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Saturday, August 8, 1998
Porto, Portugal
Portugal's FlagDouro's Flag

Porto, Portugal:
Latitude: 41° 8' 52" North
Longitude: 8° 36' 6" West
Altitude: 956 feet
From Seattle: 5593 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Pensão Residencial Duas Naçães

Today's Travel:
Country: Portugal
Region: Douro
Weather: Overcast / Partial Sun

Available Photos:

Porto's Skyline Cathedral, Porto, Portugal

Cathedral Walkway Cathedral, Porto, Portugal

Alley view Porto, Portugal

Ponte Luiz I. Porto, Portugal

Ponte Luiz I. Porto, Portugal

Ponte de Arrábida in the distance Porto, Portugal

River front Porto, Portugal

Igreja (Church) de S. Ildefonso Porto, Portugal

City hall's clock tower Porto, Portugal

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 485
Linear Dist: 121769
Countries Visited: 34
Regions Visited: 137
More stats...
Hotels: 103
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 41
Hostels: 134
Transit: 49
Other Lodging: 3
Beers: 1881

Journal Entry:
Sofie and Connie headed off to Lisbon. I moved to a cheaper hotel close to the center of town. The sky is very dark gray, and everything looks kind of hazy. I have lunch, then spend a couple hours in an internet cafe - cheapest yet, only 100 Escudos an hour (less than US$.60).

The sun burned partially through, but everything is still hazy and soft. I was trying to figure out what the light reminded me of, but it wasn't until I went in to the cathedral that I figured it out - it's the same light. In a cathedral everything seems soft, sort of hazy, indistinct, peaceful. This afternoon, even with a blue sky, the world looks like it's inside a cathedral.

The afternoon was spent wandering around Old quarter, a maze of alleys walled with old tile-fronted buildings. Walked along the Duro river and crossed it on the Ponte Luiz I.. Had a glass of Port (of course) at a riverfront cafe in Vila Nove de Gaia, across the river from the old quarter.

Took an evening tour of the Sandeman Lodge (Port cellar). The tour was pretty good, although I'd imagine it would be pretty dull if one already knew anything about the making of Port or Sherry. The sampling was a bit disappointing, only two ports were offered, one white, and one tawny. Neither was particularly impressive, for the same money (500 Escudos, ~US$2.85) I think one could try two better ports at almost any cafe in town.

Caught the late showing of the movie Event Horizon. It was a horrible movie. Bad sci-fi horror that made reminded me of several things. I hate horror movies; I am completely alone here; Strange cities are very scary if you're in the wrong state of mind; and you can't always chose what state of mind you want to be in. And just as a bonus Cathedral light is almost exactly like gothic horror movie light, and Porto is a pretty gothic looking town. I managed to walk calmly back across town to my hotel, but I don't think my heart rate ever dropped below aerobic rates.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Porto
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Portugal
CIA World Fact Book: Portugal

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