Monday, 18 June 2012

Fire in the glovebox

Day 56 - 17.06.12 Figueira da Foz

After saying goodbye to our Lincolnshire neighbours we got on the road to Figueira da Foz around 40 minutes away.  Unfortunately our planned parking spot, a huge free car park on the edge of town, had been taken over by a travelling fairground!  We spotted a group of Portuguese campers on a car park supposedly only for port related parking and headed over there.  Thankfully being Sunday, parking in these kinds of spots tends to be ok but we weren’t overly happy with it.

Figueira da Foz beach, PortugalWe found the nearest supermarket to stock up and then headed back for lunch.  Unlike Spain, a lot of Portuguese shops are open on Sundays.  In fact, it’s not unusual for the big out of town supermarkets and shopping centres to be open from 10am until 10pm.

The beach here is absolutely ginormous.  It would take a good five minutes to walk all the way across the sand to reach the sea! 

Figueira da Foz, Portugal
Figueira da FozThere are very few sights here otherwise and most of the nicer buildings are in desperate need of a spruce up.  The HUGE park in the centre of town is another disappointment.  It has the potential to be an amazing place but the grass is overgrown, there’s graffiti everywhere and you have to tread carefully to avoid all the dog poo! We’re both feeling disappointed with this place.  There are nice enough features here and there but we both dislike it for reasons we can’t quite but our fingers on.  Perhaps it’s just because we’re worried about the van, either way we decide to move on.

Our Lincolnshire neighbours had recommended a place called Pedrogao so we made for there.  The roads were very quiet and we made good time.  Unfortunately the last five minutes of the drive were pretty eventful as some puffs of smoke came out of the glovebox.  Thankfully it was just the fuse for the fog lights but we'll obviously have to get ourselves to a garage sharpish to figure out what caused it.

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