Sunday is “family day” here in the Algarve and over the years we have learned not to try and be overly spontaneous as it frequently leads to disappointment. It requires a little planning and good timing, especially related to finding a restaurant. That said, we opted instead for a short drive to Fuzeta, about 13 km away, a lovely stroll on the beach, a leisurely tea/coffee on the patio at the beach (where we sat and soaked up sun, people watched and gabbed for about an hour), a quick stop at a grocery on the route to Estoi, then lunch on the terrace beside the pool at home.
We strolled along the harbour and into the town just to see if a couple of our favourite restaurants are still in operation…..they are…..and we found a new one that looks as if it has potential. All of them have lovely outside terraces that are open year round. We both commented on how both Fuzeta (and Moncarapacho that we passed through) were even more empty and quiet than they usually have been previous Sundays.
I had mentioned to Marc that we needed to keep an eye out for poinsettia trees as they are in full bloom at this time. As we rounded a turn in the road, there it was in all it’s splendor. Puts our little indoor potted poinsettias to shame!
The temperature hit 18 here today which provided a lovely opportunity for us to prepare a picnic lunch and sit out beside our pool. We reminisced of previous times where we sat out here with various friends and enjoyed countless laughs, conversations, and relaxing times. For the record, we raised our glasses to your saúde, you’ll know who you are.
Right now the wonderful smell of dinner is wafting across the room, our constant music entertains us, and life, as we know it, is sublimely grand.
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