Porto, Portugal, October 15, 2018

It was raining all the way to Porto but I managed just fine.  I also found the hostel parking quickly and only have to pay $4.50/day!  That's impressive.  I couldn't check into the hostel until 3 pm so I went exploring Porto in the drizzle.  Grey, cloudy skies do not make for nice pictures but maybe tomorrow will be sunny!
The Torre des Clerigos was completed in 1763 and can be seen from all over Porto-

It's part of the Clerigos Church which is in baroque style and was completed in 1750.  The main altar is decorated with baroque motifs-

  Next to the church and through a park which has distorted olive trees-

is the Livraria Lello, the most beautiful book store in the world-

A winding staircase takes you to the second floor-

They have two rare editions of Le Petit Prince, in English and in French, signed by Antoine de Saint Exupery in 1943.  There were only 260 French copies and 525 English copies printed-

  J.K. Rowling says this bookstore was a huge inspiration for her in writin…

Pinhão, Portugal, October 14, 2018

It was a cooler day - only 18 degrees, cloudy and windy so I enjoyed my hotel room and read my book until about 3 pm when I drove to nearby Pinhão to see more of the Douro and to visit Quinta do Bimfim.  There's a dam between the two villages-

that keeps the water really high on the Pinhão side.  River boats pass through but I didn't see the lock. 
Once in Pinhão, I thought I was going up to Castal de Loivos for an awesome view but somehow that's not where I ended up.  Oh well, it was still a nice spot-

I had a reservation for a winery tour at 6 pm at Quinta do Bimfim but when I got there at 4, they said I could go right away.  Another woman was also at reception and she asked if she could just have a drink which is what I really wanted to do.  I've been to many wineries and want to go on a port tour in Porto so that's what I opted to do too.  
Quinta de Bimfim belongs to the Symington family who have Scottish, English and Portuguese ancestry.  They've been in the …