The ship arrived in Port before 8 this morning. We got up a little earlier than usual, grabbed breakfast and went ashore.
We've been here before, and knew exactly what we wanted to do so we headed along the pier to join the main road that runs along the seaside. We got sidetracked almost immediately by something we had seen before, a sort of rocky outcrop that obviously used to be some sort of fortification but seemed to have been absorbed by the pier and dock buildings.
A scruffy looking man was opening doors in it's side, and shouted "It's free!" as we eyed it up warily. So we climbed the steps to see what the view was like at the top.
|View from the Principality of Pontinha|
Then we went to where we had intended to get all along, the toboggans! They were waiting for us. All the men that push the sledges were hanging around waiting for the first gullible tourists.. As were the other gullible tourists......... All sort of collecting together at the side of the road, waiting to see who would go first, a bit like the gnu's in Africa, eyeing up the river full of crocodiles that they know they have to cross.So me and Peter went first. And thoroughly enjoyed it. It wasn't anywhere near as scary as it looks, in fact, I thought we went quite slowly. The two guys pushing seemed to be earning their keep for sure, and they took us half the way back to the city centre. At this point we were pestered to buy a photo, or take a taxi, but we decided to walk the rest of the way. It was downhill after all.
We are about to go for a little more of a wander, maybe find some food and see what we can see. Lurrrrrvly.
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