Last day in Porto

Trip Start Mar 01, 2014
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Trip End Apr 05, 2014


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Flag of Portugal  , Northern Portugal,
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

This is our last day in Porto. Our flight to the Azores does not leave until seven this evening so what began as a sunny day was spent enjoying our "palace". The best way to show you is through some photos. After packing and loading the car we sat outside by the outdoor infinity pool that looked like it was spilling in to the Douro River, we watched the activity, quiet still, and Tony spoke of how boats are moored here and wondered what he could do at home. There is always something new to think about - everything seems so practical here, the umbrella canvas over the different sitting areas stretched so tight wind could never blow them away. Heavy woven wicker loungers, chairs, tables, bar seats etc. also will not move, they are sleek and modern, a very nice contrast to their ancient white palace, with its sculptured gardens.

The Pousada purchased an old flour mill next door and this is where most of the space was converted for hotel rooms. Connected under and above ground you easily manoeuvre between the two, the Palace houses the dining and bar areas, meeting rooms, lovely lounges and of course check in, check in is very unassuming a desk, two people and someone is always standing by the door. The mill houses the spa, indoor pool, saunas, Turkish steam baths, gym, etc. I know we did not see everything, so much is underground.

Balloons are set up in all the downstairs halls today, a party will be happening later. I forgot to book our seats for the plane so Tony and I head to the car for the information, I double check for my "charger", found it - we get our seats arranged. Doing this through email makes me nervous. Not used to it. We did check out but will leave after lunch. The hotel is busy and they expect to be full again by days end. It really is a very nice place to stay and you get very spoiled. Tony tried to take our bags to the car and he was quickly surrounded and all of a sudden I had someone at the door asking if I needed any help. They can not do enough for you. Everyone has a big smile, they speak numerous languages and they are enjoying their work in these beautiful surroundings.

We are now in the bar, I am enjoying a cold glass of Vino Verde, non sparkling, fresh and new as I write this. Tony is reading the Financial Times out of Britain, not drinking, he is preparing for the next leg of the journey and frankly the directions to the airport appear a bit confusing. We shall see.

We had a lovely last lunch and this is when Tony tried Tripe, he loved it. In a soup with great beans and other meats, that is probably why. We say good bye to every one, an interesting good bye but stay tuned for that. It was also very difficult to find where we return the car....thank goodness for Hertz who let us follow him.

We are now at the airport waiting for our flight to Ponta Delgado - hopefully you will hear from me there. 
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Judy on

Wow , what a beautiful place. Will you be bringing your crowns home?
Don't hurry home. Still minus temps, ice and blowing snow today!

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