^Ponte Dom Luís I (Dom Luís I Bridge) – my favourite of the six main bridges in Porto.
On the left side is Porto and on the right is Vila Nova De Gaia (or just Gaia), where you’ll find the ever-so-popular port wine houses.
Combined with those that I took last October, I must have a bazillion of photos of the SAME PLACE stored on my laptop..
^It’s not a great pic (out of focus/awkward pose), but I’m wearing:
My spiky bangle, which my fashion friend Kristabel loves, is in fact from Primark!
More Goofing Around
^ Me with Flo, who’s from Valencia. I call her my little Spanish uva (grape).
The temperature that day was about 12-14 but with the sunshine, it was warm enough for us to lay down on the concrete and stare into the sky for a while.
^Izan & Flo
Reena was missing because she was too hungover/dead and so she stayed in the apartment.
^My ring is by H&M. The hand on the right is Flo’s.
^I love this group photo of us!
I used the timer on my camera and this was the first shot. Naturally, we tried to do a second take, but this is what happened..
^AN OLD DUDE taking a picture of our bums?? Hahaha!
Adega São Nicolau
If you’ve been to Portugal, you’ll identify that one of their staple dishes is salt cod – known locally as ‘bacalhau’.
Izan is absolutely in love with the Bacalhau à Lagareiro, which is salt cod with onions, potatoes, peppers, and lots of olive oil. Understandably, because it’s freaking delicious.
^My mama says I should smile with my teeth more.. I think I’ve done her proud 😀
^Credit to Izan for the above two food pics (edited by me) – see, she’s so in love with it that she made sure to photograph it well!
Adega São Nicolau
Rua de São Nicolau 1
4050 Oporto, Portugal
+351 222 008 232
Dinner & Saturday Night
^This was us for a good few hours after returning from Ribeira.
We were so knackered from lack of sleep the night before (up till 6am). We just laid around the apartment surrounded by food and music. Kind of like pigs, really.
We had a late dinner at Adega do Carregal, which was a recommendation by our awesome Airbnb host, Tomás. It was literally around the corner from our apartment, in the downtown/historic centre of Porto.
This must be a place frequented by locals as I could barely find any info on it on Google and we were probably the only non-Portuguese people in the restaurant. The prices were low and the food was really good!
^The girls with sweet Paulo, a new friend we made on this trip.
He had hung out with us at our apartment as we lazed around and caught up on some rest before dinner.
^My little uva and I
^Upon Paulo’s suggestion, Flo and I ordered Frango de Cabidela / Arroz the Cabidela (frango = chicken / arroz = rice).
Arroz de Cabidela is a Portuguese dish made with poultry or rabbit, along with its blood. This is what gives the sauce a greyish/brown hue. It had a bit of a sour taste to it but I LOVED IT.
It was EVEN BETTER after I ordered a side of fried egg (with runny yellow) to have with it – to Paulo’s disgust and disapproval.. 😉
Adega do Carregal
Travessa do Carregal 102
After filling our tummies, it was time to PARTY! We love partying at the Baixa (downtown), which was a mere five-minute walk from the restaurant.
I don’t have many pics from the night.. but here’s what I could find:
^Reena in our overused ‘paradise glasses’. I don’t remember what this bar was called.. there are too many in the area!
^This I do know was from Plano B, one of the bigger and better known bars/clubs.
It has an art-gallery feel and really high ceilings. I was mesmerised by the colourful lights and giant mirrorball in the upstairs area. There’s also a downstairs where they have DJs and live bands.
^Reena, Me, & Luis
Luis is a friend we made on our first trip in October, as a result of wandering around aimlessly on a Monday night. We had gone to ask for recommendations from the nearest bar, where he happened to be working. He gave us some really good ideas and we ended up partying with him and his friends.
So of course.. we did it again! This time he took us (Reena & I) away from the Baixa to a club called Pitch.
I don’t remember how it began, but my nickname for him is Frog. Or Sapo (frog in Portuguese).
It was a large part thanks to him that our trip was so awesome (heaps of fun) even though we missed The Color Run. So THANKS LUIS!
Here is a video – the start is us being idiots at our apartment, and then standing outside Pitch.. also being idiots.
Reena came up with ‘O fuckin’ Lá’ – her version of ‘Olá (‘hello’ in Portuguese) and we were TOO AMUSED by it. Luckily, most people who heard it from us felt the same 😉