Another Ryanair trip is in the books. This one was with our awesome friends Kate and TW and Casey. What a fun group of people. Sometimes, all the pieces are right for a great trip.
It is only fitting that we start this blog out with a train ride picture because we spent a lot of time with Kate and TW on the trains in Japan. This was a train from the airport into the city and only cost about 3 bucks for a 30 minute ride. That's cheap.
First building out of the subway. Just a sign of things to come. I couldn't get enough of these blue tiles.
Stopped at a corner store to fill up on supplies for the apartment. We didn't know it at the time, but the bottle with the yellow label would be one of our favorite wines and was a bit of foreshadowing for one of our best meals ever.
Breakfast the next morning. Quinn is a carbaholic, so he was pumped about finding this place.
There was a really awesome bridge connecting the cities across the river. There was an upper and lower bridge. I loved the views.
Porto is known for its Port wine. There are a bunch of wineries along the river. We stopped to partake in some wine tasting. It was a blast. Did a little photo shoot as well. You may also notice the boats in the background. There were so many forms of transportation in Porto from boats to gondolas, to tuk tuks to trolley cars, to trains. I could go on and on. Here are some river shots and also transportation shots.
Port wine tasting
Lovin the tile
That night we had some difficulties finding dinner. It turned out to be a crazy busy dinner night and every place was totally booked. Thanks to Kate's ingenuity we were able to find a pizza joint so we didn't starve. Europe tends to only do one sitting at a restaurant, so when you go out for the night you may see plenty of empty tables in a restaurant, but it may be reserved for a dinner party at 9 p.m. Nevermind that it is only 7. You won't get the table.
Then we hit up, "The Gin House." I have to admit that I was less than enthused to go to a Gin bar but the bartender was amazing and convinced me that I really wanted a 12 dollar gin and tonic even though I don't like Gin. Every single drink used a different kind of gin and had different garnishes. The making of the drink was quite a process and super fun to watch. They even froze the glass and ice cubes with a special machine. It was worth some of the money just to watch him make the drink. Turns out, this guy can make a Gin and Tonic that even I like! Swanky.
The next morning we ate at one of the restaurants where we had tried to eat dinner. It was basically brunch time so we were able to get a table for lunch. It was a super cool library/restaurant where they brought you a menu in a book. Here were the delicious dishes that followed.
This was the best sponge cake I've ever had. I'm not sure I know what sponge cake is, or that I have ever had it before, but it was good.
Checked out a church and some tombs inside the basement with actual bones.
Walked up this tower.
This city really has character. It is unpolished and earthy and artsy and beautiful.
Me enjoying the sun.
More street shots
I cannot get enough of this tile.
TW and Casey really wanted to check out a winery called, "Cockburns." No, I am not making this up. So we trekked up a big hill to the winery and much to our dismay, it was closed! Stupid Sundays! Anyway, we were able to find a strange park with an abandoned building in the center. Photo shoot.
No surprise Quinn was a runner.
The creepiest chimney ever.
After the park, we had to at least have a picture with the sign of the winery.
Me waiting for these yahoos who are taking pictures of people taking pictures.
Can you see a common theme here with all of the picture taking? Quinn and Kate were out of control. I loved all the photoshoots but I am telling you, it made writing this blog a long task when I had to wade through 700 pictures for a 3 day weekend!
Our last night we ate at an INCREDIBLE tapas restaurant. Unfortunately, we only took a picture of the cheese. I think after the first course we were so busy eating we forgot to take more pics. Remember that yellow bottle of wine? The waiter recommended it at this place, and we had 3 bottles of it. Imagine our surprise when we got back to the room, and discovered we had a fourth in the fridge. What a great night.
Okay, I cannot help it, one more tiled building.
To bring this blog full circle, here we are on the train with yet another photobomb! TW and Quinn had a very tough trip to the airport. Apparently they were over hydrated.
I just cannot express how much fun this trip was. This group of people really know how to have a good time together. It is not often that you can travel so seamlessly with a group of 5 and just really relax and have a great time. I CANNOT WAIT for the next trip.