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Póvoa de Varzim

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    • Day 12

      Matosinhos to Angeiras

      September 23, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      I started the morning (once off the Metro) by crossing a large bridge, then meandered through town until I found the ocean. It’s not hard to find. And though the trail is not well marked, it is fairly easy to “keep the water on your left.”

      Yesterday’s tour came in handy. When I got to the big obelisk, I already knew the story, more or less. There weren’t any coffee shops open for quite a while, and I was making good time. When I got to a fishing village (lots of cats) I found a café and a ham and cheese bun. Luckily I had eaten my pastel de nata before leaving the hostel.
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    • Day 12

      Vila do Conde to Povoa de Varzim

      September 23, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      After lunch it was difficult to find the marked route, which was more direct to the town where I would stay. So again I meandered over to the ocean and just kept the water on my left. This took longer than expected, so I think I did walk further than required. Oh well. It was still a lot easier than the day I walked to Finisterre.

      Today is my first upper bunk of the trip. When I was a kid I loved the upper bunk. Not so much now. After a rest and a beer (the German in the room had some to share), I headed out for dinner. I tried a local sausage entrée. Not my favourite but not terrible either.

      I could see the sunset as the restaurant is on the beach, but it was not spectacular tonight, so no photo.
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    • Day 13

      Camino Portuguese Day 3

      September 24, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      One of my roommates was asleep by 8:00 last night, and gone by 6:30. The other two were out past midnight and did not stir while I got ready. I found a café for a nutritious breakfast, and was on my way.Read more

    • Day 4

      Day 3 - Vila do Conde to Póvoa de Varzim

      April 25 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      A very lazy day, where the walk was the equivalent of popping down to the shops. If “the shops” were located on a beautiful and busy seafront. Which somehow I forgot to take any pictures of, despite spending three hours sunbathing and snoozing on the beach!
      It’s the 50th anniversary of Dia da Liberdade, so it’s a public holiday and everyone was out celebrating by having a stroll - it was lovely to see.
      Tonight’s accommodation feels like luxury compared to the last two nights - my own double bedroom with an ensuite, for the princely sum of £25.
      Glad I took a down day, as the next few average about 25km a day, and yesterday I developed a tiny blister. As the guys at the pharmacy told me today, while I was stocking up on Compeed - não há gloria sem dor!
      Have decided I would like a pink house when I grow up - and also one of those tile things at the front. But mine will be of Darth Vader, or A.L.F., or Jean Luc Picard 😍
      Also, portions are huuuge. I made a valiant effort but couldn’t finish even half of my dinner.
      I have not met any cats today.
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    • Day 5

      3.Etappe Povoa de Varzim-Fao

      May 10 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Es geht wieder los bei blauen Himmel mit strahlender Sonne 🌞. Vielleicht ein wenig kühler wäre schön ? Egal Hauptsache kein Regen. Der Tag geht wieder am Meer entlang , total schön. Die erste Windmühle haben wir auch schon entdeckt! Insgesamt sind wir heute bei 33.488 Schritten und 24,69 km. Nicht schlecht für eine kurze Etappe 😂🙈Read more

    • Day 3

      Póvoa da Varzim

      July 16, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      PORTO - MATOSINHOS - LABRUGE - VILA DO CONDE - PÓVOA DE VARZIM

      Die ersten insgesamt 33 km sind geschafft...
      Pünktlich 6Uhr ging es los.. gegen 15 Uhr hier gelandet..

      Nach anfänglichen Schwierigkeiten bin ich heute den ersten Tag so richtig unterwegs gewesen.... und stolz auf mich dass ich es so weit geschafft habe... gerade nach dem Stotterstart gestern...

      Nur etwas Rückenschmerzen...sonst geht's mir ausser dass ich platt bin erstaunlich gut...

      Ich gehe die Küstenroute... fast die ganze Strecke am Atlantik lang gelaufen... sehr touristisch ... daher sehr voll aber bisher keinen anderen Pilger begegnet... habe mich gewundert aber nur wurde gesagt dass sei normal...erst wenn ich Spanien erreicht habe soll es richtig voll werden! ( bekanntlich sind die letzten 100 Kilometer die auf die es ankommt)

      Hier angekommen war ich dann nochmal zum Strand gegangen.. und zumindest kurz mal im Atlantik... hat keine 20Grad aber bei der Sonne sehr erfrischend...
      Dann gab's lecker Essen... und gleich geht's zurück zur Pension..

      Meine ersten drei Stempel hab ich.. Morgen ist für Strecke ähnlich lang... ca 26km will ich auf jeden Fall schaffen... ( ich hab ja noch einiges aufzuholen...
      Schlafen werde ich sicher wie ein Baby..leider nur allein ...ohne der wichtigsten Person in meinem Leben 😘

      Ich danke für die Aufmerksamkeit.. bis morgen 😊😊😊
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    • Day 4

      Labruge - Povoa de Varzim

      May 3, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      Bregit! My feet!

      I walked 10.7 miles today. It was supposed to be 8, but a chosen detour and some lost wandering here in Povoa de Varzim racked up a few extra. My feet aren’t killing me, but they are considering it.

      If a doctor asked me to rate my foot pain from one to 10, I’d say 3, with a serious threat threat for an increase. My heels feel like overworked pistons in need of an oil change. My toes are sun-blind prisoners just released from my trail runners. This seems only natural considering the work they put in today. Hopefully tomorrow and the next day…and so on…won’t compound the issue.

      I travelled all day today with Bregit, from Germany. She majored in English, so was able to accommodate our conversations nicely. (I am forever thankful and also guilt ridden that so many others taken the time to learn my language.) We talked about the many people back home who were confused and worried by our decision to walk alone, and about our families, and our Camino experiences thus far. We agreed the Portuguese people are a cheerful bunch who eat a loooot of potatoes. We also agreed they drive on some of the skinniest streets we’ve ever seen. She taught me how to say ‘snail’ in German.

      Bregit is no slacker, so we clocked about about a 22 minute mile, even with an occasional lollygag. The scenery along our route was very much like coastal California. We trod a raised boardwalk across a lot of sandy beaches and dunes. At one point the wind blown sand had swept over the boardwalk trail so completely that the upright posts were covered. Sand walking sucks.

      Arriving here in Povoa de Varzim, we opted to detour back to the sea rather than take the standard path through town. That’s how we found a great little cafe for our supper, or whatever the Portuguese call the huge meal they consume midday. Of course there were French fries. Bregit got a salad. I was jealous.

      We are hitting the road together tomorrow for an anticipated 8 miles. Feet don’t fail me now.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Póvoa de Varzim, Povoa de Varzim, Πόβοα ντε Βαρζίμ, پووا دوارزیم, პოვუა-დე-ვარშინი, Villa Euracini, Povua de Varzinas, Повуа-ди-Варзин, Повоа де Варзим, 波瓦-迪瓦爾津

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