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Porto to Salamanca - Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Orientation tour of Porto, including port wine tasting. Back in Spain for a guided tour of Salamanca.

sunny 28 °C

Hotel - Hotel Hospes Palacio De San Estaban, Arroyo de Santo Domingo, 3, Salamanca - Room 403

We experienced a Port tasting at Sandeman in Porto before we left for Salamanca. The House of Sandeman was founded in London in 1790 by George Sandeman, a young Scotsman. He acquired the cellars in 1811 and have been used for more than 200 years to age Sandeman's best Porto Wines.

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We stopped for lunch at a truck stop and it was all closed up. We continued on until we found another one which was manned by one girl - serving and taking payment. She did very well trying to keep up with all our requests for food and drink.

Just as we crossed the Spanish border we hit a big bump in the road and a door beneath the bus flew open. Javier tried to fix it with the help of Robert and Alastair, and Lindsay walked up the road and tried to stop the big trucks from speeding around the corner and killing Javier working on the bus. It was quite incredible how fast they came roaring around the bend. Finally we got it closed after about half an hour and we were on our way.

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Our hotel is an old monestary. It is just lovely. We have a great view from our bedroom window. The walls are feet thick. It is located in the heart of Salamanca and was originally the Convent of San Esteban, from the Black Friar's order.

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We went on a walking tour of the university and the old town and the square. Magnificent. Salamanca is one of the most important university cities in Spain. It attracts thousands of international students and all the courses are completed in Spanish. The University of Salamanca, which was founded in 1218, is the oldest university in Spain and the fourth oldest western university.

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La Plaza Mayor in the main square in the old town. It is surrounded on all sides by these fabulous buildings.

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I bought an icon.

We had dinner in the square with Robert and Pat from Tasmania, Renata and Robi from Canberra and Robert and Pam from New Zealand. It was very pleasant sitting outdoors on a lovely warm evening, sharing a meal with our new friends.

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I felt a lump in the bed and it was a lolly??? Isabel said it was a present from the house maid!

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Posted by gaddingabout 04:54 Archived in Portugal

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