Our Camino Journey Begins!

By Easter Sunday evening all members of our band of Camino travellers had assembled at our hotel.  We spent the next day visiting places of interest in and around Oporto.  Highlights included riding a rattling tram beside the river Douro to the Atlantic coast; a boat trip on the river; and a tour of a port wine cellar, including the chance to sample both white and red ports for which this city is so famous.  How fortunate we live in the age of digital cameras since there are so many vantage points from which to photograph the magnificent medieval riverside backdrop.

Picture perfect Oporto

Picture perfect Oporto

The tram track passes interesting streetscapes

The tram track passes interesting streetscapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next two days were a real contrast! Following the bright yellow Camino arrows led us through some pretty countryside and small villages. As well as just experiencing being on this ancient pilgrim trail we observed many aspects of daily life in this fascinating part of the Iberian peninsula.  The beauty of the ancient, as well as the more  modern architecture and the warmth of the Portuguese people never cease to amaze.  The accompanying photos will give you a taste of some of our encounters.

It also leads to the Atlantic Ocean

It also leads to the Atlantic Ocean

Day 1 on the Camino Portugues!

Day 1 on the Camino Portugues!

Chatting to the neighbours

Chatting to the neighbours

The welcome and the veggie soup are fantastic at Antonio's cafe in Pedra Furada

The welcome and the veggie soup are fantastic at Antonio’s cafe in Pedra Furada

Perfect weather for long distance walking

Perfect weather for long distance walking

Blue tiled balcony in Barcelos, Northern Portugal

Blue tiled balcony in Barcelos, Northern Portugal

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