The Portugal Years: The Fourth Year – The Car

Our Renault 4 - photo taken from the varanda of our apartment.

Our Renault 4 – photo taken from the varanda of our apartment.

While we were in the states, we got permission to raise money for a car. At this point, we lived some distance from team members who had vehicles, and some places Harry needed to go did not have a convenient bus stop nearby. So, he looked around, talked to people and we ended up with a Renault 4. It is bigger on the inside than you might imagine, and it was economical to drive. It had, as did most cars in Portugal, a manual transmission.

I had some experience driving stick shift, but I’d never seen the likes of the Renault 4. The gear shift was on the dashboard! I tried to learn how to shift it, but never really succeeded.

Harry customarily parked on the sidewalk as you see here. It kept the car safer. Across the street was a farm where they grew the best potatoes I have ever in my life eaten. A small river helped with irrigation. It was a wonderful neighborhood, and a great place to live. I loved it.

Bethy loved to help Harry wash the car.

Bethy loved to help Harry wash the car.

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25 comments

  1. That is just the most adorable car I have EVER seen!

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    1. Well, small cars get you further when petrol costs what it does in Europe.

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      1. Tell me about it!

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        1. I know. My compatriots (many of them anyway) have no idea how much other countries pay for fuel.

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  2. I’m with Lucy. Love the car! And I’d be up for the challenge of driving it. Even if it was set up a bit oddly. It seems hot in that pic. Was it?

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    1. Professor, it was probably spring – maybe late spring. Except for the year that Bethy was born, it never got unbearably hot even most days in the summer. I’m certain you would show the beast who was boss if you decided to drive it.

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      1. I hope you’re right. I would have probably wrecked it, though. And you would have been unhappy.

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        1. Probably not. I might have said, “oops.”

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          1. *laughing* I’m surprised!

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            1. Well, it was such a dadblamery sort of beast with the dashboard thing, you know?

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              1. *laughs* I suppose you’re right! It’s pretty, though.

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                1. I was glad we had it.

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                  1. It’s really unique looking, which I love in a car.

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                    1. Unique? It looked like all of the other Renault cars.

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                  2. *pretends not to hear Susan* Yes, very unique!

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                    1. Ppppllllffft

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  3. Kevin Spencer · ·

    Ahhh…those wacky French.

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    1. Careful with your words, sir. Them’s my ancestors. Some of them anyway.

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  4. How I love that little car! And a stick on a dashboard?! Kudos — would be fun driving it. I also love that it was parked on the sidewalk for saftey!

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    1. Thank you, DR. I loved the paving stones myself. They were all hand laid on the sidewalks.

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  5. Well, let me refine: kudos for trying!:

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  6. Oh, how cool! Great photos! :)

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    1. Thank you!

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