Wine tasting in the Douro Valley

What’s the best part of visiting Portugal in the off-season? Well, when we did a tour of the famous Douro Valley, we had nearly the entire area to ourselves. This well-known wine countryside is usually packed during the summer, so it was nice to not be bombarded with tourists as we visited the various vineyards. It’s located in the North of Portugal and makes for a nice wine-tasting trip from Porto.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you to Chloe of My Life Living Abroad for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, an award passed along from one blogger to another. Chloe created the Bloggers in Paris Facebook group, which I am so grateful to have stumbled upon here in France. It’s full of incredibly creative and talented people who are all interested in sharing their Parisian experiences. Here are my answers to Chloe’s fun set of questions, along with the two blogs I nominate next.

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Tops from Porto, Portugal

Igreja Capela Das Almas

During my family’s trip to Portugal, we took a 3-hour train ride to Porto, the region which actually gave the name to “Portugal”. The people of Porto are referred to as “Tripeiros”, which translates to “tripe-eaters”. It may sound insulting, but it’s actually a name taken to with pride. Back in the 15th-century when the Portuguese set out to conquer other lands, food was reserved for the army and explorers. All that was left behind was tripe and other leftovers, as the Portuguese proudly sacrificed the good food for those fighting for their country.

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