We arrived in Lisboa back on November 20th and have enjoyed this past month simply settling in, reconnecting with old friends, letting the sun and sea air rejuvenate us, and feeling thankful each day that we are permitted this wonderful experience.
Portugal has been experiencing a terrible drought and consequently the weather has been unseasonably warm, not something we will complain about, but not at all good for the locals who rely on the land as a livelihood. This weather has afforded us the luxury of long walks on the beaches, we’ve visited Faro Beach, Barril Beach and the Fuzeta Beach and left our footprints in many kilometers of sand!!
We’ve visited a few Christmas markets, which are always colourful and lively, and there is of course, the Olhão market that we have frequented on most Saturday mornings. We love to go just to absorb the energy, pik up on the culture and support the local farmers.
And most importantly, it allows us to spend time with mutually minded friends who also happen to love the market environment as much as we do.
As we get closer to Christmas things have gotten much quieter around us. Some of the stores close a little earlier, people are spending more time doing last minute things, just like we’d be doing if we were home in Canada. Today Marc and I headed into Estoi to pick up some puff pastry we ordered from a local bakery. Marc is going to prepare tourtiere for Christmas Eve………I think a Pet de sœur euphemistically translated nun’s fart…..a sweet he loves, might show up from the left over pastry!!! It’s been known to happen.
Once we picked up the pastry we stopped at Ana’s and Simão’s restaurant and they kindly let us store it in the fridge then we took a lovely walk through part of the town and up a lovely old farm road we explored last year. Delightful in the warm sunshine with the scent of drying bamboo and blossoming loquats all around.
We followed that up with a hearty lunch on the patio at Snack Bar com Tradiçoes, a wonderful Feijoada, which is a stew of beans with pork, of Portuguese origin. I couldn’t eat it all it was so filling.
And so life goes!!!! I hope you’ll follow along with us this year if you like. I never know how often I will post, or if Marc will add a portion but….we will do what we do, when we do and to have you along for the ride would be delightful.