I was all set to take you castanet rattling in Jerez today, but we had a strenuous week last week, didn’t we? I thought a gentle amble round the latest addition to Olhão’s street art might be a better option. Truth be told, I could easily have missed these, if it hadn’t been for Becky. What would I do without her? A mine of information, she saves me hours of research. Murals with memories of the city gives details of the artists and how they came to work on this very engaging project.
Images of the sea always appeal to me, but the detail and realism of these bring them alive. They were taken from a set of photos of life as it was in the canning and fishing industry in Olhão, giving them authenticity and vibrance. While he was working, a lady asked to have a photo taken with the artist Pedro ‘Mistik’. Her mother was featured in his painting and she had the original photograph at home. I wonder if she was one of these?
The serious lady, or the one with the lively face? Might she stand out in a crowd, or perhaps, be a supervisor?
What a source of pride the murals must be for the older inhabitants of Olhão! The women, and their menfolk. And their dogs, of course!
And then there’s the iconic fish market, where the catch is sold. Close by, the lads still mend their nets.
But the days of the cannery are forever changed, wonderfully portrayed in all these capsules of time.
Four artists combined to create the work, bringing a new lease of life to these derelict buildings in Largo and Rua de Fábrica Velha. The faces are so full of character, telling their individual stories. They enthrall me.
It’s highly appropriate that the murals are close to Becky’s favourite fish restaurant in Olhão, Vai e Volta. We haven’t really done enough walking to merit a meal, but they are only open for lunch, so we’d better pop in now and stroll a little later. And no, that’s not my cake. Blame Robert today!
I defy you not to be full when you come out. And then a wander through Olhão’s atmospheric back streets just might reveal a March Square or two?
Five, I counted. Thanks so much, Becky, for providing fun and hospitality, as well as all those facts.
As the lights go down on Olhão, I have heaps of walks to share this week. Please find time to visit, especially if it’s someone you don’t know. You’ll find some great reads. I hope you’ve got that kettle on for a cuppa?
Pride of place, as promised, and a delight for you all! Thanks, Jude!
Closely followed in the happiness stakes by Drake :
And this one from Emma, just because I like it. We share fond memories of Tenby :
Robin has a nice touch too. Not too far from my doorstep :
Back to basics, with Jackie :
Never heard of this place, but Lady Lee is very well-traveled :
Less exotic, but very nicely presented by Anabel :
And here’s Shazza, on the hunt for Spring. I do hope she finds it soon!
But fairies would do very nicely. Lots of rich detail in this, from Theresa :
Can you believe I’ve never been to Rome? Never mind- Jaspa can show us the ropes :
Not so far away, Cathy has one last romp on ‘In search of a thousand cafes’ :
And Denzil finds much to give pleasure in the city of Antwerp. Check out the escalators!
Meanwhile, Pauline does a fabulous job of capturing the wild waves :
And Becky does a fair job on remembering the names of flowers. Much better than me!
I’ve joined Candy on her explorations before. You should enjoy this one :
Recently featured in Inntravel’s ‘Slow Lane’, meet Luke and Nell, in this part of the world that I love :
And finally, Carol takes us caving. There are some beautiful shots here!
That’s it from the wintry north east of England. Hope you enjoyed it and many thanks to those of you who took part. Join me any time on Jo’s Monday walks. You’ll be very welcome. Have a great week!