Exploring the coastal city of Porto

Tuesday came and Maddie and I woke up around 9am. We got ready and made our way back to Sao Bento, it was a short quick ride via the train from Estadio do Dragao towards Trindade and we made a switch to catch the train towards Sao Bento.

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I’m really digging the metro in Porto. It’s clean, timely, efficient, and spacious. Yes, even during rush hour – I never felt that it was way too packed. I’ve been in many situations in NYC when riding the subway became way too close for comfort. But still, riding public transportation is a way of life for me whenever I travel outside of California.

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We grabbed a sandwich from a nearby store plus a pastel de nata. The days in Porto were hot, and everywhere we went, it was a must for us to get cold water. For this morning, it was all about visiting various spots that came our way. We moved from one attraction to the next and took various pictures.

Torre dos Clerigos

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Casa Oriental
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Majestic Cafe
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Majestic Cafe
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Center for Photography
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Judicial Museum
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Majestic Cafe

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We decided to head to Matosinhos for lunch. It was about a 25 minute train ride from Bolhao. We ate at a local marisqueira and I did get my fix of eating Arroz con Mariscos – Seafood with Rice. I remember having this back in Lisbon at Uma Marisqueira. That was my benchmark. While our lunch was good, Uma’s was unforgettable.IMG_1076IMG_1079

From Matonsinhos, we decided to take the train back to our hotel to rest. The afternoon was hot and resting inside our room was respite we needed from the heat. This also gave me a chance to catch up with Nancy, who has been doing a bit of research for us. She suggested A Casa Guedes near Campo Agosto 24. This was definite gem. The concept was simple. Roasted Pork. Bread. Done. It was so delicious. It was a crowd pleaser.

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To end our day, Maddie and I took the train to Jardim do Morro – it was a perfect spot to watch the Ribeira from above, and a perfect location to watch the sun go down in Porto.

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