Porto Trip – Part 2

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Waking up in the morning, the first thing I think about usually not my breakfast but lunch. (weird right? lol πŸ˜› ) I’m not a big breakfast person, but I’m a dinosaur when it comes to lunch πŸ˜€ .Β  Being in a western country can be a bit challenging to me sometimes because some smaller restaurants/ cafes only serve sandwiches or burgers. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the taste of sandwiches and burgers. However, I prefer to have either rice or noodles for lunch as I personally find it much more filling.

Being the only girl in a group of gentlemen I worked with, I had the privilege to decide where I wanted to go and eat. Obviously, I took the advantage to choose what I wanted to eat to satisfy my stomach. When I saw rice on the menu, I didn’t even think twice and instantly ordered Portuguese seafood rice. Honestly, I had no idea what Portuguese seafood rice looked like. The portion of it came out way bigger than I imagined. It was soupy, but in a good way. The rice had well absorbed the seafood flavour and I really enjoyed it.

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Apart from the rice, we also ordered octopus to share. In fact, we didn’t plan to order one but couldn’t resistant the temptation by seeing how much others enjoyed their grilled octopus around us. Seriously, it was a simple dish but tasted divine. The chef didn’t season the octopus much, but the freshness of the octopus was the magical element to make it delicious.

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I’m not going to lie…I was already full after having the rice and octopus, but I still wanted to have something sweet to satisfy my greedy stomach. What to do when I didn’t want to order a heavy dessert to put on a few extra pounds just to satisfy my greedy stomach πŸ˜› ? Aha there I found a fresh fruit salad on the menu. (What a perfect solution to accomplish my mission lol!!! πŸ˜€ )

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I was truly a lucky one not only having an awesome opportunity to work with a group of gentlemen, but also being able to enjoy beautiful sunny days throughout my entire trip. Look at that gorgeous blue sky! It made everything look picture perfect.

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Although the clear blue sky was beautiful, Porto Cathedral (SΓ© do Porto) was actually the main attraction we would like to visit on that day. I don’t know about you, but I rarely have a chance to visit Cathedrals in Hong Kong. Cathedrals in Hong Kong aren’t usually opened for sightseeing purpose and therefore I was thrilled to visit the one in Porto.

Porto Cathedral (SΓ© do Porto) was a twin-towered cathedral with Romanesque rootsΒ built in 12th century. It has undergone numerous architectural and design changes overtime, but it didn’t stop visitors from visiting this historic landmark.

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Sorry for the bright lighting! This is the best my Canon Powershot S90 can do :(
Sorry for the bright lighting! This is the best my Canon Powershot S90 can do 😦

A sense of solemnity came in mind when I stepped into the Cathedral. Whatever it was on my mind seemed to fade away, I was simply fascinated by the sophisticated interior and stories behind the Cathedral. Although the Cathedral was too stunning to capture, all I wanted to do was to respect the Cathedral itself and its religious followers by not taking too many photos.

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If you have a chance to visit Porto Cathedral, please make sure not to miss its Gothic cloister. It was covered with blue and white azulejos tiles built in 14th century. Β To be honest, I saw how it looked like on the internet even before travelling to Porto. However, the feelings it gave was complete different when seeing it in person. You probably don’t believe me, but seriously you don’t need exceptional photography skills to make your pictures perfect. It was already beautiful enough to make it picture-perfect for you.

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The Gothic cloister wasn’t the only part worth visiting. When you keep walking along the cloister, you will find there are different small entrances led you to different small rooms where they display various religious items.

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Remember I made a promise to take tons of pictures for you guys before travelling to Porto (hehe i found a photo to prove I did take my promise seriously πŸ˜‰ )

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I couldn’t believe my visit to Porto Cathedral almost came to the end. All I could do was to gaze back and keep this mesmerizing picture in my heart.

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Just came out from the Cathedral, there I found a veranda allowed me to get some suntan while enjoying a gorgeous view from the top.

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Wasn’t it too amazing to see all those orange roofs right underneath you?

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45 thoughts on “Porto Trip – Part 2

  1. Fantastic photos and great information. Thanks so much for sharing. πŸ™‚ All the shots off Porto Cathedral are stunning – well done photographer!. It really looks a magnificent peaceful place to visit.
    And love the shots of you too – catching some sun πŸ˜‰

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    1. Aww you are always super sweet to me Sci😘 Heaps of thanks to you for the major compliment!!! You guys are my motivation so I have to try my best to take good photosπŸ˜‰ I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos as well as the post😊 Next time come explore with me. I’m sure we can find some peaceful places like this to visitπŸ˜†

      Aww I love those shots of myself too😁 Thanks to my colleagues taking good pictures of meπŸ˜‰

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    1. I guess I just love food too much so I have to include them in my post lolπŸ˜‚ I always try to make the ending as fascinating as possible to convince you all to travel with me next time haha😁 Thanks thanks thanks Sheldon for giving me such a sweet compliment! πŸ˜‰ It’s always my pleasure to share story like this with you😊 Have a beautiful day my dear friend!β˜€οΈ

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    1. Food and me are always best friends πŸ™‚ I just enjoy food so much especially the food in Porto was deliciousπŸ˜‹πŸ˜ Oh yes! The Cathedral was way too stunning not to be missedπŸ˜‰ Thanks a lot for stopping by Anoop!😊

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    1. Isn’t that beautiful Porto Cathedral a perfect ending to your delicious lunch? πŸ˜‰ My pleasure to take my dear friend to my dream place Porto πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thank you so much Maverick! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Aww must be the sweet wine made extra sweet to me!!!! πŸ˜‰ Thank you very much for your kind words! ❀ Also, thanks to my colleagues making me look better than I am lol!!! πŸ˜› Glad you enjoyed the post and pictures! Lots of love to you ❀

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  2. Just to even things out , I had a delicious Pineapple sundae a couple of days back and I won’t share it with you πŸ˜› More delicious sights and more sighs from India πŸ˜› πŸ˜€ Loving the trip Khloe, the cathedral is very beautiful, I loved the wall paintings in blue. And you look so lovely in the gorgeous blue and sun πŸ˜€

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    1. That’s not fair 😦 Why don’t you share with me? (I’m crying hard like a baby now) I have never tried Pineapple sundae before but I assume it tastes delicious since I’m fond of pineapple πŸ™‚ Pack me in your suitcase so that I can travel to India for all the delicious food hehe πŸ˜€

      Thank you so so much for your sweet compliment sweetie Ady! ❀ Glad you enjoyed the trip like I do! πŸ™‚ Yes, the Cathedral and wall paintings are very beautiful and even more beautiful when you see them in person πŸ˜‰ haha just trying to act lovely in blue (well I love blue so I can't resist wearing blue hehe πŸ˜€ ) …

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  3. Yummy!! Great photos as always Khloe and loved it! Especially the vaulted arches…you did a great job photographing those! AND I love your photo of self. Great outfit, augmenting and complenting your beauty. An aura of mystique and matches the photos too πŸ™‚

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    1. Come join me next time so that we can enjoy yummy food together! Sharing good food with friends make me happy πŸ™‚ Aww you are too kind to give me all these compliments! (blushing hard now) ❀ Glad you enjoyed the photos! πŸ™‚ Thanks to my colleagues taking wonderful pictures of me! They knew what to do to make me look better πŸ˜› That was one of my favourite outfits (I just love blue too much) ❀ Thanks again dear!

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  4. What an incredible trip this must have been, both from the series of great photos and your writing…can see the happiness in your words. The scenery in your shots is amazing, what a sky to see and such history in the buildings and your description of the sense of solemnity when you stepped into the Cathedral, those are some beautiful photos. But of course you save the best for last with the great shots of yourself πŸ™‚ That one of you on the balcony could be on the cover of a magazine – just perfect. Wish you a great week Khloe ~

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    1. Thank you so so much for your appreciation! πŸ™‚ This is so me…I can never hide my emotions (people can easily get to know whether I’m happy or not either through my words or facial expressions πŸ˜› ). The scenery is too amazing and it seems to be stuck on my mind πŸ˜› Wish I could spend some more time there! (I’m too greedy πŸ˜€ ) Oh yea, I do love those Cathedral photos as well (there is something special about it). Could be on the cover of a magazine?Seriously? (I wonder who would buy it…probably no one lol πŸ˜€ ) You are too kind to say that. I will take it as a huge compliment and couldn’t thank you enough for that πŸ˜‰ Cheers to a great week πŸ™‚

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      1. Wow truly a sweet compliment! πŸ™‚ It would be a dream come true if I could be on either one of these magazines. ❀ I'm sure I would force you to buy them all if the sales of it wasn't doing well πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Thank you very much!

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  5. Your photos are just wonderful, Khloe. The Cathedral is absolutely stunning, both the architecture and decoration. Awesome colours! And your gorgeous seafood dishes and fruit salad made my mouth water. I’m so glad you had a great time in Porto and took so many fabulous photos to share. That blue sky does, indeed, look perfect. Lovely photo of you on the balcony, too. πŸ˜€

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    1. haha I feel sorry for making your mouth water whenever I post food photos πŸ˜€ But well, good food needs to be shared even sharing it virtually right?!? πŸ˜› The Cathedral really is beautiful (I hope I did well capture its beauty πŸ˜‰ ) One of the best things in Porto is their summer sky…They always have beautiful blue sky πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Aww thanks dear! I love the one on the balcony as well πŸ˜‰

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