And Finally………THE Market!

The second Sunday of each month is the Estoi market day, something that we’ve always enjoyed and have missed tremendously during our 21 month exile from travel.

We awoke to what Pat Kean would call, an “Oh No!!! Not another sunglasses day”!! Our hearts thumping with excitement and anticipation….almost sounds like Christmas morning, doesn’t it?….we prepared breakfast, ate, cleaned up and headed out. It couldn’t have been a more perfect experience, especially given it’s literally a 10 minute walk from our door.

The day was still, the sun beaming, and the streets were lined with cars, an indication it was probably going to be well attended. It was.

I truly cannot describe the pleasure to the senses this market is for us. The hustling and bustling of not only all the shoppers but also the vendors. Voices calling out, loud and melodic advertising prices, bargains, enticing shoppers to come and have a look. Standing in a row where on one side there are stalls selling fragrant cheeses that intoxicate while right across from it, a huge counter of sweet smelling persimmons. You simply don’t know which way to point your nose. Then a few steps beyond, live chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits etc. being sold, and today they were leaving the market grounds by the boxload. It must be that time of the year.

Marc and I were moving at a snails pace, up and down the rows, breathing it all in, enjoying each moment acutely aware of how lucky we were to be here and just how much we had missed it. We have committed to “being in the moment” each day we are lucky enough to be here and today we did just that.

Contented, overheated, and hungry, we headed for home. We thought to prepare lunch and sit by the pool for the balance of the day. When we arrived at the square near the house there were two empty chairs calling out to us so, we changed our plans and decided to stop for a bica. I had the cutest waiter ever! I even tipped him!

A truly wonderful day for us and yes, we did lunch by the pool. We sat out there for a few hours, Marc painting in the shade, me reading, listening to music and recharging my battery with the suns warming rays.

A favourite photo from today while walking down through the village.

13 thoughts on “And Finally………THE Market!

  1. Ohhh that cheese looks good. I like that small cafe; famous for their special biccas.

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    1. Yes that cheese is amazing……..as for the special bucks…yum!

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  2. What a beautiful day you had!! I love the thought of being there at the market!
    Those pineapple were huge!! I’m willing to bet they are much sweeter and juicier than the ones we get here. Sigh*
    No shoes for sale today?? LOL

    How fortunate you both are to be there, enjoying all the beauty! I’m tickled for you. Enjoy every second of every day. ❤
    The green doors were lovely.

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    1. Lots of shoes today, just no photos! Tried to take new shots. Yes, we are very fortunate and we know it.

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  3. Great blog. I’d be dragging a bag of persimmons home had I been there 🙃

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  4. Awesome blog today as always! I really enjoyed your description of the gypsy market & photos were great. I have great memories of gypsy markets in Portugal.

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    1. Don’t forget that I tried selling you at the gypsy market and didn’t even get a euro! LOL

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      1. You are too funny & love you anyway!

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      2. You are too funny & still love you lots!

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  5. C’est toujours un plaisir de te lire. J’ai hâte d’y être. Attendez-moi… j’arrive!

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    1. We are counting down the days with you! Six more dodo’s!

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