Tue 27 Oct - Porto R&R Day 2
Rain, rain and more rain.
It seemed like it had been raining all night and today's weather forecast was no better.
However, the weather turned better than I expected. Sure, Porto is a serious contender to Melbourne for "Four seasons in one day". Between sunshine and warm weather, there were numerous downpours. Not drizzle, serious rain.
Despite the occasional but very regular rain, I did an over 6 hours walk to some of Porto's major tourist attractions.
First, and also last, Mercado do Bolháo, the old public market. It's housed in a huge building that covers a whole city block.
Mercado do Bolháo had seen much better times. A great part of the building was propped up and vacant.
There was some work happening and what looked like a construction / project office but not to any serious extent from what I could see.
Mercado do Bolháo. Yes, it is a long and slimy octupus. Or maybe more than one. Cute, hey?
Mercado do Bolháo, where I also encountered today's first downpour, I stumbled onto the Porto street cars.
There appear to be two different street car routes although the two street cars below ran the same route.
Torre Dos Clérigos is also on a hill.
View south across Rio Douro towards that other town Vila Nova da Gaia.
The skinny white building in the middle of the left block is the Livraria Lello, the bookshop also mentioned in yesterday's blog. And where I will go next.
Pity if you're a local. The site looked very much like a dumping ground for rubbish, for drinkers and possibly homeless people. Must all be tourists then.
I didn't know whether the Mercado do Bolháo would still be open, or more to the point, whether the lunch places I saw there in the morning would be open.
I couldn't be more wrong. These lunch places were buzzing. I took this photo as I left and many of the diners had also left by then.
Superbock is a Portuguese beer since 1927. It is clearly modeled on German and Dutch lagers and seems very popular here. I found it OK but it will not become a favorite.
I had walked a lot today, my guess would be up to 15km, so I thought that a siesta would be in order. Nice it was.
The weather forecast for the evening and overnight and tomorrow was grim. Yep you guessed it, more rain.
During a stint of temporary sunshine again, I decided to walk up the street to the local supermarket. I wanted to get provisions for the next couple of days and also for my train trip to Tunes on Thursday.
There is a small park up the road called Jardim de Marquês de Pombal. The local metro station called Marques is underneath the park.
That's it. Crackers, cheese and beer in the hotel room for dinner. I don't particularly fancy getting drenched again.