Povoa De Varzim

Zipadedoda of Dart
David H Kerr
Tue 13 Jun 2006 18:57

After our tiring day yesterday, we had an early night, only to be awoken by a massive rainstorm.  But we managed some more sleep than planned, thanks to the battery failing in my mobile phone and with it went my alarm call.


The WCC had organised for the local tourist office to lay on a coach and a guide (who was very witty) to take us for a tour of the local city and villages. This lasted around 3 hours and was punctuated at two stops, one of which was in Rats (yes, that is the name of the town). This is quite a poor area, and this town is relatively well off due to the fact that it was a staging post for pilgrims on their way to Santiago del Compostella. The church in the centre of RATS is 12th Century, very dark inside and frankly not much to shout about as a piece of architecture. That said the rest of the town square has some lovely and dramatic buildings, and I have attached a picture of the tower in the square.


We had a bit of a laugh when some 40 of us all descended on a café at the same time. The poor soul running the place was having a quiet morning when the horde arrived. It took 30 minutes to get a coffee. He looked quite daunted with all the visitors, but the sound of his cash register ringing up the takings seemed to make him smile!


We also stopped off at a wonderful hill top monument, which is dedicated to all the emigrant Portuguese. Stunning gardens, and managed to get the crew to pose under the Bougainvillea. (see attached)


Once back at the marina, we had a quick lunch them a welcome knap. This was followed by a 2 hours trudge around Povoa to find a mobile phone shop that had Sony Ericson batteries in stock. Got there in the end and it is now charging up, so all being well the mobile will be in action once again tomorrow.


Tonight is another prize giving and a reception at the Yacht club. Which based on events to date, will turn into another party.


Off to Leixoes tomorrow, which is a short 15 nm hop down the coast. Hopefully the weather will improve by then. This will be our staging post to visit the Taylors Portery. No doubt some samples will be acquired……………………………………



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