On the way the dolphins, 2 times the same day! The Spaniards who say goodbye and the Portuguese who welcome us! (video)
Viana Do Castelo
Wind stronger and stronger when arriving at Viana do Castello. Very nice coastline but an imposing port area from the outside. Bridge that opens to our approach (video) to allow us to take a place in the marina. It should have taken the move AR, but Kéjadenn is not very strong in this sense and I'm not hot to ask him to do well at once without damage to the neighbors! We thus slip in AV between two sailboats on hangers and butts to the pontoon. Ok and all, sailor of the harbor and neighboring occupants, help us very nicely!
Welcome in French or in English according to the people! My Portuguese is not fired and I should review my lessons +++ The port is quite small, and the sailboats arrived after we will stay on the pontoon waiting on the edge of Rio Lima (current ++!)
We are witnessing a parade of fanfares and costumes (video)
Then we climb to St. Lucia with the funicular, means of transport "new"!
Mist from the departure of the port of Viana do Castelo, we do not see at 100 meters! It is absolutely necessary to trust the computer and the GPS to find the way of the exit (thanks to the electronics!). Small speed on the water but not small on the bottom because the tide goes down and Rio Lima pushes us a lot! Everything is going well but the haze lasts, lasts until 14h
Fortunately it ends up getting up and our friends dolphins are still with us! (link)
Very warm welcome to Marina Douro with a wealth of information on Porto, transport and places to visit and / or restoration interesting! Thanks to them!
The next appointment is made by phone for a reunion with Marie-Luce and Robert accompanied by Lucie and her family.
We spend the day together using almost all means of transport in the city (ferry between south and north of the Douro, old tram, cable car, funicular, for buses and the train will be for later!)
Then Marie-Luce and Robert choose to sleep on board the same evening, but the movements of the boat at the pontoon decided otherwise because Marie-Luce takes seasickness and so decides, after a meal at the Tavern of São Pedro d ' Afurada,
to sleep at the Ibis hotel next door and to join us the next day to continue the visits of Porto.
While waiting for them in the morning, I take the opportunity to begin the work of necessary paintings on the small points of rust of the candlesticks, square of bar and the hitch of with the fisherman!
A meal at the tavern and visit the cellars "Churchills" of Porto with a little sweat to get there (slightly late!) Because the walk is the fastest way to go through "ribines" and stairs steep enough!
Then it's time they take the bus to go to the metro station to reach Villa do Conde where wait for Lucie and his family, Goodbye and good luck! Emotions and heartaches are at the rendezvous, it is probably the last friends we leave before seeing others before long ....
Next day: painting +++ and engine drain + electric cable protection of the windlass. Joëlle took the opportunity to protect the point of raging lazy-bags with low shrouds. It also tackles the change of Velcro fastening the solar panel on the cap. The dried, sun-hardened glue does not make it easy, but it works!