I thought I was just a regular lurker, but have been "upgraded" to Vicarious Vacation Voyeur :grin2:. Whatever, thanks for posting. GREAT travelogues.
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Glad you are enjoying it. Yes, Texas/Austin resident, car stored with a good friend in Belgium, and reg'd in NL. Used it in the 2017 trip. See other trip blogs linked in signature block. Cheers,. BDo I understand correctly that you live in Texas and have an Alfa stored in Belgium on a dutch license plate ?
We have been driving non Alfa in the Swartzwald these last few days on great alpine roads. Drivers are excellent and courteous, even on the Autobahn and only got the horn once from a local in a black something when I was slow to figure out what to do at a stoplight in a Small town that was imediately followed by a big stop sign at a T intersection. I got the message and drove on and turned.Been in Porto for 2 nights, 1 day now. Very busy and LOTS of traffic on weekdays but not so bad this Saturday AM. Lots and LOTS of tourists; it's only early May, where are they from? Do peopthen le work and vacate in July and August any more? ANyway, a pretty and spirited city. We are in the Riberia neighborhood, which has steep narow passagesays on the side of the hill rive droight just next to the Louis 1st "Eiffel" style bridge. The waterfront walk stretches for 200 m with a plethora of packed restaurants and bars and vendors hawking stuff, and boat ride vendors. Getting up from there is steep and there is a Euro 1.50 finucular or a semi-consistent elevator that goes partway. We parked on a very narrow "local's" parking street wrepping behind a big church (Rue Victor Hugo) and we walk down 150 steep rock stairs to get here, with luggage and provisions. Better than walking up from below through the Albicinian labyrinth (stayed there in Granada and Seville). which is not accessible anyway by car below. Parking in a public lot about 1 km away is Euro 20/dy so we take our chances in the locals area. Had a great lunch at a renowned locals place yesterday up a side street - Taverna Mercadores. It seated 16 people and we hit it during the late afternoon lull when most restaurants are closed. Our schedule is much different from the vibe here or in Spain. We eat a good breakfast, snack around noon (beer and tapas yesterday), and eat a big "Linner" between 2-5 pm. Then snack a bit later. We sleep better on an empty stomach. After baby clams and grilled linquica, I had authentic bacalau. A dried and salted codfish resurrected form the dead, with potatoes. I can say I had it now. Most Def not in my top 10 but a huge meal like the shredded duck with seasoned rice in Lisbon the other day.
On another note, I don't know if my allergy meds will outlast their allergen season here. Down to the last few hits. We get a double whammy: allergy season back home from November to April starting with cedar fever then a procession of trees and then we come here and get hit with EVERYTHING blooming all at once here: trees, grasses, weeds. And I'm recovering from septum, turbinate and sinus surgery since November and was on a succession of 4 antibiotics afterwards to knock down pre-and-post-op infection. Yes, life goes on on vacation.
This is one of those places (the first we've hit so far) with inconsistent and usually intolerably slow WiFi. So I might just have to wait for a better connection to posts photos. Downloading is impossible also.
. So I contacted the AirBNB host and they contacted the provider who pinged it and said yes there is an external (to the home) problem. May be fixed tomorrow. So no pics for a while.Slow wifi, how that is still a thing in 2019 is beyond me...