We rolled into the second largest city in Portugal today, Porto, with just a few plans and the general thought of exploring. We discovered half its 2.3 million population might just be cruise ship passengers! We made our way through the crowds for long enough to take a ride in the Guindais Funicular up the steep hillside to get a view of the bridge and across the river.

Afterwards, we took the steep steps back down to the river and walked along the water for a little bit. We found a restaurant on the water and had a nice slow lunch including Portuguese soup which, if I’m correct, is commonly eaten in this country twice a day at lunch and dinner. Now I could definitely get into the swing of that!  Maybe that’s why the people of this country are so nice? They’ve been soothed each day by soup? I found myself so sleepy after lunch that I decided to take a break for the day while Colin went to the gym.

After meeting back together, it was off to a fancy dinner at the Yeatman Hotel. All in all, although we hadn’t planned on having such a simple day and never really connected with the city, we were glad we came and were able to experience it for ourselves. Tomorrow we head north once again!


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.