2018-09-25 Porto, Portugal

On our busy agenda today is a full day of sightseeing in Porto using the hop on hop off red sightseeing buses. It makes it easier to see all the city without an enormous amount of walking
The tourist red and yellow buses begin in Praca de Liberdade
The statue of Pedro 1V stands in the centre of the large square
This iconic market building was built in the 1880s of iron and glass. Today there is a night club and a restaurant housed here
The monument in the centre of a park is dedicated to Infante Dom Henrique
Later we plan to take a cruise on the Douro River
The taxi drivers are still on strike in Portugal
The buildings in Porto are famous for their brightly painted exteriors
The bus trip takes us out of the river and further north to some lovely sandy beaches
On one of the capes is the Forte de Sao Francisco Xavier
Heading back into the Douro River
Looking back to the mouth of the Douro River
At lunch time we descend the bus to have lunch somewhere along the waters edge
We arrive at O Muro Restaurante and manage to secure a table under the umbrellas overlooking the water
At the next table we chat with a delightful couple from England
After lunch we take a boat trip on the Douro River
Great views of the city from the boat
While disembarking the boat we saw a huge school of fish near a storm water drain

Once we got back on one of the tourist buses, we continue our sightseeing journey around the city passing numerous churches and interesting buildings
Looking south across the river
Crossing the River Douro at Ponte Luisl
Looking across to the main centre of Porto and to where we had lunch
At dusk we finally get off the bus and return to our accommodation to freshen up before dinner
Arriving at Ostras, a seafood restaurant quite close to the apartment where we were staying
We have more delicious fresh Portugese oysters
Followed by some fabulous steamed local mussels
Delicious fried squid
Amazing prawns
We finish off our wonderful dinner with a superb dessert

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