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A morning in Porto

by Véronique and Mike

15 July 2013 • “Do you want the coastal route, or the motorway?” asks Américo, our taxi driver. Our ship, Le Soléal is berthed in Leixoes, 9km away from Porto.

As we opt for the scenic road a large smile appears on his face, and off we go. An enthusiast guide, he is. A fast driver, he is. But please look where you drive!

Porto, located on the northern embankment of the River Douro is one of Europe’s oldest cities and has a lot to offer. Most impressive are the several bridges that span the river and whose steel structures fade into the city’s architecture.  We spend the entire morning walking up and down the many stairs the city counts. There is so much to see that we made it back to the ship only just in time. 

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The Luis I Bridge can be reached by funicular. Or by foot.Bridges and city are unmistakebly unitedSao Bento railway stationWe took the metro back. Excellent and clean!