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Porto – The Place and the Drink

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Well! After a short flight on a very small and noisy plane, we arrived in another Portuguese city, called Porto. This place is similar to Lisbon in many ways, but a lot smaller, and a little colder.

The first thing we did (after dropping off our luggage at the hotel), was go to the beach.  I have decided that I like sitting on the sand and drawing pictures with a stick! What do you think of my efforts? After a while Sopi suggested that we all have an ice cream. FINALLY, I have been here five days without a single scoop! Because of this, Sopi said that I could have two flavours, so I was happy again.

Off to Porto

Off to Porto

We took a fun little plane to Porto.

Ready to LEave

Ready to LEave

Arrived in Porto

Arrived in Porto

It was such a quick trip! Only 30 minutes!!

Beach Time!

Beach Time!

Cold Water

Cold Water

The Atlantic is even colder here than in Lisbon

Sopi - Portugal

Sopi - Portugal

Sopi took me on a trip from Georgia to Portugal. We saw some lovely towns, learned how to make Port wine and ate (very hot) Chicken Piri-Piri. Portugal was very nice, and Sopi was a wonderful companion.

Sunbathing Again!

Sunbathing Again!

Writing in the Sand

Writing in the Sand

ICE CREAM

ICE CREAM

So many flavours to choose from!!!

ICE CREAM

ICE CREAM

Decisions, Decisions...

ICE CREAM

ICE CREAM

Sopi let me have two flavours!

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Later, we went to the river at the port entrance. Oh! I have just realised why it is called Porto!

I got such a surprise. We were taken on a lovely ride on a boat and saw many beautiful buildings on the land. I have decided that I quite enjoy boat rides!

Down by the River

Down by the River

Watching the Boats Come In

Watching the Boats Come In

Fun-Looking Boat

Fun-Looking Boat

Messing About on the Water

Messing About on the Water

Sitting With Sopi

Sitting With Sopi

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Views from the Water

Views from the Water

Safety First!

Safety First!

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The next day, we took a bus to a special place where they make something called Port. I did not know that wine was made from grapes (it seems a bit of a waste of good fruit, to be honest), and I did not know that Port is a special, ‘fortified’ wine (I think that just means ‘made stronger’). 

The tour was very interesting. It takes a lot of work to make wine, and then even more work to make it into Port.  I do not really like the taste of alcohol (I tried a little bit of beer in Oregon), but this was very sweet, smooth and nice. I enjoyed it very much. I do not know why, but I kept telling Sopi that she was my best friend. Which was confusing, because there were two of her…

That evening, we celebrated the day with some new local food called Chicken Piri-Piri. I have never tasted anything so spicy before! It burned my mouth very much. The girls loved it, but it was just too much for my little mouth! Maybe next time they can make me one with just ONE Piri in it. I think it was the second Piri that made it too hot for me.

The Port Wine Route

The Port Wine Route

We Have Arrived!

We Have Arrived!

BIG Bottle

BIG Bottle

This was carved from the actual tree!

Portugal Wine Country

Portugal Wine Country

Portugal Wine Country

Portugal Wine Country

Grape (and Bear) Basket

Grape (and Bear) Basket

Collecting Grapes

Collecting Grapes

I promise - I didn't eat a single one!

Grape Picking

Grape Picking

I DID eat some of THESE though...

Time to Choose!

Time to Choose!

Time to Drink

Time to Drink

I got my very own glass of Port. It was sweet and lovely - HIC!

Piri-Piri Pain!

Piri-Piri Pain!

This is SO nice, but the sauce is SO Hot!

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We took one last look around the town before going back to the hotel. We fly home to Tbilisi tomorrow. I will miss Portugal a LOT. The food was amazing, and I fell in love with Port! It will be good to see David and the cats again, but I could happily live in this part of the world.

Jumble Phone Home!

Jumble Phone Home!

Giving David a quick call!

Porto

Porto

Fountain

Fountain

Portugal

Portugal

Lisbon? Porto? I am so confused - This is SOMEWHERE in Portugal

More Pretty Tiles

More Pretty Tiles

Picture Tiles

Picture Tiles

Beautiful Ceiling

Beautiful Ceiling

'LEAF' Me Alone!

'LEAF' Me Alone!

'Water' Nice View!

'Water' Nice View!

Aaaand - RELAX!

Aaaand - RELAX!

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Cascais – Portugal

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This morning, we all woke early and went to the bus station, where we caught a bus to the nearby town of Cascais. This had some lovely beaches, and we all sunbathed for a while.

I have never sunbathed before. It seems you just take off all your clothes and sit around waiting for your skin to turn brown. I think that most of the people around me were doing it wrong, as they were nearly all a bright pink colour. Perhaps they were like me, and new to sunbathing. As I am already brown, I just sat in the sun, waiting for the girls to get hungry… 

Later, we went to a restaurant and ate some lovely food. I must say that, apart from the pretty houses, Portuguese food is almost the nicest I have ever tasted. It has many more flavours than Georgian and Armenian food, although I love some of that too!

When it was getting late, we caught the bus back to Lisbon. On the way, Sopi told me that we would be flying again tomorrow. We are going to somewhere called Porto.

Travelling Again

Travelling Again

We are on the bus to Cascais.

On The Beach

On The Beach

The sand was hot, the breeze was cool, and the sea smelled lovely!

On The Beach

On The Beach

I was scared that this seagull wanted to eat me...

I really liked it on the pretty beach.
On The Beach

On The Beach

LOVE the Sea

LOVE the Sea

I do...

Dinner Time

Dinner Time

My favourite time of day!

Dinner Time

Dinner Time

We found a lovely little courtyard that served wonderful food.

Dinner Time

Dinner Time

Sorry - I cannot talk with my mouth full...

Dinner Time

Dinner Time

I am a very full little bear

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The Museum of Modern Art – Lisbon

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As they say, 'I don't know art, but I know what I like.'

I must be honest. I did not like any of it. There were no pictures of famous places or people, no statues of Queens and Kings, and not even an ice cream shop! All I saw were pictures of legs, some more legs, a few legs, and legs. I do not understand these pictures at all.

In the middle of one room was a brightly coloured… thing. Yes, the colours were pretty, but I have NO IDEA what I was looking at!

The girls liked everything, but I am a simple little bear and I did not enjoy it at all!

Sorry Sopi!

The Museum Entrance

The Museum Entrance

Coloured Pyramid

Coloured Pyramid

I do not know what this is!

Coloured Pyramid

Coloured Pyramid

It looks like something from an infant's school

Legs!

Legs!

This is a woman, and her legs!

Legs

Legs

These are legs, but no woman!

Women

Women

These are women, without their legs! I do not understand this 'art'.

A Coloured Shape

A Coloured Shape

I looked at this for a very long time. One day later, and I STILL have no idea what I saw...

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Belem District – Lisbon

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Today, we walked down to the promenade. The Atlantic Ocean feeds this area. I was quite excited, as this is the second ocean I have now seen, but to be honest, it looked very similar to the Pacific - blue and wet!

Belem was beautiful. There were many statues, museums and memorials in this area. They seem to have knocked down all the ice cream shops to build them. I only saw one place that sold crepes, toast and other nice things, but Sopi would not let me have any. It was not a complete disappointment. The weather was lovely, the buildings and memorials were very big and impressive. My favourites were the Belem Fortress, a small keep that was just offshore, and a huge memorial to all the maritime explorers over the centuries.

We also saw a very large monastery called Jeronimo’s Monastery, and the Museu Coleção Berardo, a museum of modern art. I will write about that later.

Lisbon streets are very pretty. I love their coloured tiles and pretty windows. However, there was also a lot of graffiti all over the statues and walls. I have not seen it like this in Olso, Georgia or any of the other places I have visited. That made me a little bit sad.

Later , we went to the Jardim de Estrela, which is Portuguese for ‘Star Garden’. I didn’t see any stars,. But then, it was only 4PM.

Jeronimo's Monastery

Jeronimo's Monastery

Sopi and I loved this building!

Jeronimo's Monastery

Jeronimo's Monastery

Beautiful Building

Jeronimo's Monastery

Jeronimo's Monastery

Jeronimo's Monastery

Jeronimo's Monastery

The Water's Edge

The Water's Edge

Looking across the water to the other part of Lisbon

We did not go, but it looked like fun!
Boat Trip

Boat Trip

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

The Memorial to all Sailors

Belém Tower

Belém Tower

The Torre de Belém was a really great looking place. I can imagine how it would defend the entrance to Lisbon.

Belém Tower

Belém Tower

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Lisbon Tiles

Lisbon Tiles

These pretty tiles are even nicer than the blue ones I saw yesterday!

Lisbon Streets

Lisbon Streets

Lisbon Streets

Lisbon Streets

Lisbon Streets

Lisbon Streets

Lisbon Streets

Lisbon Streets

Knock Knock!

Lisbon Streets

Lisbon Streets

Is it Lunch?

Is it Lunch?

...apparently not!

A 'Bear'y Nice Surprise

A 'Bear'y Nice Surprise

We met another bear. He was a 'little' larger than me.

Pretty House

Pretty House

Jardim de Estrela

Jardim de Estrela

Star Garden history...

Jardim de Estrela

Jardim de Estrela

This statue was pretty, but the graffiti was not!

Jardim de Estrela

Jardim de Estrela

Relaxing...

Jardim de Estrela

Jardim de Estrela

Resting my poor little feet!

Jardim de Estrela

Jardim de Estrela

I think this plant's name was Vera, because everyone kept saying 'Allo Vera'.

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Lisbon – Portugal

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Wow - I am on the move again! I have had a lovely summer in Tbilisi with David, but it is time to move on again and try to find my way home. David said that I can come back whenever I wish, and if I do not find my owner, I certainly will.

I have travelled to a lovely country called Portugal with my Georgian friend, Sopi. So far, we have only been here for one day, but already we have had some adventures:

I have flown for many kilometres from Georgia to Turkey, where we waited for a long time to catch another plane to Portugal.

Once we arrived, and had put our cases in the hotel, we went for a little walk around Lisbon (it is the capital). We saw many interesting statues of people I have never heard of. Sopi said that one statue looked a lot like Stalin. I also did not know who he was, but I did not say anything…

After this, we took a ride on a lovely yellow tram. That was a lot of fun.

However, as always, my favourite part was when we had something to eat. I like Portuguese food a LOT.

Tbilisi Airport

Tbilisi Airport

I have my ticket to Portugal...

Tbilisi Airport

Tbilisi Airport

On the plane!

Lisbon Streets

Lisbon Streets

Lovely tiled houses

Views of Lisbon

Views of Lisbon

I love the view of the town and the water

Lisbon Statues

Lisbon Statues

This is the 'Stalin' Statue.

Fado Statues

Fado Statues

I was told that Fado is famous music

Lisbon Tram

Lisbon Tram

The lovely yellow tram

On the Tram

On the Tram

The tram is very popular

Tram Views

Tram Views

In the tram, looking out

Sopi's Seat

Sopi's Seat

Me and Sopi in the tram

My Seat

My Seat

I have a seat all to myself

Tram Streets

Tram Streets

I love these little streets

Dinner Time

Dinner Time

I love Portuguese food!

Nom-nom-nom

Nom-nom-nom

Chicken, chips, bread... Mmmm!

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Tehran Markets – Iran

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Phew! This last trip has been such a long one! I have been travelling in a very different country to those that I have visited before.

I have been in a country called Iran. The language is very different, the writing is the strangest that I have seen so far (and remember, I have been to Georgia and Armenia…). The food was different, the people were different and the way that they lived too.

However, they are some of the friendliest people I have ever met in my little life.

I was taken to Iran with a group of people and plushies and we arrived in Tehran, the capital. The first thing that we did was go to the market and have a look around. There were many wonderful things there, but I did not have any money to buy anything.

It was a long day, so I was happy to travel back to the hotel on the metro.

I hope that you enjoy the photos.

Tehran Market - Plates

Tehran Market - Plates

I love this colourful crockery

Tehran Market - Tiles

Tehran Market - Tiles

These would make any wall very bright indeed!

Tehran Market - Tiles

Tehran Market - Tiles

They are all hand-painted

Tehran Market - Cameras

Tehran Market - Cameras

I have never seen a camera like these. Instead of a big screen, there was a big door on the back...

Tehran Market - Market Vendors

Tehran Market - Market Vendors

I met these nice men at the market.

Tehran Market - Notebooks

Tehran Market - Notebooks

So many bright and colourful things in the market, including these notebooks.

Tehran Market - Cars

Tehran Market - Cars

These cars are too small, even for me!

Time to go Home

Time to go Home

We travelled on the metro to get back home to the hotel.

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