For me, weekends here in the Algarve feel like the weekends did when I was a kid. I’m always acutely aware that it’s Saturday and Sunday yet at home, I rarely know what day of the week it is! Most things here shut down around noon on Saturday and from then till Monday morning it’s family time. You see it on the terraces, patios, and in the restaurants. I personally love it.
This morning, when we got up, it was only 4 degrees!!! That’s the coldest I’ve ever know it while being here. Of course by 10 it was 15 degrees and I’ve just come in from having lunch by the pool wearing only shorts as it’s 18 degrees. Now you know why I love it here.
As this is the 2nd Sunday in the month, it was market day here in Estoi. Joanne had never been to this particular market, and Marc and I love to go whenever it’s on, simply to absorb the energy, see all the activity and products, and feel like locals.
Time evaporates when we are here as we are so taken with absorbing everything and constantly calling out to each other to “come see”. Before we knew it it was noon and we were heading home…..a bag of fresh dried oregano, a jar of tiger balm, a bag of almonds, and a large bag of local field tomatoes.
And because I’m asked about our meals at home…last night’s feast
And finally, in closing, I bought Marc an identical outfit today as a surprise. And won’t he be!!!