Porto

After completing the Camino de Santiago with my girlfriend, we rented a car and made for Porto to let our feet relax, sip on some deliciousness, and dry off from the 206 km trek. Porto welcomed us with open arms. The food and the people were a delight, from the owners of the guesthouse that came for us in the middle of the night to the sommelier at Ferreira. The medieval city is still as orange as ever, it's terracotta roofs stretch on both sides of the Rio Douro, pillowing a blue sky above. There's a beautiful cathedral with a cloister strewn with iconic blue and white tiles, and the oldest bookstore in Europe is a testament to the cultural heritage that makes this city so unique. Though it seems to be crumbling in places, the walls are gratified with colors that make the heart leap, and behind old walls are vibrant boutiques with curry flavored chocolate and cork purses.