Europe, Portugal

Europe Day 25: Porto – Duoro Valley

We woke up early today to pick up some pastries to bring back to the hostel to eat and for our car ride later on. Of course, included on our list was custard tarts and pork bun. Aimes has discovered a new addictive game for us – Tiny Towers – which has made us even more antisocial. After restocking all our stores in the game, we are off again. We head back to the airport to pick up our rental car, which happened to be a Mercedes because it was the only automatic car they had! Us being us, we swarmed the car rental place like a bunch of busy bees, then left like a tornado. After facing tolls, construction, having 5 policemen help us with directions, and extremely nauseating, windy roads, we reach Casa de Loivos in the Douro Valley. We immediately fell in love with this place when we saw the view from the terrace outside our rooms. It is supposed to be one of top 6 views in the world! We didn’t waste any time by jumping into the
pool and enjoying the view from there. After some more chilling and appreciating from the poolside, we dove into the beautiful vineyards to appreciate nature close up. Time flew because it was already dinner time! First course – ham and melon (a match made in heaven). Second course – duck, ham and sausage baked rice where the rice had the aroma of all these meats with a hint of a burnt taste. For dessert, a pineapple gelatin cake. This was all paired with the red wine produced at this winery. Accompanying us for dinner were other guests at the house – 2 Danish couples and a Portugese family. We had a great time from talking about languages and culture to fun and silly things. After dinner, we head outside to the terrace again for some stargazing.

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