Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Douro River Cruise
Sunday, we had our first experience of the much-vaunted, often previously-considered but never-quite-achieved Douro River Cruise.
Despite having failed to have the run `up` by rail (train strike!), the river journey back to Porto was fascinating - on so many levels.
Seven-and-a-half hours on board (pretty well all on deck, other than for the various drinks and meal breaks) just flowed (sorry!), and any small prior concern that a
4 a .m. -coach- start,
returning by 2100 might just have presented an over-long day was completely
forgotten. The two lock drops were an education – enhanced by my utilising an
unusal ex-RN `blag` to get us both into the bridge during the
first; a drop of over 100
Our only regret was that the drive straight to Regua delayed one of the Jose`s in our group from the traditional opening and sharing his 5-litre flagon of home product with we other mostly total strangers, until the journey back. Nonetheless, it too was delicious!
To quote a large riverside banner proudly displaying as we entered Porto,
"To be in Portugal is a privilege".
Posted by eMBee at 2:27 PM