Visiting Porto, Portugal

After my Saudi Arabia trip, I had a day and a half back in Zurich before I was on a plane again. This time it was for pleasure – Tony, Matilda and I were flying to Porto, Portugal for my boss’ wedding.

I had visited Lisbon a few years earlier and loved it, so I was really looking forward to this trip. Porto is just as cute and quaint and hilly. However, there were less tourists than in Lisbon which made it easier to navigate.

Also like Lisbon, tile covered many of the buildings. This is one of my favorite things about Portugal in general – this colorful tile is so incredibly unique to the area and even more lovely to gaze at.  It can make any old building an instant masterpiece.

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Porto is also the city of Port wine. Unfortunately for me, though, I hate Port wine. Back in high school, I worked part time at a country club and I remember watching all of the rich people drinking Port wine with their dessert. I was often situated as the “dessert girl” or “official ice cream scooper”, so that, plus Port, always brings back memories of cold and sticky hands (from the ice cream).  And honestly, the taste of Port is far too sweet for my palate.

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A few of the must-see sights in Porto include:

Livraria Lello

This book shop, founded in 1881, inspired JK Rowling’s design of Hogwarts.  When she was teaching English in Porto, she spent a lot of time here.

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Sao Bento Railway Station

The station boasts gorgeous tiled scenary throughout the main entrance and is a must see in Porto.

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Dom Luis I Bridge

The bridge is double decker and crosses over the Douro River.  The top is meant for walking and the tram, and the bottom is meant for cars.  There are stunning views of the river’s edge when driving through it.

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Anyway, aside from the beauty of Porto which we enjoyed, we also had an incredible wedding to attend. Matilda was the most beautiful guest of all in her cute white dress. Tony and I also used it as an opportunity to take our annual anniversary photos – 7 years! – which of course featured Matilda.

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The wedding included a mini-Fado concert by the very popular Cristina Branco. She. Was. Amazing. The voice on this woman was unlike anything I’d ever heard in person before. She was so incredibly talented, and we spotified her music for the rest of the trip.

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The wedding ended with delicious red velvet cake and laterns released into the sky.  Tony and I were so incredibly thankful for this opportunity to visit Porto.  We celebrated love and all of the gifts life has to offer.

Next up is Boston, and it’s quite a douzy of a trip….