Sanxenxo

Back in Spain and still on the west coast at a private house with tiered pitches looking over the Atlantic crashing in on what seems like our very own private beach with a resident pod of 7 Dolphins showing up most days.

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Same house, new view.
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Our very own door step beach
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Views of the small islands and the resident Dolphin family pod.
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These are from the the notice board but I did get some far away shots with my big camera ! honest !!
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Coastal path
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Hiding behind the waves !
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Look close, there is a fisherman down there, you only fall once !
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Ebbing
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Complementary coffee & cream liquor, cold from the chiller to mix yourself, leathal in reach of Chris.

 

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Vila Nova de Cerveira

VN de C sits on the Rio Minho the border with Northern Spain so a last stop in Portugal, dedicated spot for 5 vans but loads of overspill into the adjacent car parks, cycle paths both ways along the river and this being a lovely little town on the river we had a few days before Spain.

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The town mascot
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The church outside the walled fortification
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Border protection from bygone days
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More of the pilgrims way into Santiago de Compostela
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Pilgrim cyclists
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River cycling is only flat as long as you don’t leave the valley, it’s all up hill if you do !
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Serious thoughts about an inflatable canoe !

Vila Cha & Porto

Ten miles North of Porto we found the camping park at Vila Cha, from free to €12.50/night but all the amenities, showers good enough for a double hair wash, luxury!

Met a couple of fellow adventurers, Julie and Martin, having just discovered paddle boarding they have upgraded their boards for “race spec” boards, nothing if not competitive, we will probably see them next doing 30 knots up some Spanish river some place ! Good luck.

After the drive along the spectacular Duro valley, Porto came as a big bustling port with all the tourism that goes with it but we we where looking forward to the famous Port houses to visit and sample their produce !

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Porto and the river
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Lunch on the waterfront
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The old way of transporting the Port down stream
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Then stored ready for shipment all over the world
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It takes a master craftsman to produce a barrel that big and water (Port) tight
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Fish n clams in Vila Cha itself
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Graveyards beautifully kept
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“please drink responsibly”

 

 

Peso da Regua

From the mountains to the Rio Douro upstream of Porto, by a couple of hours, to Peso da Regua, river crossings for road, rail and cyclists also a stopping off point for the huge river boats that defy any possibility of navigating the river !

The official aire overlooking the river is owned by the local fishing club and for a dedicated park with fresh and waste water facilities plus lekky hook up all for 3€, bargain. You can’t park a car in Mansfield for any more the 2 hours for that !

We took a train ride up river, hugging every spare piece of land not being used for grape and Port wine production, landscaped to perfection by Messers Taylor’s, Dow, Sandiman, Grahams to name but a few.

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Our house from the cyclist bridge
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Mr Sandiman greeting all who travel the Douro
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The trees shed a fine white silk like down the whole place looked like a frost had struck.
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The Captain !
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How these huge elegant vessels navigated the river this far up and further amazed me.
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When it comes to Port what’s your colour ?
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These tiles adorn most of the train stations and are now protected as “Listed” in Portuguese terms
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Deface or damage at you’re peril !

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Looks like Buster Keaton was here at one time !

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I found it a stunning river

Marvao

From Lisbon on the West coast to the mountains of the East and the beautiful rural castle of Marvao perched so high up we had trouble with the gas not burning long enough for a hot shower, it transpired we were at such an altitude the gas struggled to gas off ! Should have realised when we had Vultures floating past most days on the mountain thermals. The aire was free the castle imposing with spectacular views over the roof tops of both Spain and Portugal.

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Breakfast with a view
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Good morning !
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A few cloud shots to prove the altitude

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Even though it’s a medieval fortress it’s still a going concern with people living and working there
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Well, some are working !!
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Christine the giant
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Still very rural
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They always make good use of any water course, it’s never wasted

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It is rude not to try the local brew & very nice it was
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This guy is over a foot long
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This thing is a fair size too

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Villa Nova da Barquinha & Obidos

Vila Nova is a pleasant stop designated for Motorhomes next to the river with a great water related park complete with free wifi and works of contemporary art. Sleep was hard to come by until you got used to the deafening frog chorus each evening.

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Vila Nova da Barquinha
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Infinity flow in to the river
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If frogs took over the world we would all die from sleep deprivation!
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Theme parks, all smoke n mirrors

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Had a few beer crates left over so I tried my hand at a bit of contemporary art myself
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This is for our resident Renault 4 expert Pete Hudson 😀

 

Obidos, home of a cherry liquor poured into a chocolate cup and demolished with a smile and a secret wish for more. A walled town with loads of tourism shops and merchandise although we stayed a few mile out on what is basically a big lagoon inlet and the mozzies never let us forget it !

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Looking out at Obidos
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Fortifications everywhere
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Obidos
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Remote camping but very peaceful

 

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Obidos castle

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She’s a wall hugger when it’s a sheer drop
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Off to the beach then
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Had to brave the mozzie run through the woods for this view
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The smell is exquisite
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As was this cat buggy !