Ana Valentina Angelo
November has arrived, Figueira.
Cold and a fine drizzle embroider my coat with tiny drops. The sun, which comes and goes, takes its place as a star and plays hide-and-seek with wisps of white cotton-like clouds in a lush blue sky. Walking along the boardwalk, I go to Buarcos. Are you all mine, Figueira? That’s a lie! Where are the visitors? Well, they are, on the beach, in the bakeries, sipping the hot chocolate with pastel de nata. They are not as many as those called “summer vacation tourists”. These today seek the beauty of Figueira da Foz in a quieter context, less congested both in traffic, in commerce, in the walks … Everything is calmer now. They are visitors who appreciate, besides the beach, historical aspects – monuments, music, art exhibitions – with a hint of the “figueirense way of being”. Parked vehicles boast distant origins on their license plates. Little ladies with the famous European (or not) shawls, neck, and head protectors, surprise us with bare feet on the beach sand …..
‘Cause it is cold, Figueira, I leave the sand and walk to Buarcos.
Buarcos is very interesting. Its beach invites to the sea bath and the rest in the sand. To my right is the Buarcos Fort, “a long stretch of wall punctuated by three bastions – 16th and 17th centuries” *. To my left is a cluster of townhouses with narrow winding streets that look more like a movie set. The variety of tiles exposed in the lane of massive, centuries-old thick walls that sometimes advance the sidewalks, shows a historical testimony of the commitment between fisherman and sea. The Church of St. Peter Fisherman and the Chapel of Our Lady of Conception, from ancient times, remain cared for, flowered and visited. Behold, on this landscape, in the upper part of the community, the summit of the tower of the Castle of the Redondo boasts what time managed to preserve the monument built at the time of Dom Sesnando (1091) **, governor of the city of Coimbra. *
http://www.castelosemuralhasdomondego.pt/website/forte-buarcos ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sesnando_Davides
Figueira wants you here.
For the night, nothing more cozy than a hot tea or even a glass of good Portuguese wine, not before having been delighted with the art exhibition offered to visitors of Figueira da Foz at CAE- Center of Arts and Shows, available to the public until early 2020, day and night, with free entrance. These are unmissable works and available to those who enjoy it. And you, Figueira, are still beautiful…