Thursday, November 6, 2014

Rolling on the river

We left the Ritz pretty much on time yesterday, traveling about an hour N to a sweet walled city--Obidos. I forgot to take a phone photo, being so fascinated with trying to see everything in our short hour there. Sigh. Shame on me.

Next up was a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady Fatima:

And lunch in a local hotel...for all 120 of us. It worked out quite well.

Upon arrival in Porto and boarding the Douro Spirit, we received a welcome aboard reception from the hotel director, who introduced most all the staff (while our luggage was being delivered to our rooms).

We then went to our rooms, got unpacked, and headed to the lounge for some visiting ahead of dinner...which was good.

A local group of mostly college students who love music came onboard and treated us to some lovely Portuguese folk music. We certainly enjoyed the cultural connection with these energetic young men.

Today begins our first day of river travel. Check back and learn more about it. The program says we are going to another medieval town. Yippie! We love those.

Porto has some lovely buildings...and a couple of bridges designed by that same fella who designed the Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel. Who knew? We will be back here at the end of the cruise, so I will have lots of photos...later.

Motorboatin'...and we're off!

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Barb G said...

Sounds like a wonderful adventure awaits! Hooray! Enjoy!

big hugs xoxo

Sandee said...

I know you'll have the time of your life. Everyone that's gone on a river cruise always raves about it and I'm sure you will too.

Have a fabulous day rolling on the river. Big hugs to you both. ♥♥♥