Sunday afternoon, and I am strolling Rua Diogo Leite. It is here that Porto’s popular wine cellars are situated, world-renown for their ports. I’ve yet to duck into one of the cellars, Sandeman’s, for example, but I am in high spirits nonetheless.
Several companies offer weeklong cruises on the River Douro. The cruises usually begin (and end) in Porto, with included hotel nights in Lisbon before the cruise begins. Tied up alongside the pier near Porto’s wine cellars today is Uniworld’s Douro Queen, which will embark mostly American and British passengers today at 4 p.m. “This has… [Read More]
At Porto’s Cais da Ribeira, diners enjoy the fish restaurants and tascas (tavernas) situated in the charming old buildings along the pier. Posted from my Blackberry.
Igreja dos Carmelitas. Built in the first half of the 17th century, the church brings together Classic and Baroque styles, with gilt-carved pulpits and alter pieces. I later discovered that there were actually two churches side by side Posted from my Blackberry.
In the heart of Porto. Posted from my Blackberry.
The Oceania@Sea internet facility is well-equipped, the staff is courteous and helpful, and the classes (in Photoshop and other software applications) are educational and well-conducted. But internet access on Regatta has been a source of frustration for a number of passengers. One couple told me that slow internet access was the topic of conversation last… [Read More]
Most staterooms on Regatta feature balconies, so don’t mistake the photo above for the view from stateroom 7103. In fact, the photo was taken in front of one of the doors leading from the public area on deck five to the partial promenade. Posted from my Blackberry.
Following are directions to get from the ship to central Porto. From the quay at Leixoes Port, cross the River Douro to the Mercado metro station, a 10-minute walk across the only bridge you will see from the ship. Purchase a ticket for €2.90 to take you to the city center and back. Be sure… [Read More]