One word…WOW! We landed, got on the metro from the airport to the Sao Bento station and came up to view a mix of historical buildings and cobblestone streets along with a hubbub of activity. We still had a walk to get to our AirBnB, but we had a couple of hours to kill before meeting Jorge (our host) and check in. It was breakfast time and we just happened to be standing in front of a cute little cafe’ (Flor de S Bento) where we tried a traditional Portuguese egg tart pastry called pastel de nata, along with coffee and something like an eclaire. Yum!
After breakfast, we walked to our apartment past art museums and beautiful buildings and cafes. We only waited a few minutes when Jorge greeted us at our apartment and showed us around. He gave us a few tips and pointers and a set of keys and then he was off. The view overlooking the Douro River is breathtaking! The apartment is perfect. We are looking forward to being here for a week. Plans today are to lay low, find a grocery store, and discuss a game plan for Porto and vicinity.