and "safety instructions" aboard the Viking Torgil .....
we soon realized that this trip was going to be first class with attention to every detail!
The best way to travel with 3 other couples .... no decisions, everything planned with perfection!
Chef Pedro and Program Director Carmen welcomed us with a special dinner and a sunset scenic harbor cruise along the Douro River.
Porto is most famous for it's historic port wine trade and it is the only city in Europe
with six bridges!
The guys got up early to experience going through the first lock.
only the first of many locks and low bridges during our week along the Douro River .......
The scenes along the river were spectacular,
with precision rows of port grape vineyards stacked up every hillside,
lined with olive and almond trees.....
and clear blue skies all week!
Every night we dined together.....
with our attentive waiter, Emanuel.
Who, by the way, enjoyed us so much that he quit after
his last night waiting on us!
He was a sweet boy but missed his Mama!
We managed to celebrate a few special birthdays too!
This was a sample of the sunset view from our dinner table.....
After our evening cocktail and a serenade by the piano player we would retire,
exhausted but eager to explore more of Portugal.
Every morning, Carmen's voice would announce.....
"Bom Dia, your bus is boarding in fifteen minutes!"
And we were on the road to another interesting sight!