Mum & Sis in Portugal (Part 4)

Came across this recent article in The Straits Times (“Europe for less”, 6 Sep 2013) and was pleased that Portugal was highlighted as an up-and-coming destination, together with countries in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.  This little-known gem is finally getting publicity in Singapore :)  Hopefully, there will soon be direct flights between Portugal and Singapore, ie. my wish for the past 2 years and counting.Screen shot 2013-09-10 at PM 08.29.43

A timely article as I finally get down to writing Part 4, ie. final instalment, of “Mum & Sis in Portugal”.  In fact, Part 4 is all about a whirlwind weekend trip to Viana to celebrate Querido’s mummy’s birthday, coupled with a “touch-and-go” side visit to Porto.  Very intensive weekend – Happy and eventful :)001 collage (1)

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal (after Lisbon) and Querido spent his undergraduate years here.  Its historic centre has been recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.  An interesting tidbit – Port wine, which most of you are familiar with, is in fact a Portuguese fortified wine produced exclusively in the Douro region of Portugal.  And, the seaport city of Porto is located at the mouth of the Douro river!  So, now you know how Port wine got its name :)001 collage (1)001 collage (1)

25 August 2013 was the day of Querido’s mummy’s birthday celebration. We managed to squeeze in a visit to Santa Luzia Basilica before the birthday lunch and enjoyed a panaromic view of Viana.  There was an ongoing baptism and the church was totally packed.  According to Ongnie, she rated Santa Luzia as the best church in Portugal.001 collage (1)

Thereafter, it was time for the birthday lunch and my favourite seafood rice!  It wasn’t the typical Singaporean style of “dining out” birthday meal.  In my opinion, the cosy homely celebration was more heartwarming :) 001 Collage (1)001 Collage (1)

ps. Querido and I still have not figured out how our mummies communicated, as one spoke Portuguese and the other, Mandarin. It was their first meeting, despite having been facebook friends for quite a while.  Nonetheless, they hit it off and even went shopping (just the 2 of them) for a while in Porto.  So, as a parting shot, the following collage is dedicated to the 2 mummies :)001 collage (1)

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