Saturday, February 9, 2013

Boats Called 'Moliceiros' in Aveiro, Portugal

 Aveiro
"Moliceiros"

postmarked in 2012 with a Portugal 'Circo Chapito' (circus clown or circus person) stamp for 0,80

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Aveiro is a city in Aveiro Municipality in Portugal, it is nicknamed "The Portuguese Venice", due to its system of canals and boats similar to the Italian city of Venice.

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Moliceiro is the name given to boats that you see in the Aveiro River. They were originally used for harvesting seaweed to be used as fertilizer for the farms in Aveiro, but now they are used more for tourists .

The boats have a low edge which made it easy for loading the seaweed. They also have a bow and a stern that are usually brightly decorated with paintings that show everyday situations.

2 comments:

viridian said...

What a pretty city, and delightful boats! Hope to see you for SUnday stamps - that is a great one.

9teen87 said...

Yep, I'm in!!