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Exploring by Bicycle

Had breakfast in the hostel which included cereal, toast, ham and cheese before heading out. Porto is so pretty with narrow alleys and lanes & staircases with bright coloured homes jammed in closely next to each other heading down to the river.

I had reserved a bicycle yesterday from a place on the riverfront under the Ponte de luis 1 bridge which cost me 10 E for the day. I start by riding on the pathway that followed the river, going under several bridges all the way out to the mouth at the Atlantic Ocean, along the beaches & into street side cafes where fresh seafood was cooked in street BBQ's.

I saw the Portugese camino route yellow arrows & a couple of pilgrims which made me miss walking with my pack! There was lots of people about being a Sunday.

Stopped at this statue to commemorate the drowning of 172 people from this area where 71 women were widowed and 172 children orphaned .

Instead of going back on the same path I detoured to ride through some of their park which were beautiful. I rode first through the big city park and them on to the park at Museu de Serralves which had more structured gardens and lakes.

Back down on the river I bought food from supermarket to picnic by the river and had fresh baguette with ham, cherries and a Nata tart...delicious! I had wanted to catch a small ferry over to the the fishing villages the other side but couldn't see a boat & after waiting awhile decided to ride back to the start point and main bridge and cross that bridge to ride on the other side where the port wineries were with stunning views back over to the cathedral and old buildings on the main side of town.

I eventually came to the fishing village It was very picturesque with brightly coloured homes and a communal laundry and clothes lines by the river. The sound of singing made me look inside the building to find abut 4 women in there scrubbing their clothes on wash boards and washing by hand and singing along. It was very cool to see old traditions being carried on today.

Back on the bike I rode past modern marina and restaurants, a bird sanctuary on the river mouth and around to nice beaches on the Atlantic Ocean.

Beautiful day but by now my bum was getting sore so i headed back & found out I had ridden 40 km!!! No wonder I was sore!

I walked up the hill to the old part of town near where I was staying and climbed the clock tower in an old church - Torre dos cCeriglios which had 240 steps & cost 2 E to climb. It had great views over the city and river.

Had some dinner & back for Happy Hour and watching the sun set from the hostel rooftop terrace

Narrow alleys

Narrow alleys


Bright buildings

Bright buildings


1947 statue to remember the local sea tragedy

1947 statue to remember the local sea tragedy


Street fish BBQ stall

Street fish BBQ stall


Street full of BBQ stalls

Street full of BBQ stalls


Park by the museum

Park by the museum


Lake in the park

Lake in the park


Beautiful lake & gardens

Beautiful lake & gardens


Winery side of the river

Winery side of the river


Atlantic Ocean

Atlantic Ocean


Selfie at the beach

Selfie at the beach


Porto Beach

Porto Beach


Beach

Beach


Communal clothesline

Communal clothesline


Communal laundry

Communal laundry


Women hand washing

Women hand washing


Washing 2

Washing 2


View from tower

View from tower

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Portugal

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