A couple of days before we had berthed at Peso da Regua around 6pm so those that wanted could visi the Douro Museum. Muriel and I had decided not to visit. It had been touch and go whether we would get their in time for the tour. Also it was freezing and staying on the ship was a better option.
In the morning we would have a couple of hours in Regua before sailing down the Douro going through several locks. As the Douro River is still a bit wild ships are only allowed to sale during the day.
That morning it was even colder – freezing is a better word. We had been told that it was snowing on the mountains just 5 mins away from Regua.
While we were having breakfast our ship Scenic Azure moved from Regua port to the other side of the river to refuel.
Where we had berthed the famous Sandman Winery had one of their many vineyards and winery.
There is also the Quinta Da Pacheca – where you can sleep in huge wine barrels.
My photo below isn’t that good, I took it from the coach.
So where is Regua? Its right on the Douro River. If you read anything on line about Regua is that its a sun drenched town on the Douro in the Villa Real district. Its in the northern part of the Portugal. As we crossed over one of the 3 bridges I noticed an awesome Motor home park right on the river. It would be lovely to spend a few days or weeks. We passed Regua via the bridges a couple of times on our way to other destinations while on the Douro. The city became the major distribution of Port Wine back in the the 13th Century.
Our first stop was one of the many chemists in Regua. I knew that this cold snap was not good for my lungs. My asthma was bad and a cold/flu was developing. There were a few others on the ship coming down with something and with my lungs I didn’t want to take any chances.
The pharmacist was lovely and could speak a little english. She went through some medications for the cough. I wasn’t sure due to my lack of Portuguese that it wouldn’t mess with my other medications. I decided to stay safe and go with the Portuguese Stepsils with added vitamin c. I was already taking camu camu – vitamin C and Zinc. The day before I began taking my antibiotics and prednisone for my asthma.
Next stop was to buy extra jumpers. Both Muriel and I had a couple of jumpers but they were lightweight we needed something a bit warmer. So shopping it was. Everyone was heading to the chemist then shopping for warmer clothes. We weren’t the only ones who had been caught short with this “cold spell”. Personally, I would call it freezing spell.
Both Muriel and I quickly purchased a couple of jumpers. I think the shop was one of those bargain shops but when your cold who cares. Its winter here in Australia and Im yet to wear it. I might donate it to the local Opportunity Shop where I volunteer but not just yet.
The Main Photo of Muriel with one of the jumpers she purchased in Regua.
The two hours we had in Regua were nearly over. As we wandered down to where the coach would be I took a few photos. We were actually the last on the bus.
Our next port would be Barca D’Alva. We spent an afternoon cruising down the river going through several locks. I will do a separate post on the locks and entertainment on board.
The following day everyone would be visiting Salamanca in Spain. The cruise director Filipe advised me it might be best if I stay on board. The weather in Salamanca was scheduled to be freezing and very windy. They were worried about my health. I felt so cared for.
Next post is on Salamanca. Muriel has written the blog post which I will post in a couple of days.