We were based in Porto for the remainder of the Portugal trip. Porto sits on the mouth of the Douro River. After a few days spent exploring Porto, we took a couple of day trips to some towns along the river.
Guimarães was one of our stops. It is a sweet little city where it would have been fun just to get lost in…if it weren’t pouring down buckets of rain, BUCKETS! Due to all the rain, these pictures were taken with my phone as it was too hard to keep the real camera dry.
Another day trip was taken to Lamego in order to visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies.
There are 611 steps leading up to the Sanctuary – that’s 1222 round trip!
The views from the steps (of both the city and the church) are lovely. The 1,222nd step!
Funny story about the sneakers…At the time, they were my workout/walking shoes. Because they were incredibly light and comfortable I brought them as my main shoe for the trip. I was wearing them on the first really rainy day in Porto, and within minutes by feet were soaked. It was raining pretty heavy so I didn’t think much about it. The next day I wore them in the light rain and had soaked shoes again after stepping into a shallow puddle. When I got back to the room that night, I lamented about how wet my feet had been for two days. I turned them over and realized that they were designed with several “air holes” on the bottom of the shoe.
Ya, not the best footwear choice.