Monday, June 17, 2013

Douro Valley

Taking advantage of the long weekend we went to explore the Duoro Valley and Jose’s grandparents' town Carrazeda.
The best way to travel there is definitely by train, at some points you feel like you are travelling along in the river you are so close to it, and also the view of all the valley does the rest: it is an amazing place!

We had a lovely welcome by all of Jose's family and after a delicious lunch we went to explore the countryside. We had to walk by the train tracks and cross winding paths to find cave paintings from prehistoric times. Absolutely worth it!

Taking a short cut through the long grass

Team 5! on the train tracks

In the evening we went to the local fire station to watch an ethnic theatre performance, which was interesting...

On Sunday we went to some small villages a short distance from Carrazeda. Once again we had a great lunch with Jose and his family and after we went to Festa da Cereja in Alfandega da Fe where we had the opportunity to sample some cherry food and drink and of course lots and lots of cherries.

Tasting some cherries

Before dinner we went for a walk around the village where Jose's Grandparents live.

Going for a walk in the village
The Monday morning we went to see a sculptor’s atelier were we could try some welding.

Trying welding (we are very good!)

Back on the train to Porto we had a picnic. A great weekend was had exploring the smaller villages in the Duoro Valley and thanks to Jose and his family for welcoming us and showing us the area. 

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