VINO! VINO! FUNICULAR

Vino! Vino!

My dear ladies and occasional gentleman, one of the highlights of our OPORTO holiday was visiting the PORT side of the RIO DOURO.

We traveled down to the PONTE LUIS by FUNICULAR.

I must say as we went over the drop, rather like a slow ROLLER-COASTER, my FUNICULAR tightened!

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The walk across the bridge on the two person path with competition for space from passing pedestrians, buses and cars alongside is HAIRY enough to make you DESPERATE for an ALCOHOLIC BEVERIDGE! Although it is handy having the odd WING-MIRROR to apply fresh LIP-BALM!

From the VILA NOVA DE GAIA there is a wonderful view across the river to the RIBEIRA district and the CATHEDRAL reaching towards the sky.

 

Traditional ROBELO boats UNIQUE to the DOURO region that carry PORT and other goods along the river.

WHITE PORT, chilled 3 euros for TWO glasses of DELICIOUSNESS, enjoyed in a small, friendly local bar. SEVERAL TIMES!

 

The FABULOUS PORTO AUGUSTOS, one of only three remaining Portuguese PORT businesses. If you only visit one cellar and a WINE TASTING, forget the big boys, TAYLORS, COCKBURNS, SANDEMANS etc., treat yourself to a visit here. Up a little side street and at only 5 euros for the tour and a wine tasting, which is deducted from the price of a purchase if made and who wouldn’t.

The tour was informative, interesting, funny and delivered with enthusiasm by a member of the family; she was clearly a  PORT WINE lover. The tasting was fun and a treat to the taste-buds. Our kind guide brought us EXTRAS, it would have been rude to refuse so we ploughed on with VINTAGE WHITES, TAWNYS and REDS.

We chose a 20 ANOS TINTO, full of flavours with hints of WALNUTS and VANILLA, delicious.

Yours Portily

Celia

 

PORTO AUGUSTOS website: http://www.portoaugustos.pt/

 

 

 

PLEASING PORTO PLACES

PLEASING PORTO PLACES. 

Yes my dear ladies and occasional gentleman OPORTO is WELL WORTH a visit. There certainly were some lovely and interesting buildings.


And the best bit you can WALK to most of them.

That means you can soak up the ATMOSPHERE and  you don’t miss anything.

I lost Ronald for a moment, he was checking what was on at the CINEMA.


Yours Architecturely

Celia

CAMEL SLOBBER? FRANCESINHA?

CAMEL SLOBBER? My dear ladies and gentleman needless to say Ronald and I did not choose this desert whilst in PORTO.


This is one speciality FRANCESINHA! Which we managed to avoid.


I promise to talk about the lovelier parts of PORTO and our holiday. In fact I’ll start now.

This dear little PARK was just outside our lovely 1900’s GUEST HOUSE.


What a BREAKFAST to line our tummies with before starting on the PORT.


Yours Avoidingly

Celia

FADO

FADO 

My dear ladies and occasional gentleman, here is Ronald and me enjoying some WHITE PORT in the city of OPORTO on our holiday in October.

To make up for my absence I will be bombarding you with posts in order that you can catch up on events in the Ladygarden household.

Yours Slurpily

Celia

P.s. I have been working with a very dear lady friend of mine on a project, I think you would call her a ‘GHOST WRITER’.

More news on that later .C x

QUIRILI-ANUS!

QUIRILI-ANUS!  My dear ladies and occasional gentleman.

It was our parish CAROL SERVICE, 9 lessons and carols in our beautiful village church last Sunday.


I was sitting in a pew with PCSO Claire and her sister. Lovely young ladies. I had noticed something wasn’t quite right but couldn’t put my finger on it until halfway through the THIRD CAROL, when I realised they were singing a completely different CAROL.

They had been given LAST YEARS order of service.

This year I was reading lesson 6, which had in it the unfortunate name of QUIRINIUS.

I said to them ” I have a tricky name in my reading, QUIRILI-ANUS.” Needless to say once the SPOONERISM had left my lips and hit their ears they were a bundle of giggling girlies.

Imagine my perturbation as I stood in the pulpit  and looked out at the congregation.

Merry Christmas

Yours Merrily

Celia