We are on our way to Portugal this afternoon to cruise the beautiful Douro River. Friends left yesterday on a different flight and we’ll meet them tomorrow night in Lisbon, where we’ll board a Viking cruise on what’s said to be one of the most beautiful rivers in the world.
We’ll be passing through (and walking through) some beautiful old cities and tasting, what else, but port.
As you might remember from last year, I’ve quite taken to the leisurely pace of a river cruise. It’s wonderful to unpack only once and have our basic needs taken care of, while we simply enjoy a different beautiful place every day. It’s a lot different from our usual trips and that mellow vibe resonates with me. We don’t always travel this way, but this trip was irresistible, as was the opportunity to spend time with our very fun friends.
Of course, we may not sail at all, we may just float in place, because the Douro is not navigable at present due to high tides. Authorities are not allowing anyone to sail. Now, things may be different on Thursday, when we are due to sail. But they may not and so we’re preparing ourselves. Weather forecasts are rather gloomy, so we’ve got our rain gear and warmer clothes in our bags and to keep even warmer, well, we’ll just drink more port. It is, you know, PORTugal!
We know whatever happens, we’ll have fun.
We come through London on the way home, just overnight (don’t ask,) and we plan to spend an afternoon at the British Museum before boarding our flight home the following morning. To make it even more convenient, we booked a hotel right across the street from the British Museum.
And no, I’m not having any crazy thoughts about traveling these days. Well, ok. I’m having them but then just letting them float up, up and away, using this Clouds Meditation.
While I am gone, I’ve lined up some cool guest writers for my blog. As always, a post will appear every week day. I hope you’ll enjoy the varied topics and show your support in the Comments.
Finally, my dear friend, Rena, will be watching over my website and my social media participation while I’m gone. I’ll still pop up from time to time, but my plan is to enjoy my trip, which means being in the moment. That moment may be in port a lot.
This trip will be my first to Portugal and I’m looking forward to it. If you have been, I’d love to hear any input you have.