Atlantic pearls in Portugal, Spain and France
Back home again after another great trip! Some words about the route this time with the shipping company Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC, and which we now have much better knowledge of).
In addition to gaining an insight into how this luxury shipping company works, it was the route that attracted us to this cruise. Different and nice, lots of culture and places you really don't come to otherwise; Atlantic beads like Lisbon, Porto, La Coruña, Bilbao and Bordeaux where we left but the cruise continued all the way to Southampton.
So the cruise started in Lisbon as I have already written a little briefly here at SeaFun, more to give a feeling. We really liked the town!
From Lisbon, the ship continued Seven Seas Voyager to Porto which is also located in Portugal. Here we were advised by a representative of the shipping company that it was easy to get around on their own so even though the excursions are part of the luxury Regent, we decided to follow the council and take some sleep morning ;-). But just a little, because of course we wanted to see and experience as much as possible.
Porto turned out to be a very nice and cozy city, too (hm… feels like Portugal can become a new favorite destination…). With that couple of good tips and a map from the excursion guide on board we went ashore. I would also like to mention that every morning in each port there came on board a destination professional who was available a couple of hours in the morning in the reception area so that you could go there to get a map and ask questions - great service!
Our goal was Ribeira Duoro, the river which on both sides is lined with small restaurants and where on the other side of the city center you will also find all port wine producers! On the way down to the river we saw a lot of the city which was fun but the highlight was clearly the guided tour of Sandemans. Other names you find here are Taylor's, Calem, Offley and more. You can step in and go their tours (for a fee) or just visit the shop and shop. Every house breathes a lot of atmosphere and history, and clearly it is a cool feeling to stand in the basements of these big producers that you so well know the name (and taste!) Of 🙂!
The next stop was the Spanish coastal town La Coruna belonging to Galicia. Here we went on a tour with a good guide who told about the city's history, many old churches and monuments, saints and city heroes ... we both walked around in the older neighborhoods and went around to various sights and viewpoints by bus. A good mix of concentrated time; About three hours took the tour.
From here we went to Bilbao. Of course, we went to the Guggenheim Museum whose architecture is so cool that it is impressive to just spend time outside the museum itself! We walked around, photographed the architecture from different angles, went under the Louise Bourgeois giant spider and strolled around in the museum shop (love the museum booths!). We also went down to the district of Las Siete Calles in the old town where it is full of small local shops and got, really nice! A couple of shop visits also took place along the main street Gran Via.
I Bordeaux one is close to both the wine estates and the noble farms in Cognac; in other words, a mecca for beverage connoisseurs with a nose for the French! Here we have botanised several times before, and what was so practical was that the ship added to the quay really in the middle of the city! When we sat on board and at lunch we could see the magnificent buildings and the whole city commander pulsating ... it was just to step ashore whenever you wanted.
Just like most things in life, this cruise route also had its pros and cons (at least one). I thought the route was unusual and exciting, the destinations were unusual. Both Portugal, Spain and France are also lovely countries to visit and we were lucky with the weather - yes daytime anyway!
The thing was, after all, it was, and there is nothing I was going to do with it, that it was rocking a lot. The Atlantic on the early summer's edge was windy, which felt. Weather varies as you know so you cannot say that it is always like this but if you are sensitive (as I am ...) it was a clear disadvantage.
Now I had counted on the sea so I was prepared both medically and mentally. The vessels also have pills if you forget yourself. It was not so bad that I had withheld the hand but the last dinner at the French fine-dining restaurant Signatures was a little short because of this, plus the cabin cracked something huge because of the waves - yes it was actually hard to sleep for everything gnawing and creaking! A pair of earplugs are therefore, in addition to the sea sickness pills and so-called seabands, also recommended.https://www.seafun.se/blogg/atlantparlor-i-portugal-spanien-och-frankrike-kust/https://www.seafun.se/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/porto-rio-duoro.jpghttps://www.seafun.se/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/porto-rio-duoro-150x150.jpgAtlanticBlogLuxury CruisesRegent Seven Seas CruisesSeven Seas VoyagerDaytrip experiencesatlantic, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Coruna, France, Lisbon, Porto, Portugal, SpainBack home again after another great trip! Some words about the route this time with the shipping company Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC, and which we now have much better knowledge of). Besides getting an insight into how this luxury shipping company works, it was the route that attracted us to this cruise ....Heidi RovenHeidi Rovenheidi@cobertura.seAdministratorSeaFun