The best part of waking up…

Porto hostel coffee

…is not Folgers in your cup; at least, not when you’re in Portugal and your hostel’s kitchen has mountains of coffee beans ready for the grinding. The food selection was otherwise spartan (artificial orange juice and foreign cocoa flakes), but hey, who needs food when you have coffee? (August 21, 2011. Porto, Portugal)

By the banks of the Douro.

8.20.2011. Porto, Portugal. One long walk and lazy lunch later, we were on the banks of the River Duoro. The river cuts through the middle of the city and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Sidewalks lined with colorful cafes skirted the river, and the Dom Luís Bridge connected the two sides.