The month never really got going until mid August when Nazareth came to town. Then I left...
to go Sailing off the Coast of Spain and Portugal. And that's about it...the usual...haha.
|Wake up! You're in Portugal|
Happy 10th Anniversary Brendandrea
! (Although I was a little late on this one missing the Anniversary back in 2015 due to a few flight cancellations in Buenos Aires). Nothing like a little Nazareth to bring back the memory of the early days.
|Check out those Custom shirts|
|1 out of 4 Original Band Members|
Love Hurts! A Nazareth Classic.
|Love you guys|
Set out on the 20th for Toronto (8 hour layover) and then to Lisbon, Portugal where I caught a Train to Porto 4 hours North. An early evening arrival to my friend Marta's place then a quick amazing dinner and 1 or 2 ports as you do in Porto. Finally a bus to Vigo, Spain the next morning to connect with Dr. Feelgood Sailing Vessel.
|Janaya and I scored Premier Economy|
by being the last to check in. Thx WJA
|Damn! Membership would have it's|
privilege... cause I ain't paying that!
|Could have been the double Ryes,|
causing me to forget my computers
2 times, Once on the plane and one here.
|Good Karma? Two seats for me all the|
way to Lisbon.
|Quick bite to eat at the Oriente Mall,|
Quick photo to the water and gone
|A little tired now and the girl across|
from me wasn't helping roping me in
with her Iphone charger at my seat.
|Take a look around|
|oh right! European trains have snack|
cars...How much? 2 Euro beers!
|Porto Train Station - Sao Bento|
|Oh shit! My little pocket mirror wasn't plastic after all.|
|Very nice look to Porto|
|Layers of meat, bread and Meat!|
Oh and some tomate sauce and meat!
|Francesinha - A Porto staple|
|Camara Municipal do Porto.|
"Nice Church" I said to Marta. Haha.
|The secret Bus depot. Where's the office?|
|Chau for now Porto|
|City bus in Vigo displaying GPS!|
|Just about at the sailboat!|
|Streets of Vigo |
|Streets of Vigo|
|German owned extra salty place.|
Sail Day 1 (8 Nmiles to Barra) - Setting off from Vigo on a 37 foot Bavaria owned by a British couple Simon and Sally.
|Sally and Simon getting|
organised for departure
|Vigo in the distance|
|Lying fog as we motored to Playa de Barra|
|Few others enjoying the free anchor|
in front of the Nudist Beach
|Not a lot of naked detail from this distance.|
Sail Day 2-4 (15 Nmiles to Baiona) - Headed out in a little ... a lot of fog in a calm sea, about 4 hours at 5 knots.
Dolphins!!! And lots of them.
|So fun and full of energy|
|The Castle of Monterreal of Baiona|
|It's all under control|
Quick boat tour.
|Holy crap, who's driving?|
Baiona, Spain is fantastic! We arrived in mid afternoon in to a surprisingly lovely and quite little town. Surprising if you are a group of tourist who didn't do any research. Haha. A nice waterfront, marina and mini beaches surrounding Castle Monterreal. Oh and we met some great people too!
Walk around the Baiona Castle / Fortress.
|Guns set on Marina|
|Marina right by the Castle|
|Huge 60' monohull sailboat|
|Enormous burger, Thx Poli!|
|Great night with Brasilian Beauties|
Poli, Stef and her Mom Anair
Sail Day 5 (40 Nmiles to Viana do Castelo) - Early morning with Los Paranauticos. Avoided crab pots on the Atlantic coast for 8 hours in a 10-12 knot wind. Lots of motoring. Arrived in town, had a dip in the water then a little walk around which was pretty quiet on a Sunday. People say it's great...ok, and I guess if I went up to the castle that could colour my opinion.
|Mind blowing amount of Kite Surfers|
|There's your Castle!|
Viana do Castelo Port Pivoting Bridge seems like over kill...and the same guy that runs the marina has to run over and open the bridge every time.
Sail Day 6 (35 Nmiles to Leixoes (cheap marina near Porto)) - A few hours of 14-15 knot wind cruising along up to 6 knots. Another stressful docking for what ever reason, one last night, a few beers and that was my time with Los Paranauticos.
|Leixoes commercial marina, yuck|
|Looks ok, but no Baiona|
|Simon and Sally Paranautico|
|New ridiculous golf cart tram|
system in Calgary YYC.
|Servicing a winch x 6 of them.|
Hilarious drunk couple walking around at 10pm (early for Spain) in Baiona.
|Don't walk behind that dart board!!!|
in Viana do Castelo