Vila Franca de Xira

Dauntless Finds a Real Town Portugal has been a mixed bag so far.  Wonderful, warm people, always trying to help, who sound like they are speaking Russian to my English ear. But the two largest cities, Lisbon and Porto, coupled with the location of the marinas in those cities has been a disappointment.  I knowContinue reading “Vila Franca de Xira”

More Schengen Shenanigans

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. Schengen, that wonderful scheme that allows open borders from the bottom of Greece all the way to the top of Norway.  The only European countries NOT in the Schengen area are England, Scotland, Ireland (one of the reasons I kept the boatContinue reading “More Schengen Shenanigans”

Porto aka Oporto

As I have discovered talking to Alvaro and Ana at the Marina do Freixo, Porto, aka Oporto, it is actually Porto.  It seems the English, or most likely one Englishman, upon hearing the Portuguese say “do Porto” as in I am of Porto, the English combined the article with the noun, thus “Oporto” was born.Continue reading “Porto aka Oporto”

Smoked Out; It’s Time to Get Out of Dodge

Summer weather in western Spain and Portugal has the large high pressure area centered west of the Iberian Peninsula over the Azores. It’s called the Azores High. The fair weather allows a lot of sun, heating up the interior of the peninsula and causing the formation of a so called “heat Low”. That is anContinue reading “Smoked Out; It’s Time to Get Out of Dodge”