It’d been almost an hour since we’d been waiting for bus no.2 by the Braga train station. “C’est compliqué en Dimanche” – said the Portuguese woman to a French couple nearby before she jumped on her bus and took off, leaving us clueless tourists behind.
We decided to grab a taxi, which conveniently delivered us to the hilltop of the religious sanctuary named Bom Jesus do Monte, that boasts a beautiful church
with its wedding cake altars
and a garden that comes alive in the spring.
This also meant that we got to skip the 600 steps climbing up the stunning baroque stairway
that symbolizes the ascent from the material world into the spiritual one – best accomplished on your knees, with stops at fountains along the way for purification.
Instead, we walked leisurely down to the material world.
On the return journey, we encountered enthusiastic FC Porto fans on their way to Dragon Stadium, celebrating their first Liga Title in five years.
Back to the São Bento Station in Porto, we paused to admire the incredible tile panels by Jorge Colaço, dating from 1905–1916, depicting historic battles and the chronology of transportation.
The day was hot and we weren’t in the mood for a fully cooked meal, so we stopped by Saboriccia for some charcuterie meat, Portuguese flame grilled Chouriço and a glass of crisp Vinho Verde.
Then we followed our noses to Manteigaria for Portuguese egg tarts, piping hot fresh off the oven
And finish the day with our favorite gelato in Porto.
Both the port wine and pistachio flavors were divine.
This wraps up our four-day sojourn in Porto, Portugal.
Coming up next in the Travel section: Copenhagen and the Faroe Islands.