September 17 - Visit to Porto and Transit
to Mesao Frio
This was also an opportunity to take photos. I got a good panoramic (267) of Porto across the river with the (obsolete) wine boats in the foreground and a couple of others in the vicinity (272, 273). After that we headed east into the rugged hills of the Douro valley to our next Pousada, Solar da Rede at Masao Frio, in the hills overlooking the river. This was also very luxurious with many people put up in rooms in small houses on the hill and accessed by minivan. We were in the main house, since we are evidently considered more ancient than some, but on the third floor in a relatively small but pleasant room. Evidently this time they did the alphabet backwards. In the courtyard and in the formal garden in front of it, the views of the river and the hills were spectacular. For dinner we had a buffet with turkey as the main dish.