After another delicious breakfast, we headed out to the train station to buy our tickets to Tomar. We don’t leave until tomorrow but it’s always good to be prepared!
The train station is very tall and airy, with big open archways to let in the ocean breezes. The walls are covered with more azulejos tiles, and we were thrilled to see some more brightly colored ones along the top! The white and blue is very traditional and eye-catching but we like seeing the other colors as well.
After the train station, we headed back to the south side of the river. We decided to do an early afternoon river cruise, so there was plenty of time to explore! As soon as you come off the Metro on the south side of the river, there is this lovely park built into the hill. It gave us some great views we hadn’t seen yet and we could even see the fog out over the ocean!
We headed down into the city streets to check out another famous local product, port wine. This is a sweet wine made specifically from grapes from this region, and this wine house, Offley, gives free tours and tastes to everyone who has a ticket for the river cruise! (Sorry kids, drinking age here is still 18.) They showed us some aerial footage of the river valley where the grapes are grown and how they are made into wine – we were surprised to see the old cartoon of people smashing grapes with their feet really does happen!
Then it was time for our cruise!! We set off east first, going further upriver so we didn’t miss the bridges on that side of the city.
The first 2 bridges are right next to each other. They’re pretty cool though – the bridge in front was actually designed by Gustave Eiffel, the same guy who did the Eiffel Tower! Can you see the similarities in the style?
Then we went west nearly to the mouth of the river; just past the sailboats and that little bit of land there is the Atlantic Ocean!
We went past a number of other boats, including other tours, fisherman, and people just out enjoying the sunny day. The green, hilly banks and beautiful architecture made a perfect background for pictures – I must have taken 50 just on the river cruise alone!