Friday, 29 July 2016 – Day 44 – Porto to Regua, Portugal

Friday, 29 July 2016 – Day 44 – Porto to Regua, Portugal 

Up early and got taxi to the Railway station for 7.45 to meet guide for the train/boat tour. She did not make herself very well known. I assumed she was the guide as she had a clipboard with her so approached her. Told me to come back at 8.00 and then a group of us was ushered onto a train and it left at 8.25. Was a pleasant enough journey as far as scenery was concerned. When we got off the train, it was quite a rush to get onto the boat. I wanted a postcard so one of the ladies off the boat was very obliging.

29july-3I must say I did not really enjoy this trip as much as others – the boat was too big and very noisy.  When it was time for our lunch, I thought I had to share with the people at my table – no, it was all for me. Was quite put off it as the overall smell of food in general was quite overpowering and the quantity was too absurd for one person.

On our way back to Porto, we had a stop in a lock which is a device used for raising and lowering boats, ships and other watercraft between stretches of water of different levels on river and canal waterways. The distinguishing feature of a lock is a fixed chamber in which the water level can be varied. The Carrapatelo Dam is the highest lifting lock on the Douro. It lifts the vessels a full 35m. It took 7 years to build and is almost 100m in length.  This was quite fascinating to see how it worked. Took quite awhile before we were finally on our way again.

I was pleased to get off the boat as by now it had warmed up considerably. Went straight back to my hotel in a taxi and had a very early night.

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