Thursday, April 11, 2013

Painting on the Road: Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Portugal

Quinta do Chão D'Ordem
Suggestion for any readers who are artist/teachers and might like to conduct a workshop in Portugal: Check out the town of Vila Nova de Foz Côa in the Guarda district of NE Portugal, close to Spain. It has rolling hills; vineyards; olive, almond and orange groves; stone buildings and fences everywhere you look; rivers; prehistoric rock art; great wine and cuisine; and inexpensive accommodations. We stayed at Quinta do Chão D'Ordem, a working farm that's been in the same family for eight generations and was previously owned by King John VI (before he fled to Brazil to escape Napoleon's troops 200 yrs. ago). One of the highlights of our trip has been time spent in this area which included a tour of paleolithic archaeological and rock-art sites that were "discovered" during the construction of a dam in the 1990s. Needless to say, that damned the dam construction.

Male horse, paleolithic rock art, Coa, Portugal
Female horse, paleolithic rock art, Coa, Portugal

Where the Coa River meets the Douro R.

Portuguese countryside

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