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Sunday, January 14, 2007

O Porto

Spent our last week in Europe in Portugal. We took a nearly 12-hour bus ride overnight from Seville in southern Spain to Porto in northern Portugal, and things were perfect from the start. LIke the name implies, Porto is the world capital of port wine, and we wasted no time getting to a cellar to begin our tastings. The port was fantastic, and we spent much of the week indulging in different bottles.

We rented a car in Porto and spent the next 4 days touring around. We drove along the Douro River, spent a night renegade camping atop a mountain (an accidental detour), checked out the Douro Valley, and then enjoyed the coastal towns of Nazare, Figueria da Foz, Peniche, and Ericeira. After many beach picnics, campouts, grilled fish dinners, and many kilometers, we concluded our second road trip in Lisbon, and spent the next 2 days chilling out in the lovely and fabulous Hostel Oasis, taking it easy and getting ready for our rapidly-approaching journey to the Dark Continent.

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