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Still Cruising Around Portugal

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

Hi everyone! 

It has been a couple very long days, so not enough time to write a post.  

Sunday went on a 10.5 hour Douro Valley Wine Tour straight East of Porto.  Was so fun.   Even though I don't like port wine, at the last vineyard, they had some really smooth red wine.   I bought a couple of bottles, since I will be in Portugal for another 6 days.  (and I brought a corkscrew!)   The tour guides took us in a luxury motor coach, then we went on a boat to see the vineyards all up the hills off the River.  SO pretty.

Monday I left Porto and THOUGHT I would be in Lagos by 4:30 or so.   Maybe not...   Went over to Marvao, which is on the Portugal/Spain border, and there is a castle on top of the hill I just had to see.   There was another Castelo de Vide not far from it, and was beautiful.  I definitely got my steps in, it was STRAIGHT up the hill, but the views were stunning.    I finally got into Lagos around 7:30.   I didn't even stop for lunch, so dinner was high on the list when I arrived.  My room is beautiful with the pool and the ocean in the background.

Leaving in 30 min to do a half day cruise to Ponta da Piedade.   It is beautiful with rock formations!   I need to get my suitcase into the car, and get going, so no photos right now.   Will try and upload some tonight when I get to my next hotel.

 

Have to say, driving, there was very little that wasn't fun to see.   Saw lots of cork tree farms along the way, grazing cattle, sheep and goats.   It is mountainous here, so lots of hilly roads, which makes it very pretty.   And, of course, very green and lush!

 Update - In Albufiera now, and the Internet is very poor.   I tried for 30 min to upload ONE photo, and isn't working.   Hopefully in a couple days, Travira's Internet will be better.

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Comments(20)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Joan. Not in Portugal, lucky you, but did stop at two wineries yesterday in Branson MO for tastings that were excellent. Hope you continue to enjoy your trip.

Sep 26, 2023 04:07 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How interesting! I had no idea cork was grown on a tree and just went off and read about cork trees. Your trip sounds amazing! Keep enjoying.

Sep 26, 2023 05:13 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Joan... 10+ hours of travelling by car is not my thing. I don't know how you did it... but at least there was a payoff in terms of all the beautiful sights you're enjoying.

Sep 26, 2023 05:30 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Joan,

The cork farms were something that amazed me when traveling to Portugal! I'd never thought about cork being grown from cork trees! It sounds like you are having an amazing time. Can't wait to see your photos!

Sep 26, 2023 05:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Joan - my last trip to Portugal was many years ago.  As I recall, trips to Porto and Lisbon included sampling of wine and lots of scenery.  I don't recall any whining about either.  However, a ten-hour tour might lead to another "thought".  I am glad you are enjoying this adventure.  

Sep 26, 2023 06:05 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Lynda and I are planning a Portugal-Spain trip (at some point in the future). I love the highlights.

Sep 26, 2023 06:55 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joan Cox - Looking forward to all your pics.  This is an amazing vacation.  

Sep 26, 2023 10:15 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

So glad you are having a wonderful time. Have a super fantastic week!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

 

Sep 26, 2023 12:13 PM
TODD PICCONI INLANDEMPIRE & SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY, CA
TODD PICCONI REAL ESTATE - Dana Point, CA
Personal Engagement,Precision, and Professionalism

HI Joan Cox - Thank You for sharing...it is sweet to hear what you are doing and makes us feel like we are with you!  Can't wait to see the photos but please enjoy yourself.  You will have plenty of time once you're home (well, you know what I mean?) to share photos...just soak it all in while you're there!  Your accommodations sound perfect!  You sound happy and we are all very happy for you, Joan!  Keep enjoying! 😋

Sep 26, 2023 02:46 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Wayne Martin that sounds like fun with your wife!

Sep 27, 2023 01:18 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kat Palmiotti all these years drinking wine, and had no idea about the corks either.  Amazing what you can find when researching before a trip.

Sep 27, 2023 01:19 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina Hollander, Broker for the 11.5 hours of driving, would have been BAD had the scenery been boring, but it WASN'T in any way, which was nice.   Was REALLY ready to get out of the car in Lagos though!

Sep 27, 2023 01:20 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I added a couple of photos this afternoon when the Internet was working better.   Still not good, but a bit better.   It has been so fun, lots of things to see.

Sep 27, 2023 01:21 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael Jacobs I knew that drive would be brutal, but only one day out of the whole trip, I can do it!    At least the scenery was good.

Sep 27, 2023 01:22 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty you guys don't need to spend too long in Lisbon, more to see once you leave that city.

Sep 27, 2023 01:23 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I added a couple, but the Internet is terrible here.

Sep 27, 2023 01:23 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thanks Bill.

Sep 27, 2023 01:24 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Todd, it has been so nice, and wish I could have added more photos, the Internet is terrible here.

Sep 27, 2023 01:25 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joan Cox  -  You do more posts on vacation than I do at home!  Thank you for the pics you are posting.  Those views are something. 

Sep 28, 2023 04:22 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I have more photos shot here than at home!   So much to see and share!

Sep 29, 2023 12:55 AM