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Our Sightseeing Cruise on the Douro

Our tickets for the yellow bus sightseeing tour of Porto (see here) included an hour-long cruise on the Douro River. So the next day we rode on the Dos Guindais Funicular down to the Ribeira district where we walked around … Continue reading

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Walking Around Gaia

We toured Porto on the Yellow Bus one late morning and early afternoon (see here) and when we crossed over the Dom Luis I Bridge to the south side of the Douro we decided to hop off, have some lunch, … Continue reading

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MM 202: Viewing Avila from the Four Posts

We visited the walled city of Avila during our trip to Spain in 2010 and I took this shot from a place called Los Cuatro Postes (The Four Posts) which is about 1.5 kilometers from the city’s walls. This will … Continue reading

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The Blue Tiles of Porto, Part Two: Sao Bento

There are many ways of getting to Porto. You can take a boat down the Douro River. You can fly in to Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport from places such as London, Paris, Geneva, Lisbon or Madrid. You can drive your own … Continue reading

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Santiago’s Praza da Inmaculada on the Cathedral’s North Side

The Praza da Inmaculada in Santiago de Compostela is bounded by the Monastery of  San Martiño Pinario on the north, the Santiago Cathedral on the south, a few stores along Rua da Acibecheria on the east, and a few archdiocesan … Continue reading

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Santiago’s Praza das Praterias — the Square of the Silversmiths

Pilgrims who walked the Camino Santiago during the Middle Ages arrived at their destination by entering the Santiago Cathedral via its north entrance off the Praza da Inmaculada (see here). For the last few hundred years they walked a tad … Continue reading

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Praza do Obradoiro — Santiago’s Largest Square

In English-speaking countries we call open public urban spaces “squares.” They are called “plazas” in most Spanish-speaking countries. But in Santiago de Compostela they use the Galician term “prazas.” And the largest of these prazas in Santiago and probably in … Continue reading

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