Today was our first “gypsy” market here in the Algarve, at Santa Catherina da Fonte do Bispo….we both love saying that outloud, really fast!!! Although we loved it, we were also disappointed with the turn out of vendors, very low, probably because of the potential for rain. Didn’t deter us from going, wandering aimlessly and smiling broadly like two Cheshire Cats!
Other than a couple of tea towels, we didn’t purchase anything. We truly went for the pleasure of being there and the people watching. As we left we took a small, previously unexplored side road. We’ve long since discovered that nothing here runs in a straight line and this was no exception. What a gorgeous route.
We spent about 4o minutes on a steep, tiny winding road. Up and down the sides of the mountain, skirting around heavily flowing rivers. Valleys green and lush and orchards cascading in every direction on the hillsides. We were both in our glory and joked that we knew of two particular people who would not have been happy in the car with us for one single second given their propensity for fear of heights……FB and GS……you’ll know who you are!!
One of our objectives this year is to explore more roads like this. Branch out and let ourselves get temporarily “confused” as honestly, we are never really lost. I would have liked to have gotten out a few times today but the road, which was a two way road, and we did encounter other vehicles, was a bit too narrow to safely park on. We simply enjoyed the drive, oohhed and aahhed over all the spectacular views then wound our way back to Estoi for lunch.
And so another day in our lives is coming to a close. We ran an errand in Olhão…had to get an HDMI cable to connect the lap top to the television in order to watch some Netflix! Threw on a laundry (me), started a fire in the woodstove (Marc) and just in the last few minutes, popped open a bottle of vino and cranked up the music. Life, as we know it, is beyond grand.