Sunday, October 07, 2018

Thoughts from Viseu, Portugal: 7.10.18

Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable.
- Christopher Howse: A Pilgrim in Spain. 

If you've arrived here because of an interest in Galicia or Pontevedra, see my web page here. Garish but informative.

Matters Spanish
  • Possible good news for consumers of electricity. All of us, then. 
  • This might be more than you want to know about Spain's high-achieving sportswomen.
  • Perhaps of greater interest is this list of Spain's 30 most beautiful villages. Lenox Napier might be pleased to see his included. 
Matters Portuguese
  • The yellow arrows were a clue and, sure enough, there's a camino de Santiago which runs through Viseu. Coming up from Lisbon through central Portugal, it then wends through Castrao Daire, Lamego, Peso da Regua, Sta Marta de Penaguaio, Vila Real, Vila Pouca de Aguiar and Chaves before crossing into Galicia. Interestingly, I can't find it in Mundicamino's list of 39 caminos.
  • Yesterday we biked 40km along the lovely ecopista (ex railway line) which runs from Viseu to Sta Comba Dau. Our day was marred only by a complete failure to find a bike-hire place in the former, forcing us to drive 50km to the latter for this. Oh, and by a puncture in one of the tyres. It's a long time since I changed the inner tube of a bike tyre but it was eventually achieved, midst some ripe Anglo-Saxon.
  • The hotel we're in has an (almost) charming way of doing things. Not for them a computer at the reception desk. Rather, a manual spreadsheet completed in different coloured inks. I was transported backwards.
Matters Galician
  • Click here if you want to know what a botafumeiro is. Specifically the huge one which swings across the main altar of Santiago Cathedral
  • I forgot to mention that Pontevedra has recently been used in the filming of bits of La Sombra de la Ley. It plays the part of Barcelona in the 1930s. The city has also starred in episodes of Fariña and Vivir sin Permiso. I doubt that the numerous beggars feature much.
© [David] Colin Davies: 7.10.18

1 comment:

Sierra said...

Walking the Camino - so last year:

https://www.elprogreso.es/articulo/sarria/pepe-gateador-inicia-aventura-santiago-salida-sarria-ha-sido-muy-bonita/201810061830521337324.html

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