This morning we had determined we would take a jaunt to Portimão, about 60 km from us. Portimao has a pretty harbour front and historic centre but it is a major city, without the Portuguese charm of many other Algarve destinations. Our reason for going, Marc is having an exhibition there in February and we wanted to know first off if it was still going ahead (it is) and to have a first hand look at the exhibition space (not bad at all).
Marc enjoyed a delightful conversation with a couple of young woman who work there while I wandered around part of the neighbourhood to eek out anything that might be of interest.
Near our parking I discovered a ceramic school for children and was tickled to see that they had decorated one of the main fence walls with tiles from a couple of the early graduating classes.
While waiting for Marc I wandered around and spotted a few things that I found interesting.
Marc was occupied for about half an hour and once done we decided to take a stroll down to the harbour of the Arade River. It was fun to wander a bit aimlessly, not really knowing where we were pointed but following our noses, which often leads to water.
Our “business” taken care of, a sojourn on a patio beside the harbour for a bica, an hour or so stroll around town and we were ready to head back the old highway for home. We had determined that we would stop part way for lunch and with that goal in mind, off we headed.
No photo of our lunch today BUT, did we luck out. We stopped in a small roadside place we had stumbled on a couple of years ago and their prato do dia was one of our very favourites……bochechas de porco (pork cheeks). A generous portion, tender, succulent, melt in the mouth goodness. I refer to it as the “porno lunch” given the sounds we were making.
On the final leg of the drive we rounded a bend in the road and there in front of us……the most beautiful, in full bloom, silk floss tree!
Another wonderful day winding down for us. We were chatting earlier about how relaxed we are when here, how our days seem to take on a life of their own with an easy routine, effortless activities, and before we know it, it’s late afternoon and the sun is starting to set. Already a full week today!!!!!
Ter uma grande noite