So many fantastic places, so many interesting people, such a
difficult language!

I flew to Porto with my eldest daghter and met the youngest at the airport before taking the metro into the city (using an Andante card: 1.20 euros per jurney, 80 cents for the card which you can then top up at newsagents around the city and at the larger stations or interchanges – good for buses and metros but each zone needs a different andante card!)


I had a lovely week with the girls – a mix of culture (you must see Seralves contemporary art museum), lounging by two of the outdoor, slightly out-of-town pools, eating some good food, sampling the port wine and of course wandering and wandering the streets to simply admire the architecture.

You will find these brightly coloured fish all over Porto
Seralves, Porto
Seralves, Porto
Seralves, Porto
Having a laugh by the Pedro Cabría Reís, Cabinet d’amateur 1999, Saralves, Porto
Carmelite Church, Porto, Portugal. Covered with the famous blue and white tiles – an amazing sight
The Virgin’s big heart, Corrigos Tower museum, Porto, Portugal

I took a bus from Porto to Lisbon to stay with a Filipa and meet Sonia, both Shiatsu women who kindly answered my message on the Shiatsu in Portugal facebook page.

Thank you, Filipa
Portugal has delicious figs
Peaceful retreat

On the spur of the moment, I went on a weekend retreat near the Zazere River for wild swimming and peace. I visited the papal shrine and walked the (very short via sacra) in Fatima.

Fatima Shrine

From there I travelled to Coimbra, universiy town.

Citrus grove at the Botanic Gardens, Coimbra

Once back in Porto, I was ready to start the camino.

The shell of St James, patron Saint of the Camino walks to Santiago de Compostella in northern Spain
Follow the yellow arrows from cities and towns all over Portugal, Spain an the rest of the world