Picture the glittering lights of Lisbon, sweeping vistas of the stunning Douro Valley, Baroque architecture, colorful ceramic tiles, and delightful surprises. These are just a few of the facets of this wonderful country that we captured for our Instagram gallery during our first visit there on our Viking River “Portugal’s River of Gold” cruise. Here’s a glimpse of Portugal on Instagram.
After an exciting ride into the hills that took our large coach on twisting roads sometimes extremely close to the edge, we reached the Quinta do Seixo wine estate. I loved this late-afternoon view of the valley and hills over the red roofs of the winery.
We loved this festively-decorated building in Lisbon and the gold lights of street decorations draping over the street.
Soon after arriving in Lisbon after our flights from the United States, we walked a few blocks from the Hotel Tivoli for an authentic Portuguese lunch at As Velhas. Lisbon is quite hilly, and the narrow street pictured above climbs much further up the hill than you can see in this photo.
It was a rainy day when we stepped into the warmth of Clérigos Church in Porto to admire its ornate baroque beauty. Its bell tower, the Torre dos Clérigos, can be seen from most points in the city and is one of Porto’s most characteristic symbols.
Red is my favorite color, and I love how it popped out on the holiday decoration pictured above, red sacks with evergreen boughs on this storefront in Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was first settled in the 9th century and is often called “the birthplace of the Portuguese nation”. We saw this type of decoration in several places as we toured the Douro River region. The passerby in red seemed to fit in just right.
On our way by coach from Lisbon to Porto (where our cruise on the Douro River would begin) we got a glimpse of the library at the University of Coimbra its beautiful décor and its amazing collection of ancient books.
Even in winter, the gardens of the 18th-century Mateus Palace in Portugal are lush with green hedges, typical of noble elegance. Are you familiar with Mateus Rosé? The palace was depicted on the bottle’s label.
One of the disinctive azulejo ceramic tile works on the steps of the grand baroque staircase in Lamego from the city center to Santuario Nossa dos Remedios (Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies) at the top of the hill. Azulejo blue and white tiles are very common forms of decoration seen throughout Portugal on building facades and monuments.
Is she having second thoughts? Perhaps she was just considering the effect dragging her beautiful dress across the wet stones was having on it. I can’t resist taking photos of brides and bridal parties when I come upon them unexpectedly when I travel. This bride sighting was in Guimarães.
Pretty in pink in Portugal — this little pink car parked on the main street of Pinhão, a picturesque town along the Douro River and in the center of the Douro wine region, caught my attention. The color contrasted perfectly with the background of old buildings and the cobblestone street.
Mr. TWS and I were quickly enamored with Portugal and will be telling you much more about the highlights of our Douro River cruise and pre-cruise stay in Lisbon. Thanks to Viking River Cruises for sponsoring this amazing experience.