We leave Malaga in the evening and go to bed in calm seas and awaken in the middle of the night to very rough seas. During this period of time we have passed through the Strait of Gibraltar and out into the Atlantic Ocean. Our whole day at sea we are grabbing hold of the railings in the hallways especially down near the two ends of the ship. We try to dine on the lower decks and nearer to the middle of the ship. But mostly what we do is sleep. We are like drugged asleep. Every time I wake up, I lose the struggle to stay awake. I guess I was tired!
But of course that does not keep us from eating! We have dinner at The Restaurant. Sarah has a first course of chopped livers and John and I have eggplant involtini. This is followed by a ribeye steak for Sarah and sea bass for us. We are eating dessert tonight! Sarah orders tarte tatin and we have creme brulee.
It is somewhat less rocky on our second night and we reach Porto around 8 AM on Tuesday 4/12. Today we are doing Porto Walk and Port Tasting. Our guide is Jorge. We have had great weather so far on the trip and it will continue that way for the rest of the trip with the exception of Porto. Shortly after we start our walking tour it starts pouring. Even with umbrellas it is hard to stay dry! Our guide tries to point out famous landmarks as we scuttle along.
The rainstorm only lasts about a half an hour although it seems to have dumped more rain in that amount of time than we had all of February in California! We head down the hill towards the Duoro River taking in the sights.
Once down by the river we walk along for a ways admiring the port sellers across the river. We are heading towards a bridge I have walked across before. I was not keen about doing it before and I am not keen on doing it today. At least we stay on the lower level.
After crossing the Duoro River we are on the side of the city of Gaia. The sky is turning a bright blue as we continue our walk towards one of the port manufacturers.
We enter the Calem port manufacturers where we will try some port. There is quite a bit of waiting around as many tour groups are enjoying their sips. Before the tasting we listen to an explanation about port making and storage. Finally we get to sit down(!) and sample two different ports, a fine white port (which I really like) and a reserve tawny port. I wish we could take some home but we have no room in our suitcases.
Once outside we take some pictures of ourselves and someone offers to take one of the three of us. Then we have a walk along the river to get back to the bus. It is amazing how tiring all this walking and standing is..
Luckily Sarah and I make it back in time for tea!
On Wednesday 4/13 we have another at sea day. The sea has calmed down a bit so sleeping and walking around is easier. I did not take any pictures today but John’s notes assure me that we managed to eat breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner!