We left on Thursday in light winds and motored all the way from Bayona down to Viana do Castelo. Having moored on the waiting pontoon, we made our way into the marina to meet up with Loic and Marie for a drink. They are leaving tomorrow so we will meet them again in Porto.

The basilica from the Old Town

The basilica from the Old Town

Viana is a city with an imposing basilica on the hill above it. The old town’s architecture shows how wealthy this port was when it was the major port for trading port wine to England in return for fishing nets! Such cultural exchange!
The first job on arrival in a new country is to get a sim card for the iPad so we have internet access. This took us through the city and we came across a procession with drummers, pipes and women walking in an imposing way in traditional dress.

Flying water plane picking up its load

You wouldn’t mess with these ladies.

Clocks are now on BST. Unlike their Spanish neighbours, the Portuguese don’t have a siesta, but shops close for 2 hours between 12.30 and 14.30. We were assured that unlike Spain, they eat early in the evening, but at 9 o’clock restaurants and bars were just opening. It’s a mystery to be solved!

Whilst in Viana we took the funicular up to the basilica with its panoramic views of the area.

Island Kea was moored just behind the block of flats

Island Kea was moored just behind the block of flats

Looking south towards Porto

Looking south towards Porto

Again we have met more yachts going our way. ‘Anne Wolter’ is a Dutch boat with three children under 12 onboard, we’re both headed for Porto.
Just by chance we met a local designer, Miguel, who proudly showed us his prototype electric bike that he was taking photos of with our boat in the background. It has 2 batteries, speakers, an iPad dock and aluminium plane fuselage for its frame. He said it cost about €10,000 to make, but it goes 40kmph and is designed for downhill rough terrain…… He very kindly / foolishly let Marcus have a go on it!

Miguel and Marcus ready for the test drive

Miguel and Marcus ready for the test drive

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More sightseeing in Viana, where there was a traditional Saturday market, with stalls and song and dance in the main square.

Two of the dancers taking a breather

Two of the dancers taking a breather

Traditional dancing

Traditional dancing

Me in 'traditional dress'.......it was the child's cut out.....couldn't reach the ladies!

Me in ‘traditional dress’…….it was the child’s cut out…..couldn’t reach the ladies!

We found a magnificent ironmongery that sold absolutely everything you never knew you needed…….including stills for distilling your own hooch!
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We were sorely tempted, but came away with a new shower head, a magnetic knife holder, two folding seats for the ‘sun deck’, 9 meters of chain and 3 of wire plus padlock to secure our dinghy and motor and 2 heat dispersers for simmering on gas rings. I love these shops. They’re real Aladdin’s caves!!
With our purchases in hand and weighing us down we went food shopping and returned to the boat, even more like a couple of pack horses, ready to make our way down to Porto on Friday morning.

3 Comments

  1. hi Haywards,

    finally caught up with your latest adventures on your blog. Sounds like you are having a great time. Discovering all these new places and so on. Quite envious really. Hope you are keeping a detailed diary. You may forget it all of this in your old age ! Hope to catch up with you soon. x

    • hayward.margie@gmail.com

      Good to hear from you Carlos……. This is our detailed diary!!
      Marcus keeps the Captain’s Log and I keep the Blog. It’s good to look back over it now and again. It makes us realise just how much we have done in a year.
      I’ve seen some posts from Chris on Facebook…….how long are he and Jenny going to be in NZ? It looks like they’re having a great time. The camper van conversion looks like a challenge, but hey ho they’re young…….takes me back to the early 70s!
      Hope you’re all well and the house hunting is going strong.
      Love M&M xx

  2. Hi you two. As expected your adventure looks great. Fantastic following your voyage shame it is virtual reality for us, but enjoying the trip. Just to let you know its blowing a gale and pouring with rain here. Take care and keep safe. K & R xx

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