Deb's Digest
Debbie Atkinson’s family life column, as featured in the Southport Visiter.

Sunday, 14 June 2009



We fell in love with Porto and with the friendly people there. The minute we stepped off the train from the airport and began to study a wall map, we were surrounded by helpful strangers who couldn't speak a word of English but were desperate to lend a hand.

The weather was perfect and I don't think anyone could have made more use of a 10 euro tour bus than we did - We spent two full days on the top deck, basking in the sun and since the ticket also included a river trip, we did that too.

The main reason for the visit was to see the artist son's solo exhibition  it looked fantastic and many of the drawings had healthy red sold spots under them.


As for food, well all I can say is I don't want to see another lump of beef, or pile of chips or rice for a very long time.  The fish restaurants by the river were where we found the healthiest food and there's not much that beats  sitting outside in the sunshine enjoying a plate of grilled fish and a glass of wine with a view like this:


I loved the tiled churches


and this statue must have sweltered for the few coins that were in his bowl. He was in the same position, by the river every day.


While we were away Oscar started to crawl - I can't wait to see that.....

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