We were all in the dining room for an early breakfast and onto a bus by 8:30. The train ride north to Porto, under gray skies, was about 4 hours. We had good views of the countryside as well as glimpses of the Atlantic. Lots of palm trees, villages, farms, and many abandoned buildings. Seems like a very pleasant country, though Alexandra talked about the economic woes that are only now starting to ease.
We had to haul our luggage into the station and onto the train, then heave it onto racks in Lisbon
We had a couple hours to unpack and explore, then a welcome glass of port and appies in the lounge, followed by a delicious dinner with lots of choices and unlimited wine. The entertainment after dinner was a group of musicians from a local university, known as a "TUNA". They were lively and funny and most enjoyable. By then it was time to settle in for the night.
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