Bayona - Viana do Castelo,Leixoes.9thSept-12th Sept
Viana do Castelo 9th Sept
Fog all the way, until the final few miles, when it cleared to reveal a labyrinth of lobster pots; set unbelievably (it seems on first encounter, but later treated as the norm) as a ‘mine-field’ to deliberately prevent entry to port. Then, having had no wind all day, as we turn to enter Viana do Castelo we are blasted by 30 knots. Not surprisingly the estuary is buzzing with wind and kite-surfers, for whom this is obviously a mecca.
As a first
we decide to take the train inland (making the mistake of thinking that, like
The taxi driver who took us from the station is (no doubt intentionally) such a bad driver that he falls effortlessly into that international brotherhood whose members we all seem to have stories about. He drops us off at the very summit, and we rather shamefully, but perhaps significantly, take the easy course, and descend, from spiritual elevation to forest floor. Standing on one of the terraces, mid-way, and looking back, the extraordinary visual impression is of people ‘ascending’, by a series of elevators. It is genuinely very impressive, and quite amusing; I cannot be sure what exactly was intended (especially in an age before elevators!) but am sure that this is by architectural intent and design.
to the physical heights via the water driven funicular railway, which we all
agree is a great tribute to the wonders of simple science. We are even allowed
to hang limbs dangerously off the side and front, which is the sort of fun we no
longer seem to be allowed in
LeixoesIn sharp contrast to our previous trip we motor all the way in bright sunshine, and arrive in dense fog; which was a bit harrowing, entering Leixoes at the same time as a large ship (not intended). This is our base to explore