Red Bull Air Race World championship
I had first seen these races over the Swan River when we arrived in Perth in 2007.
The event was held here in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010, but there were safety concerns when a race plane crashed into the Swan River in 2010 and there were no more races here.
The previous days we had seen things being installed in the middle of the Douro river, control towers coming up, etc, etc, so it was actually exciting to finally see some action.
My husband was thrilled he could see the first training session taking place that Friday, and sad I hadn't actually booked the apartment for the weekend....but I had no idea the race was taking place then.
|The Arrabida Bridge, and a place going through those inflatable towers|
|Photo taken from our bedroom on the first floor with my husband, daughter and partner on the terrace watching the races|
After a short while it was really time to say goodbye to Porto and the wonderful time we had there, and we headed to the city of Braga, about 50km North to meet up with a friend from the time when we lived in South Africa.
|Our Porto apartment was just around the corner at the bottom of this road|
When we arrived I contacted my friend and arranged to meet in the city centre to have lunch and to catch up on each other's lives.
The town was all decked out in white - flags, balloons, window decor - as "White Night festival" was being held that weekend too.
|White Night festival|
|Braga - old monuments & modern solar panel tree|
|Me, my friend C, my daughter, my friend's husband M and my husband|
After lunch it was time to have a coffee and cake at a pastry shop, and with so many choices it was difficult to choose just one! I went with the delicious "white bean cake".
|Plenty of cakes, cheeses and Quince marmelade|
And it was again time to leave and drive to Cascais (30km from Lisbon), where my family lives, and where we would stay for the next 15 days.
PS: Don't know if you heard about the terrible fires that affected the center and north of Portugal on Sunday and Monday (15th & 16th Oct) - The city of Braga (at top) was affected, but also the city of Leiria, where we had our first family and friends lunch was surrounded by fire. The town where we used to live in the center of Portugal (Carregal do Sal, between Viseu and Coimbra) and surrounding villages were also badly affected. From family and friends that live there I heard that about 70% of the forested area around it has been burned, some people lost their houses, many lost their crops, farm animals and there were 4 lives lost. In total 36 people died that weekend.
I also heard that "Quinta da Lontra" where we stayed with our family when attending our grandson's christening and our daughter's engagement, was surrounded by fire, but they managed to avoid being burned down..
I have contacted the owners Toby and Nina and they are ok, but safe but sad that everything around them has burned. They had also provided accommodation to neighbours who had lost everything. How wonderful of them!
You can read about Leiria and Quinta da Lontra, the christening and my daughter's engagement party via these links: