Biting into #Portugal: Porto and Aveiro

Biting into Portugal Collage

Porto

After Lisbon, Porto was the next city…town.. on my list. It’s a small place that I walked through in two days. Even though it’s the windiest place in Portugal, the city has a peaceful vibe.

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SIGHTS!

Dom Luís I (or Luiz I) Bridge, built by the same design company that turned up the Eiffel Tower.

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The view at the end of Dom Luís I (or Luiz I) Bridge, which connect the city of Porto to that of Gaia. The country’s name is a portmanteau of these two cities’ names: Portugal = Porto + Gaia

The city has beautiful art. Miguel Bombarda is a street filled with art galleries, and I spent a day wandering through all of them. Contemporary is a style that’s clearly caught on here, and even the students form the local university as exhibited in the video below are a bundle of bursting talent.

#art #Porto #bitingintoportugal2016

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I also loved the gardens at the Palacio de Cristal.

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Wearing my favourite Runaway Bicycle pants and carrying the trusty Cord.

 

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SUSTENANCE!

At the end of the day, I appreciated most that there’s a nice little al fresco restaurant at every corner of the town. Port’s North, so it’s Super Bock country. I don’t really mind; it reminds me of Kingfisher strong.

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A traditional Porto dish called Francesinha or a little Frenchie won my comfort food lover’s heart. It’s a sandwich stuffed with wet-cured ham, fresh sausage (mine was steak,) linguiça, covered with melted cheese and served with beer sauce and on a bed of fries. It ain’t little, but I hear the name stuck because a French man introduced it to the Portuguese. I had mine at Cafe Aviz. It was relished.

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Porto market place, I discovered this time, had the other best pastel de natas in Portugal.

Pastel De Nata at the Aveiro market place

Pastel De Nata at the Porto market place

 

Aveiro

I had to go back to Lisbon to catch my flight, so I decided to stop by Aveiro. The town is Portugal’s Venice, they say. The city is built on a system of canals that are navigateand by colourful boats called barcos moliceiros. The guide who showed me around the canals didn’t agree that the city was anything like Venice, and I agree. It had its own charm.

 

SIGHTS!

The art of the boats was interesting and portrayed scenes from every day life.

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The city’s main harvest is salt, and its buildings contemporary.

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My favourite part of the city is a 30 minute bus ride away in Costa Nova. The candy striped houses here are a must-see. I couldn’t stop dreaming about renting on of them and banging out a novel every year just to keep it. Still dreaming.

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NGL, on my last day, My friend and I gave in to a Chinese food craving and went to town on prawn tempura, Chinese curry, pork belly, and jasmine rice. This restaurant called Lucky Garden was great. We ate the food too fast to snap up any pictures. Sorry!

Always with the bestie!

Through the whole trip, my bestie wasn’t too far from me. I practically lived in my Pyjama Tribe SS2016 Chola.

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From Aveiro

 

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to Lisbon, at the Pombal and back!

 

Portugal has always been good to me. This year, especially, it was like a much-needed homecoming; familiar place where I didn’t have to worry even for a moment, and could just be myself. A perfect summer holiday.

Avantika Mehta
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Editor, Pyjama People

Avantika Mehta used to be a lawyer, resident Blue Frog party freak and proud wearer of harem pants curated from Kasol. Then she became a writer and it all went downhill. Famous Scottish journalists have been known to call her ‘a volatile woman.’

Twitter @bitingfriends / Instagram: @bitingfriends

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