What with sickness in the house and cooler weather, mid to high teens, we’ve been doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that when we all feel like it. It’s wonderful to take a stroll in the “neighbourhood”. It’s marvellous to hop in the car and in a few short minutes be in any one of several small towns to either grocery shop or have lunch. The best part is, constant sunshine to keep us company and to keep a smile on our faces.
Following a morning in Ikea, which is near Loulé, we headed into town, parked to walk a little and headed to one of our favourite spots, Bocage, for lunch.
We stopped in São Brás de Alportel for a few groceries and as always, something caught my eye and demanded to be photographed.
Somehow the days simply fly by and before we know it we are cleaning up from dinner and pulling out the cards or crib board! It’s wonderful spending this time with like-minded folks……..none of us feels any pressure to comply or “play in the same sandbox” if we feel like curling up with a book or game or whatever. Easy life it is.
Thursday was threatening much needed rain so we opted to head into Olhão late morning and go to a recommended pizza place, Pizza Mar, for lunch. We enjoyed it and it was nice to be out of the house for a few hours. It did rain…..poured, which was wonderful to see, hear and smell.
Today folks were feeling a little better and we decided to head off for a hike at Fonte Benémola. We’ve done this almost every year we are here and we never tire of it. Today, at Gary’s suggestion, we walked it in the opposite direction (end to start) so as to provide a new perspective for Marc, who “complained” that he’d already done it!!! Worked like a charm.
The path is wonderful and winds through what they refer to as Barrocal, which is defined as “An area of limestone soil stretching across the central part of the Algarve between the Serra and the coastal strip, with its own characteristic vegetation largely unique to this area”. Loads of cork trees, cistus bushes etc.. We thoroughly enjoyed it and frequently wandered off the trail to explore side tracks/roads/paths.
Last year we stumbled on a restaurant, Snack-Bar Café “Correia” in São Romão, which is part of the larger area of São Brás de Alportel. We had one of the most delicious meals of our Portugal trip and Marc and I sought it out a second time…..with one of our second most delicious meals. I had made note of it and today we stopped there again…….what a feast and how amazingly inexpensive.
From here it was a slow easy drive home, with the obligatory stops onroute……..there is always something that we have to have a closer look at………plus it helps to burn off a little of our feast.
A wonderful day had by all. It will be a light dinner, Marc has made a pot of turkey soup that is smelling pretty darn wonderful despite my still full tummy!! Gary is napping, still trying to regain his health, Patricia is reading and sipping tea, and here I am…..about to hit “publish”. All is good in our world.