Monthly Archives: July 2013

Home Towns

To recap on our time in Cascais before our encounter with whales, one artist whose work we somehow missed seeing at the Berardo collection was Paula Rego. One of the features on our map of Cascais was the Casa das … Continue reading

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You may well think this is a dolphin. That is what we thought when we first spotted it. You would be wrong, this is a whale, the two sets of ripples both belong to one animal. John pointed out a … Continue reading

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For the past two days we have been playing proper tourists, seeing the sights of Lisbon. Originally we planned just one day. Lisbon being such an historic city, older than Rome, there was little chance of us managing to do … Continue reading

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Peniche to Cascais

We were beginning to be rather blasé about the dolphins, waiting for them to show up as opposed to hoping that they would. At first we saw nothing on our way to Cascais, then John spotted a tuna and finally … Continue reading

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We have heard the news of the tragic train crash near Santiago de Compostela. Our recent time there, when we travelled by train makes the awfulness really strike home. Our hearts go out to all those who have suffered and are … Continue reading

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Figuria da Foz to Peniche

Another long passage down the coast of Portugal took us to Figuria da Foz, or Fig Foz as it says on all the boats registered there. This time we stayed closer in and the coast seemed to be one long … Continue reading

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On Wednesday we planned to have a day ashore to visit Porto. John fancied seeing the warehouses of the port trade. We set off to travel by bus. After waiting at the bus stop a while we suffered from cold … Continue reading

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Farewell and Adieu to You Fair Spanish Rias

When we first planned to cross Biscay and sail to Greece, we had considered arriving in Baiona, as this would cut off the nasty corner with all the traffic and avoid the dreaded Finisterre. Bill, our instructor for the RYA … Continue reading

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Boom, Boom, Boom

Every Sunday in Galicia seems to elicit either the sounding of guns or the setting off of fireworks around mid day. Just lately this has been extended into the week. We heard the booming Monday morning, along with the sounding … Continue reading

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Alone Again

The girls and Johnsey left for home yesterday. John and I were sad to have them leave. The holiday with them was everything we had hoped for, except that it whizzed by too quickly. We are missing them. More subtly, … Continue reading

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