If you’re a long-time reader of the blog then you have probably noticed I very rarely celebrate my birthday in my home country (France) or my adoptive country (England). My plan usually consists in escaping to another country and celebrating there. In the past 4 years, I’ve turned one year older in Spain, the Netherlands, Iceland and this year, Portugal.
Our trip to Lisbon last year was a big part of why I decided to go to Porto this year. We had such a fantastic time munching on pasteis de bata, strolling the streets of Baixa and the Alfama, riding cable cars and eating our way around the city that I was left wanting to explore more of this beautiful country.
I picked Porto for its warm weather, stunning white and blue azulejos, hilly backstreets and wine. And it really didn’t disappoint. I loved the colourful buildings, chilled atmosphere, and the wonderful food.
I highly recommend getting lost in the little streets of the Ribeira district, watching the sun set over the Dom Luis I Bridge while sipping wine at Wine Quay Bar and crossing the bridge to spend the day in Vila Nova de Gaia and sample port wine while overlooking the city.
I couldn’t have wished for a better way to celebrate my birthday!