I left Lisbon Orient train station on a sunny morning and reached Porto on a rather cold and rainy evening as if I had crossed borders and travelled to a different country.
And the truth is the Northern regions are very different indeed - people are bolder even in their linguistic approach, welcoming and clearly business oriented.
I was taken by the fact that Francisco de Sa Carneiro airport is a lot bigger and much more functional than the one in the capital city. I had lunch at one of its restaurants (canteen type) every day, which is something I wouldn't consider doing in Lisbon because of the meal prices, let alone to have fish.
At one end of the airport terminal (outside gardens).
Airport terminal - ground floor - cartoon exhibition (left). Airport terminal upper floor (right).
Squid (left) and grilled sword fish (right).
The hotel I stayed at was fairly close to the airport terminal - a five minute walk at the most. I musr confess I simply loved it - from the huge room to the gourmet-like evening meals at the small restaurant.
Vegetarian lasagna and lime tart with ice-cream.
Vegetarian tart and Abade de Priscos pudding (a local specialty).
Accommodation and meals were just one of the several aspects I enjoyed during this hard-working week, as special professional kindness on the part of the whole personnel at the Hotel and airport have to be accounted for.