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4:26pm on Saturday, 10th September, 2022:



Today's port of call was Oporto. For the first time, the ship docked with the exit on the starboard side, so we got something to look at from our cabin window. The cruise port, which is a 30-minute drive from Oporto, is basically concrete walls with seagulls sitting on them. The open sea would have been more interesting.

Oporto is great, though! It's picturesque (that is, hilly) with a wide river running through the middle. The houses in the old town have a very distinct look about them that gives it a lot of character:

The only problem is, it's easy to get lost when trying to get from the top to the bottom. Some of the steps down end some way short of the riverfront, so if you're unlucky then you may have to walk back up them again. You really don't want to do that.

We had a look around the stock exchange museum, which has some good bits in it. It also has paintings of people who in the past were chair of the stock exchange.

It's work like this that gives me the sense that I could be a professional artist, despite lacking any ability in that department whatsoever.

Tomorrow is a sea day. This is welcome news, because my feet are going to need time to recover from today's escapade.

In an alternative universe, there is a ity called Ostarboardo in a country called Starboardugal.

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