Our Oporto visit: Trying to find our way back to my car, we walked past 3 ladies who seemed to have little to do but stand by the roadside. None of them looked at all appealing. Especially the 50 year old standing by a couple of rubbish bins. Presumably the cheap option. Then, trying to find a road to the airport and turning a corner, we came upon 3 skimpily dressed young woman who could all have been extras in Pretty Woman. Indeed, they could each have played Julia Robert's part. Which was a tad disconcerting for the 3 seconds it took to get past them. They certainly all outclassed Pontevedra's 5 regulars. My guess is they all came from Brazil. But, anyway, here are some more fotos of the city:-
Here's one of the several churches sporting tile work on the exterior. And my daughters and niece on the steps. The couple to the side of them have entrusted their picture to a 3 year old at my side:-
And here's another:-
These are 2 tiled tableaux at one of the city's stations (San Benito?), depicting Portugal victorious in battles. Probably against Spain.
And here's a group of men in a park whom I thought might be playing chess. Then drafts. But it turned out to be cards.
And here are olive trees being grown in the city centre, on the roof of some dreadful modern facility harbouring a bloody Costa Coffee.
Incidentally, in contrast with Spain (the much richer country) I was accosted by only one beggar all day. Odd. Perhaps they shoot them in Portugal.
In her latest post, my daughter talks of Spanish women who only allow cigarettes and the occasional bit of chewing gum past their lips. I'd say I see a minimum of 6 of these a day. Sometimes a lot more. I would take fotos but this would be a tad questionable. And quite possibly illegal without their permission. I suppose I could always say 'Sorry' afterwards.
Talking of Pontevedra statistics, one of today's papers reports that 25% of the city's shops have closed since the crisis began. This seems low to me, though I wasn't surprised to read that the sweet/candy sector has grown. But not as much as the vegetable shop sector. Decidedly odd, unless people are forgoing meat.
I don't know why on earth it's taken me so long but I discovered this morning that the terrace of the town's Parador is a great place to take a morning coffee. A shady place for sunny people, as Noel Coward didn't quite say. As I wrote that, the second beggar in 5 minutes hassled me. Perhaps I should get a rifle.
Finally . . . Ivor Novello was a famous British actor and composer of the first half of the 20th century. Yesterday I discovered we had 2 things in common:- 1. Our name - David Davies, and 2. Our understandable decision to use something else. Noel Coward felt Novello was extraordinarily handsome("The two most perfect things are Ivor Novello’s profile and my wit") but, sadly, he didn't accord me this accolade when we met in the Seychelles, when I was a very young man. Well he might have done but he doesn't say so in his diaries.
Noel Coward twice - sorry, thrice - in one post. Who'd have thought it?