Posted in Cruise, Trips at 20:25 on 28 March 2017
I had only heard of Leixões before through the football team bearing that name, actually part of a wider sporting club. Leixões is however the port for Porto.
Like Avilés, Leixões has an architecturally interesting building by the dockside.
This photo from distance was actually taken when we were leaving port:-
There was a metal sort of walkway or loading way leading out from the building:-
See in this photo how the loading way’s roof bends over to become its wall:-
That curve can be seen here and the building as a whole:-
Views from dockside:-
Part of the structure is supported by these leaning pillars:-
I believe the building may house art exhibits at times. There was none when we were there though. Interior:-
From Matosinhos beach:-
Posted in Cruise, Trips at 20:00 on 26 March 2017
The bunkering finished and the Black Watch eventually set off some hours late.
Ferrol harbour outlet:-
On the starboard side was this collection of houses:-
This was a different (small) harbour on the port side as we sailed. Mugardos?:-
The estuary narrowed for a bit on the way out and there were old fortifications on each side of the estuary.
To port side:-
To starboard was the Castle San Felipe (Castelo San Felipe):-
Castle San Felipe slipway:-
If you look carefully at this photo you should see some gunsmoke coming from the castle. As a “greeting” to the ship there was a guy in mediaeval costume firing a blunderbuss or some such thing:-
Castle San Felipe:-
Looking back to port side fortification, pilot boat following the ship:-
There was a third fortification on the starboard side a bit further out from Ferrol. Pleasure boat in foreground:-
The pilot boat zoomed a little closer after we’d made it past the narrows:-
This quarry was the last sign of human activity before the ocean:-
Posted in Cruise, Trips at 10:00 on 25 March 2017
The harbour side, Ferrol. Lovely paving and trees:-
You can see the SS Black Watch in the background here berthed at Ferrol. That beardy bloke got in the photo again:-
Getting up on deck some time after we got back I could hear the sound of pipers again, coming from the quayside. I assume these were the Galician variety:-
I took some video. Click on the picture to take you to it. Galician pipes have a less strident sound than the Scottish variety:-
There was a delay to our departure because of what at first I couldn’t make out from the ship’s PA. I eventually cottoned on they’d said they were “bunkering”. I was amused that the same word is still used even though the ship won’t have coal bunkers but oil tanks instead.
It was a beautiful warm day and the ship put on an impromptu deck party, complete with six piece band.
My cynical self had the thought that they did this to push sales of sangria to offset any excess berthing fees arising from the overstay.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cruise, Trips at 10:00 on 23 March 2017
There wasn’t much deco in Ferrol. We found two nice squares and this one, the Plaza de Espaňa, had a deco building on it:-
Close-up showing deco detail on rounded corner:-
More Art Deco, Ferrol:-
Posted in Architecture, Cruise, Modern Architecture, Trips, War Memorials at 21:10 on 22 March 2017
On the way in to Ferrol from the ship we passed an area known as Arsenal Militar. A mannequin recalled Spain’s military past. Here’s a photo with some beardy bloke beside it:-
Ferrol seems to be laid out in a grid pattern though the streets are not wide. This was at siesta time when the streets emptied:-
A square in Ferrol:-
The building to the left of the square in the photo above has an odd mixture of architectural styles. See the glass gable-end:-
It was also hard by what may be a memorial to Spain’s colonial wars (if I can trust my reading of the Spanish inscription.) It was in the middle of a busy road so I didn’t linger long:-
You know you’re not in Calvinist Scotland any more when you come across a statue like this in an otherwise perfectly normal street. (Hooded penitents are apparently a big part of Holy Week celebrations in Ferrol.):-
Posted in Cruise, Trips at 10:00 on 21 March 2017
Ferrol, or El Ferrol, in the province of A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, was known for forty-four years as El Ferrol del Caudillo as it was the birthplace, in 1892, of dictator Francisco Franco. Curiously, in some sort of political karmic equalistion it was also the birthplace of the founder of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), Pablo Iglesias, in 1850.
The town is a mixture of ancient and modern with the older parts near to the harbour.
This is a stitch of three photos taken from the ship at berth:-
Ferrrol has been a shipbuilding town since the time of the early Bourbon kings of Spain, capital of the Spanish Navy’s Maritime Department of the North. This looked like an aircraft carrier:-
Another naval ship:-
These buildings were hard by the harbour:-
Posted in Art, Cruise, Sculpture, Trips at 10:00 on 15 March 2017
Thee is a lovely park in Avilés, called Ferrera Park. It was well used by people strolling or jogging and had that essential for a park – water; in this case a pond by which there were not only geese but a black swan.
Off to the side was a nice parterre garden:-
Complete with fountain:-
You know you’re not in Fife anymore when you see a tree like this:-
Just behind the parterre garden was this painted building:-
The sculpture is called Avilés and seems to be by an artist called Benjamín Menéndez:-
As the SS Black Watch left we passed this striking sculpture. It’s by Benjamín Menéndez and is called “Avilés”:-
This interesting rock formation stick sout into the Ría Avilés estuary:-
Further out where the estuary meets the Atlantic we could see loads of surfers riding the waves into Playa San Juan de Nieva but they were a bit too far off to photograph.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas, Cruise, Trips at 10:00 on 14 March 2017
More corner deco:-
La Voe de Avilés. “Rule of three” in the middle of the balconies. Good railings; and that compass dial above the door is a neat touch:-
Balconied Corner Deco:-
A more moderne style. Springfield:-
There’s a stunning mural of a ship and castellations at upper level here. Art Deco “rule of three” on the corner. I think this was the Play House Cinema:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cruise, Trips at 19:47 on 12 March 2017
Another sunburst door in Avilés:-
Art Deco styling balconies:-
Spanish Style, almost Deco:-
Some buildings in Avilés had wonderful tiling on the exterior. This was in a particularly deco style:-
A more modern take on the deco style in Avilés:-
Verging on Deco:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cruise, Trips at 10:00 on 11 March 2017
The most stunning deco/moderne building we came across in Avilés was this very rectilinear infant and primary school. Colegio de Educacion Infantil e Primaria, “Palacio Valdes”:-
Doorway, note canopy:-
The clock tower and face is great. Note flagstaff – plus “rule of three” in windows on gable end:-