a google search on Porto to see where you are exactly and the images are just like yours. So colorful!! Yes, hubby introduced me to Port Wine and I do enjoy it very much!

It must have taken you 1.5 hours to do this one post! Enjoy!

Barbara said...

My sympathies on your internet connection - that brought back some bad memories for me of dial-up! Good thing you have that port wine to soften the frustration. I'm not familiar with it but after reading this, I'll try it! Love these photos - such character! Can't wait to see the ones of the countryside.

beth said...

wow....these photos are just amazing!!
but oh, that slow internet is just not right. aren't you glad you don't have to deal with that everyday !!

i can't wait to see your photos as you continue to vacation.....xo

Gail Dixon said...

The wine sounds amazing! How did the older wines taste? I admire your dedication to posting and uploading photos during your trip. What a trouper you are! The photos are amazing!

bon bon said...

oh, these are simply gorgeous! i'm so envious! even with a slow internet! more wine while you wait? gaaaa... and port is one of my favorites! go easy on it though because it's alcohol content is higher. we don't want to hear that the professor had to fish you out of the canal. ;o)

Ruth said...

Just beautiful photos, thank you for taking the time! Ahh, port. I love tawny port, so have a glass or five for me! Obrigada!

Daryl said...

Oh the hic memories this hic brought back hic .. the city is still gloriously old and yet vibrant and you captured it perfectly .. maybe set you camera res to a lower setting .. smaller pix upload faster and the internets/blogs wont mind .. just dont post any pix you plan on printing then the res wont be an issue hic hic hiccup ... loved the port tasting I attended .. one glass did me in but then I am such a lightweight I get a buzz sniffing the cork

Marcie said...

Looks/sounds like a great time!! Love the images..the scenes captured. Enjoy!!!

Mental P Mama said...

Beautiful!!!!

Gods Little People said...

OMG how I feel for you! I live in a nature preserved area in Greece - totally gorgeous - but nature preserved also means that it is not inundated with satelitte receivers, so we S U F F E R often with a painfully slow internet. Oh my... I understand your need for a glass of wine or 3 :-) Looks exciting where you are!
Thanks so much for visiting Gods Little People.

S. Etole said...

what a creative place to be ...