Coimbra and Aveiro

From the Douro Valley, we drove southwest to the Silver Coast region to visit Coimbra with stops in Aveiro and its beach area, Costa Nova, on the way. We were originally going to try to see Aveiro as a day trip from Porto, and then drive right from Douro Valley to Obidos, but the revised... Continue Reading →

Douro Valley

The Douro Valley is Portugal's major vineyard and winemaking region and the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. The Douro River runs through the valley and the terraced hillsides create a feast for the eyes and a sense of wonder as you try to imagine maintaining and harvesting the plantings on what look like... Continue Reading →

Porto and Guimaraes

Our first port o' call on this Portugal trip was Porto, a short flight from Amsterdam, where we had been visiting with family. Porto is in the northern part of Portugal and is known to be cool and rainy in the fall and winter (we arrived near the end of November). The hilly, cobblestoned streets... Continue Reading →

Portugal here we come!

An extended visit to Portugal has been in our plans for some time, and finally the time is now. We had been in Europe for three months just three months earlier and were lucky enough to make a return trip to spend another three months here (three months is significant as this is our current... Continue Reading →

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