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Viana do Castelo - Povoa de Warzim ( 8-14 April 2015)
Viana do Castelo (8 -11 April 2015)
Our first stop in Portugal was in the marina of Viana do Castelo. The harbor is located inland on the river Lima. We did not need to go far as our passage is blocked by the Eiffel bridge that crosses the river. Today this bridge is used by cars and trains. High on the hill is the  St. Luzia  cathedral which dominates the city. The cathedral was built in  around 1950 and has little interest except that the view from there is very good. Behind the cathedral you can find the remains of a Celtic Village dating from the stone-age. Viano do Castelo is really different from Spanish towns with a different architecture and houses decorated with  beautiful ceramic tiles called azulejos    
Povoa de Warzim (11-14 April 2015)
                   The city of Povoa de Warzim is divided in two. On the south side  located in front of the harbor is the old city with houses that rarely have more than 2 floors. On the north side  you have the Balnearic city with apartments blocks of 6 to 8 floors. This part of the city had little interest for us. Between the 2 sides of the city you have the Casino to clearly indicate the 2 sides of the city. Povoa de Warzim has always been a fishing city as witnessed by the numerous blue ceramics tiles (Azulejos) that depicts the life of the fishing community. Amongst them we found two of disasters that affected the community: the storm of 27 February 1892 in which  105 fisherman lost their lives and the rescuing  of the passengers  of the English ship “ Le Veronese” that grounded nearby  on  16 January 1913. Thanks to the efforts of he local  people 27 were listed as dead or missing out of the  234 people on board. If you are interested  in this sea disaster, you can find the court proceedings at this link The city also honours in different places, a local hero, Mr “Cego do Maio”. He lived from 1817 till 1884 and saved, in often difficult situations, numerous fishermen. He was decorated by the king Don Luis himself with the highest awards the country could bestow on him  for his contributions.
On the river we also could see a lot of  people casting their nets to catch a popular fish, the lamprey. This fish looks like an enormous bloodsucker that migrate in the spring up  the rivers to  lay its eggs. This fish is a delicacy on the Atlantic coast all the way down from the south of France into Spain and Portugal.
“Cego do Maio”
Lifeboat of  “Cego do Maio”
Tragedy of the 27 February  1892
Catching lamprey fishes
St. Luzia
Church of the souls
Celtic settlement
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