After two weeks of
swimming traveling through Portugal, we ended up in Aveiro. FINALLY, it was an absolutely beautiful day! Of course, it was the last day.
Known as the “Venice of Portugal” due to its canals, Aveiro sits along the Atlantic Ocean. It is a beautiful, bright, clean city.
When finding out we were spending the day in Aveiro, everyone recommended Ovos Moles de Aveiro which is the local pastry. Up until then, the local pastry was the only food I was really a fan of in Portugal. So we made a stop at one of the bakeries certified to sell it. The sugar and egg yolk filling is even sold by the bucket so the pastries can be made at home.
The little pastries are just darling – shaped into various sea creatures – and are very delicate. However, of all the local pastries recommended and tried, these were my least favorite. They were very sweet without having a real flavor.
On the way back to Porto (and the pouring rain by the way) we made a quick detour into Costa Nova which is a little fishing village just north of Aveiro. All along the main road are these old fisherman “shacks” that have been restored into beach cottages. They are striped and colorful and so stinking cute…
And one of these days, I’m going back to Costa Nova and renting THIS exact one. So much fun!
Despite the weather, I really enjoyed Portugal – the people, the colors, THE TILE…not really the food though.
We flew out the next day. Porto to Lisbon to Paris to LA. The flight home is always about an hour longer than going. I can’t sit for an hour let alone 11 without being completely antsy and wiggly. However, for this flight I used my points and upgraded to Air France’s premium economy. Holy cow! I had so much leg room AND a foot rest. It’s the first flight I have ever taken that my legs didn’t just dangle because my feet don’t touch the ground while sitting in an airplane seat. I could be all kinds of wiggly and had room to do so. It made things much more bearable.