6/11/10 We scoffo the scocho…

For breakfast I eat something that sounds like “scocho”, with a wonderful cup of strong milky coffee, at the restaurant attached to the campsite – “scocho” is a home-baked cake, not too sweet, but really moist and delicious. Then we drive south-west, escaping the fog of the plain, into prettier country with wide open spaces, big skies and deserted motorways reminiscent of US of A road movies (American accent required here)…



We lunch at a lorry stop with fine views, then head across the border into Portugal. Oh no, another language required here, and I was just getting used to Spanish! We end up in a lovely little campsite in Vila Nova. Chaves and its surroundings (including Vila Nova) has a lovely feel to it – rural and unhurried – of course, the sunshine gives it a rosy glow. We speak to the campsite official in French; his English is only marginally better than our Portuguese! And the campsite toilets have a most poetic sign: water is a precious well. I’ve a feeling this is a sort of error in translation as the French and Portuguese indicate water being something good that is precious, but hey, the poetry works! And then I had to go and play with it….

water is a precious well

well, water is precious

precious water is well

well-water is precious

in a precious well is water

precious, precious water – well!

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