Aveiro is home of one of the nation’s most dynamic universities, a gorgeous canal system (giving it the nickname of “the Portuguese Venice”), great food, and…brilliant colors.
Half a day in Aveiro was not enough to fully explore, but it was enough to get a good taste. Here are a few samples.
A weathered door, still retaining glimpses of its former brilliance.
This mural was off the beaten path, and I have no idea what it’s supposed to signify. The text on the shark says, “Oh…Manel…call the police.” Just ahead of the shark’s nose is a big Welcome, in English. We did feel quite welcome, actually.
Not far from the shark mural was this house, sitting on one of the side canals. Suffice to say this is not a standard color for Portuguese houses! After I got home I started to wonder about those colors, which look very much like the colors of a national flag. A quick search answered the question: Ukraine.
Aveiro’s canals are full of moliceiros, shallow-draft boats native to the area which are renowned for their distinctive artwork. Some designs are religious, some are scenic, and quite a few are risqué. (Three guesses as to which I enjoyed most.) This one shows a skimpily-dressed woman leaning over while a small dog is, we hope, sniffing her leg. Behind her are two workmen laying down calçadas and enjoying the view. The caption says, “I wish I were a dog.”
More to come.