Tag Archives: car

Back to the stone age in Piodao

16 Jul
Schist and slate everywhere

Schist and slate everywhere

Piódão is a quaint little village stuck to a mountain slope. The houses are all made of black schist stones (slate) which gives the village a dark but picturesque and coherent look except the white church in the middle of it (always the same that can get away with exceptions in urban planning…). I thought the village was simply wow and should be put on the Unesco World Heritage list, whereas my friends and my mum said: “but there’s nothing there”… Tastes differ.

  • Lots of pictures below

Continue reading

Advertisements

Portugal hopping with Friends

14 Jul
The 3 musketeers attacking the portuguese mountains

The 3 musketeers attacking the portuguese mountains

One would think that you’d learn from experience but it doesn’t seem to work for me. After having raced around 3-4 cities in Thailand in only 5-6 days I solemnly promised myself never to rush anymore on holidays. The proof was 3 weeks in the tent of the garage of my niece’s house on the green edge of a little village in the middle of the Portuguese countryside, where there was little else to do than to ‘be’ (read here) and to venture out on the dangerous paths of babysitting.

But then it all went wrong when 2 friends arrived from Brussels, visiting me and Portugal – virtually the whole of it – in less than a week! The Portuguese setting was relaxed and laid-back, but the speed was super-sonic: discovering down-to-earth Tabua, architectural Viseu, quaint Santa-Comba Dao, slate village Piodao, university town of Coimbra, tasting wine in Anadia (make your own Champaign) and back to civilization in Oporto (separate post here).

Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: