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We loved Porto, and its zombie apocalypse vibe. It was nearly empty, with buildings crumbling and a nearly dark skyline. The tile is amazing, food was okay (not much open), and it’s a great manageable city to walk around.

We stayed at *Castelo Santa Catarina, a B&B-style place, walking distance to town, in a 200-year old castle. It was fine, though in a neighborhood filled with prostitution – mostly men. I would stay on the east side of the river.

The port houses of Porto aren’t actually in Porto. They’re across the river (a 5-10 minute walk) in Vila Nova de Gaia. Just over the iron-trellised Ponte Luís I bridge (which may look familiar in style, as it was made by a partner of Eiffel) there are over a dozen port houses that open their doors for free or low-cost tasting.

We went to Sandeman’s (quite interesting) and Graham’s, and discovered we prefer Ruby Port.

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