Another beautiful morning and yet another delightful walk for me. Marc had something to work on at home (cleaning the bathroom is work!!!) and so I headed off to enjoy the sunshine, the birds and the Portuguese countryside.
It was an interesting walk for me as the “hills were alive with the sound of gypsies”!! It’s that time where the medronho and olives that are not already picked are being clandestinely picked by the gypsies. I could hear them in the trees and bushes but as I neared, they remained very quiet so as not to be caught. I could see the carts hidden in the bushes and so I would clear my throat to give them warning of my presence. Silence after that. Quite frankly, good for them for picking and selling what will fall on the ground. At least it’s an honest day living as picking these things is not an easy task.
Marvelous walk followed by a wonderful lunch in the square and a fun visit with our friends Susie and Gus. We haven’t seen much of them since our arrival here which made it enjoyable to spend some time and catch up. We also had the pleasure of meeting more of their friends and our social circle grows.
Marc and I had decided to head into Olhão after dark to have a look at the Christmas lights. We parked the car and walked through several of the main streets as well as many winding roads in the old part of town, eventually arriving at the waterfront. Veery beautiful. I like that they use primarily white lights and not multitudes of colours. Very elegant looking.
Thoroughly enjoyed the meanderings and the lights. It was warm and balmy, which made looking at Christmas lights amusing for us. Also, to enjoy Olhão at night was a lovely experience. You see things differently that you do by day and in our case, found a few new places……a tiny bar in particular that we will revisit.
I am frequently amused by the various signage we see indicating…..banheiro….bathroom This one made me smile.