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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Cruise and Land Tour in Portugal - July 15th/15....

AMA offered a complete buffet breakfast every morning.  There was also a bar where one could order omelets, eggs and waffles.  They also offered a special daily, for example, mini-pancakes or French toast.  This morning I had cold cereal, orange juice, coffee, one egg on toast, and a cup of yogurt.  

This morning, we sailed to Regua.  There was a lot of nice scenery with rolling hills of terraced vineyards.  These terraces and vineyards have been developed over centuries.  We would get a close-up view of these terraced vineyards when we got to Regua and drove up into the hills. 

For lunch, I had pea soup and, for the main course, white fish fillet with sautéed spinach and mashed sweet potatoes.  It was a small portion for lunch, and very tasty.  For dessert, a small piece of raspberry cheese cake, and I had a coke.

We arrived at Regua in the mid-afternoon.  The two primary purposes of the stop were to drive into the hills for a tour and wine tasting, and to visit the wine museum in Regua.  The drive up into the hills afforded some dramatic scenery of never-ending terraced vineyards - it is one of the most beautiful wine producing areas in the world.  We received a wine tour and tasting at the Sandeman Winery, located on a hilltop, which gave us a wonderful view of the surrounding area. 

After the wine tasting, we stopped at the Port Wine Museum (or Casa do Douro).  The Museum depicts and displays the history and production of port wine in the Douro Valley.  Outside the Museum there is an impressive rabelos, which was used to transport barrels of port along the Douro River.  From the Museum, we walked back to the ship.

For dinner, I had the amuse bouche of aubergine (eggplant) with honey, sesame and hot peppers.  For the appetizer, salmon caper tart and the soup was cauliflower cream.  My main course was lamb chops with rosemary roast potatoes and broccoli - the red wine was excellent as usual.  The dessert was small portions of strawberry cheesecake and chocolate cake, and a scoop of strawberry ice cream.

AMA brought some local entertainers on board for folk and fado entertainment. 

Photos belong to Phil Bianco 

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