Varsity Sisters visiting Portugal

Old Apr 23rd, 2024, 01:05 PM
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I need to keep working on this report - but I want to go back and tag it as a Trip report. I can’t seem to figure out how to do that. Can anyone guide me
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Old Apr 24th, 2024, 05:00 AM
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You'll probably need to contact a moderator and ask them to do it for you.
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Old Apr 24th, 2024, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Melnq8
You'll probably need to contact a moderator and ask them to do it for you.
Right, If you click the little ⚠️ triangle next to the post -- that opens a dialog box where you can send a message to the moderators. They’re very responsive.
Glad you’ll be continuing- good report!
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Old Apr 24th, 2024, 01:45 PM
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We also thoroughly enjoyed Taberna Moderna, probably our favorite restaurant of the trip. Elton seated us. Love your report! As a matter of fact, I will celebrate your report with a gin and tonic this evening.

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Trip Report flag and Czech Republic tag added
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Old Apr 25th, 2024, 01:39 PM
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Gin and Tonics


Pineapple Gin and Tonic at The Door
Thanks Mai Tai Tom- sharing a photo of my sister’s Gin and Tonic from The Door restaurant in Porto
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Old Apr 25th, 2024, 02:35 PM
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Pineapple G&T - Be still my heart!
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Wow, what a gin tonic!
Now folks, what brand of gin? Hendricks, Bulldog, Nordés (from Galicia) or my current favorite, Monkey 47 (Black Forest)?
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Old Apr 26th, 2024, 05:54 AM
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Enjoying your report uppsala.

Maribel - I'm a Bombay girl myself, but I'm flexible. I just happen to have some pineapple juice and pineapple in the house in preparation for French Martinis with a friend next week...I may have to give the pineapple G&T a go.

PS - that G&T is the pineapple version of the extra lime I like. Here's a photo from my extra lime G&T in Barcelona a few years back.



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I used to be a Bombay girl until I met the Monkey 47, but it's even pricier so I have to watch myself. We just bought new Riedel GT glasses at the El Corte Inglés. Must have the proper balloon glasses just like your photo.
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Old Apr 27th, 2024, 10:22 AM
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Oooo....Riedel. I do love a nice glass, but don't trust myself with those; I'm like a bull in a china shop.
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I know, mel. We make sure not to attempt to wash our Riedel crystal at night after our wine. We make sure to wash them in the morning and in a plastic bucket, with great care.
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I seem to have missed a travel day here. We took a train from Lisbon- Santa Apolónia station to Porto. What started out as a 3 hr train ride turned into 5 hrs. Evidently the train switching equipment was broken all up and down that line. We left Lisbon 40 minutes late, and then had to slow

I think I had the Prawns and Octopus skewer

The guys next to us were ordering these Francesinha sandwiches. We decided against trying them - I believe they are not recommended by the American medical society.

down to a crawl at every station so as not to run into other trains. Well better safe than in a train wreck. Luckily we made it to our apartment in Porto just in time to change and get to our dinner reservation at Covina Dos Loios. What a fun night - again good thing we had reservations- the restaurant was packed. I’ll attach some photos. The food was super yummy, and the atmosphere was fun.
After dinner we were wandering around the Rua das Flores and ran into what we thought might be a Bachlor party. A bunch of drunk guys dressed up in Santa suits. I tried to link my video - but no luck. Evidently Fodors doesn’t like videos

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On our last day in Porto I signed us up for a free walking tour.- I used Hi Porto walking tours. Had a great guide and learned a lot about the history of Porto. Lots of connection to Harry Potter books because JK Rowling had lived in Porto for a couple of years. She outlined and developed ideas for her books while living in Porto. We went by the famous Livraria Lello bookstore. During a short break in our tour to enjoy the view over the Douro River- a young couple got engaged. Yup he got down on one knee and proposed. It was very romantic - sort of restored my faith in humanity. Photos attached

Sao Bento train station

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Torre dos Clerigos

The lines to get into Livrario Lello bookstore

Beautiful day in park up by the University

Newly engaged couple

Last stop - Majestic Cafe
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Onward to Prague

Wednesday April 17th we were up bright and early for our quick flight from Porto to Prague. Yes, it’s a strange combination of travel destinations. We had a few thousand dollars leftover from selling our parents estate so each of us got to choose where we wanted to go. My sister wanted to see Prague so off we went.
Our apartment was a complete winner, just across the street from the Maiselova Synagogue. I’ll attach photos. It had two bedrooms, bath, beautiful living room and kitchen with small balcony. But- it was up one flight of stairs- I thought my sister was going to kill me when she saw that.the first day, after a short delay w driver from the airport, we had a quick lunch then spent the afternoon on a walking tour - from the astronomical clock to Charles bridge. In the evening we went to the Hemingway

Living room in Prague apartment

Kitchen, with small balcony on the left

Bath- very Las Vegas style

Two bedrooms


2nd bedroom

Astronomical clock

Charles bridge- always crowded

Charles bridge- did I note that it was really cold in Prague. In the 40’s most days

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Uppsala30, I don't know why I didn't see your report until today. Anyways, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your adventures in Portugal and Prague. And love all the photos! Actually, I bet it's interesting combining two very different countries. Love that pineapple gin and tonic! And what a difference in weather, from the 80's to the 40's. Hope you had warm enough clothing for Prague!
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Hi Karen, I’ve been slowly updating this trip report. As for clothing, I didn’t I pack enough warm clothes. I wish I had thrown in a beanie, and more warm socks. I had to buy a few things in Prague. But my down coat worked great. I bought one a few years ago that packs into a little bag and it works great for traveling. I don’t need it much at home, I live in Southern California.
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Also, for some reason, Fodors broke up this report. I tried to add that we went to the Hemingway bar and a champagne bar for dinner.

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Old May 8th, 2024, 05:41 AM
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Guided tour day

On Thursday April 18 we had the pleasure of having a guided tour of the with Personal Prague Guide tours. I had reserved this several months in advance with Jana, we moved the tour date up one day due to potential rainy weather on Friday. Boy did we luck out - we had Marek Kramer as our guide. He was so knowledgeable and interesting. Marek had studied as a lawyer, but then went into the IT business. He met us at our apartment and we walked across the river and grabbed a tram up to Prague Castle and Cathedral.
One quick note - all public transportation is FREE - for seniors or “ varsity”. We were instructed to keep our passports with us. And we were checked twice while riding the trams so do take your passport with you.
The Castle

St. Vitus Cathedral

Marek

It was cold- I never lost my sister in a crowd with her white puffy coat



Lunchtime
and Cathedral grounds were not crowded, but we did note a lot of student groups touring through Prague while we were there. After our tour of the castle and grounds we walked down the hill to a small restaurant and had a quick bite with Marek. I kept his card- after referring him to my daughter and son-in-law (university professors). He was such a great guide and historian- if ever I get back to Prague I will certainly use him again.
in the afternoon we took the FREE tram again up around the area above Mala Stan and then walked back home. Photos attached.
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Marionettes

On the walk down from the castle area we happened upon this wonderful puppet store. All handmade

So cute




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