(For reasons #1-26, see the previous post)

27. You can buy a wallet made of cork in Portugal, how cool is that? Portugal is the world’s biggest producer and exporter of cork. This material is not only used to make wine bottles’ stoppers, but also fashion accessories, souvenirs, floor or wall coating, furniture, etc.

28. Wine is so good and so cheap. Coming from Singapore where alcohol is so expensive, Portugal seems like heaven. I don’t normally drink, but ended up with a glass of wine almost every day. Local beer tastes good too. Sangria is perfect in hot weather, whether it’s red, pink or white. And Mojito with mixed berries is oh so tasty!!!

29. Portugal has a wine called vinho verde (literally translated as ‘green wine’, but it’s not green in color at all).  It’s very light, fresh, slightly bubbly, and perfect for summer.

30. Even though alcohol is so cheap and readily available everywhere, we did not see a single rowdy party, even at midnight. The crowd in restaurants, bars and pubs seems very mellow, laid-back, and super chilled.

31. Do you know that rose bushes are often planted among grape vines for a practical purpose? Both roses and vines are prone to a fungal infection called mildew. Roses act as an early warning of the disease so that vineyard owners can treat their vines before it’s too late.

32. Douro valley on a week day is wonderfully quiet. It took me a long time to find a day tour on Thu as most agencies only have Sat tours. But it paid off.

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View from Quinta do Seixo Wine Center 

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Sandeman’s iconic logo – The Don wearing a Portuguese students’ black cape, a wide-brimmed hat like the Spanish caballeros and holding a glass of ruby port.

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Port barrels

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Port tasting

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The vineyard – It was early summer, so no grape fruit yet

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Flowers among the vine rows

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33. Taking a cruise while in Douro valley is sooooooo relaxing. The boats use solar power instead of diesel engine, so there’s almost no noise at all.

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34. Pinhão Train Station has some magnificent azulejos depicting panoramic scenery of the Douro valley and various stages of grape harvest

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