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Oporto

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After arriving in Porvo de Varzim and spending a day doing the washing I decide to reward myself with a day trip to Oporto. By Train - only 6 Euro return in a very modern Metro. The line runs to the station at Trinadade which is in the North of the city. Up the bank, by up I mean UP. Oporto is in a steep sided, high sided river valley. The port warehouses are across the river on the South side. I do my usual trick of just walking about - not quite aimlessly as I know to go to the river. This exposes me to the ambience of the place.



 Signs of the British influence perhaps, though it has no door, it being hot, damned hot in the Summer here

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 and I get to the river, the port warehouses have signs on them which I can see! there are about a dozen different warehouses though I am most intimately familiar with Taylors, Cockburns, Dows and Grahams.
 Having got to the river using my innate sense of direction I then panic thinking I have to climb back up again to…

Camarinas to Villagarcia de Arousa to Cangas (via de Vigo) to Poavo de Varzim (Portugal!)

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I really liked Camarinas - really just a small nice yacht club, with a good bar and restarant. The town is friendly, this trip was coloured by the festival that they ran the entire time we were there. Who knew they could keep the fairground music going until 5 in the morning? Still with earplugs it was ok. Should maybe have anchored in the harbour. or within the bay but it was handier being on a pontoon.
 We wait a few days for a favourable forecast to round Cape Finisterre "The end of the earth". Pilot books warn that the wind goes up a force near strong headlands and Cape Finisterre easily qualifies for this, Mind you, as usual, you prepare for the worst and hope for the best and our"rounding" of the cape occurs with winds of less than 5 knots <sigh> motor on again. It has been a funny season for weather, Our Swedish friends in the Mediterranean (Jens and Petra) are now using the name motorterranean and suffering a heat wave.

 These are big buildings, this…