Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Long weekend in Portugal... Part 3

Welcome to Day 3 of my Portugal trip review.

On day 3 we got on a train and returned to Oporto. We arrived sometime in the mid morning just before lunch time. We got out at the Trindale metro station. From there we walked for what seems to be miles and miles towards Rua de Cedofelta because according to Google Maps this is where the Lello’s Bookstore (third place in The Guardian's list of world's top bookshops) was. This was not the case as we navigated up and down that street looking for it. After spending 30 mins walking around and asking the locals where this was we decided to give it a miss and descend to other sights. We had limited amount of time for our last day as our flight back to London was in the late afternoon so can’t waste time.

Walking down the street we came across Carmo Church (Igreja do Carmo) which had this amazing panel of tiles on the exterior wall, representing scenes describing the foundation of the Carmelite Order.

Carmo Church

From there we headed to see the the Clerigos Church Tower (Torre dos Clérigos). Surprisingly just around the corner from the Clerigos Church was infact the Lello’s Bookstore! Woot! We found it! And as from the numerous pictures you can find on the web it is truly remarkably beautiful in there. Though it is infact quite a small bookstore, the interior was still beautiful.

Interior view of the Lello’s Bookstore. We also had asked permission to take this photo. :P

Then we walked down further to reach Liberdade Square where it the monument to King Peter IV resides. Not far from there was the São Bento Train Station where we were supposed to catch the metro back to the Aeroporto Internacional Dr. Francisco de Sá Carneiro.

Once we got to the São Bento Train Station we had some spare time so we walked up Avenida de Vimara Peres where the Historic Centre of Oporto (Centro Histórico do Porto) is, which is part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites also.

The Historic Center of Porto (Centro Histórico do Porto)

After having some lunch and some more custard tarts at a local café opposite the São Bento Train Station we jumped on the metro and headed back to the airport where we then headed back to London.

Visiting Portugal was the right choice. Though there were areas where it seems to be quite poor, Portugal is never short of providing history, culture and excellent food as well. You can't go pass 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites in a weekend! We certainly had a blast so thank you Portugal.

If you're interested in the maps of each location visited during our Portugal trip you can visit these links:
- Oporto
- Lisbon

As well as for the pictures taken check out the Portugal link in the Snapshots area.

Next city to review will be Frankfurt!

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