Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Porto

I spent the last weekend in Porto (Oporto for some), Portugal.

Porto is known for its beauty, so we found a spot at the top of the Jardim do Morro and toasted with mimosas while drinking a breathtaking view of the old city and sparkling river below.



Porto is known for its wine (port), so we toured an old famous wine cellar called Graham's. I'd never had port that I had particularly liked until here. I also found out that I'm a high-quality vintage year (1985)!


 


Porto is known for its food, especially Bacalao (codfish) and Francesinhas (which are overwhelmingly rich 4-meat sandwiches, covered on all sides by walls of cheese and a sweet, but spicy gravy) so we ate unreasonable amounts of both.



Porto is known for its beaches, so I took the chance to go surfing in Europe for the first time, while my buddy Cromwell took the chance to go surfing for the first time, in Europe.



Porto is NOT known for its Americans, but I had a wonderful time with a pretty amazing group of them! Oh, and Ben. He's not American but he's a cool dude too. Special thanks to Herb, a fellow Stanford alum that we met in the airport and supplied us with humor throughout the weekend and beautiful photos afterward.