Central Portugal – Off the Tourist Trail

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Picture My Week. Spending time with friends


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Picture My Week- A bit of a wobbly week

At the beginning of the week I thought the antibiotics had done their magic, but half way through my week they decided to hit me with some lovely side effects!
So I had a less productive week than planned, but it was definitely better than the previous one.

Picture my week 11th – 17th Sept . Two very lovely days.


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Gois Choir

Gois Choir

After enjoying the first day, I decided to pop down on Saturday and Sunday too. There were various art events on over the 2 days, from artists in the park, poetry, talks about artists, to bands, choirs and fireworks.

One of the highlights, on Saturday evening, was a performing arts extravaganza, held in the towns newly built Cultural centre.
It was a great night, with dance, drama, the Gois choir, a comedy duo, and 2 concert bands; one from Figuera De Foz and the other the Gois- Varzea Band.
The place was packed to the gills, and it was lovely to see so many people, of all ages, enjoying the opening night of the cultural centre.

Another highlight for me was on the Sunday evening. A group called Real Companhia were playing in the park, next to the river beach. I had seen the stage being built a few days before, but had no idea what sort of music they played.
It turned out to be better than I could have hoped.

The musicians played guitar,accordion, drums, mandolin, violin, and keyboards, and the music was a sort of Portuguese / Celtic/ Fado mix. As a big fan of Irish music I really enjoyed it.
A female vocalist called Ana Lains, a Portuguese Fado singer joined them for the night.

If you want to hear the sort of music click on the link

This was followed by a wonderful firework display at midnight, to end the 3 days.

Gois Oroso Arte 2013 was a real treat, and I am already looking forward to next years event !

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 As I don’t have access to the internet at my house, I usually pop into Gois, and sit in one of the bars where there is free wi- fi ,to check my mail and sort out my blog.

  I often go to town in the morning, and so head to the MAY TAY bar, which is on the main high street. It is open 7 days a week from early morning ‘til late. It serves snacks, and cakes, and usually there are news programmes on the TV, so I can find out whats happening in the world. It is easy to park the car nearby, and the bank, post office, health centre, library and supermarket are a stones’ throw away, so I can combine a visit along with doing  other stuff. The staff are always really nice and friendly, and make you feel welcome.t is a bit hard to be heard using Skype. due to the noise from the TV and pool table, so I tend to go to a different  bar when I am Skyping.

  The CHILL OUT is also in Gois , It  does not open until about 3pm, so I don’t go there as often. It is a lovely relaxed bar with sofas inside, and tables and chairs overlooking the river( where I am sat right now).  Generally it is quiet in the afternoon ,and so it is where I head to when I want to have a chat on Skype, and get stuff done without distractions. They do snacks , such as hot dogs, toasted sandwiches and burgers. It is open very late in the evening, when it gets busier and noisier.Then it is great to socialize, but not so good for going on line. They normally have football or a movie on in the bar, and music videos in the sofa lounge.  The staff here are great too, and speak perfect English .It is also home to a family of ducks.

The chill -out ducks

The guy behind the bar brought 2 of his ducks from the family farm, to live by the river. They have a cute little wooden house in front of the bar, and they must be happy living in town, as they had 9 babies last week . I was so busy watching them, I got nothing done !

Also in Gois is a free internet café, with computers and a printer. It is open every day, apart from Sundays and bank holidays, and the staff are lovely.There is one man  called Joao,who is so helpful and funny. I go in just to say hello from time to time. We always have a mini English- Portuguese language lesson when we meet, and as well as assisting me with internet stuff and the Portuguese language, he has helped me to find a car and a good hairdresser!

The main square of Gois,  O Largo do Pombal  is also a free wi area. I haven’t tried it out though,as I think  it would be be very hot sitting in the sun ,and  hard to see the screen.  Also it is much nicer to sit with a cold beer or a coffee and cake !!

O largo do Pombal.

I have been looking at the options I have for getting internet at my house, and maybe will get it sorted for the Winter.it would be useful to have, and easier to be in contact  with friends and family. In the meantime it is no hardship sitting next to the river ,under a shady tree with a cool ice tea, or beer, watching the ducks playing, as I type away.