Today our cleaning lady was arriving at 10 and we like to be out of her hair and let her do her own thing so……..we had made arrangements to go and have a Christmas visit with Sarah and Henrique. We were a little early leaving and opted to head into Fuzeta for a walk along the sea. A perfect decision.
The low tide was well under way and the beach fairly quiet except for a few diehard fishermen,
How calm it all looked with a few fishermen relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous morning sunshine. The heat was already quite significant here on the beach.
Even though I have a horrible fear of being on the water, I love being near it and looking at all the activity.
We enjoyed a lovely visit with our friends, a few laughs, great conversation and we walked away with an armload of oranges, grapefruit, lemons, figs and three bars of Sarah’s amazing homemade soap. Here is a sample of one of the………
From here we had decided to head on to Santa Luzia. It is considered the “capital do Polvo” or “capital of octopus” so guess what we had for lunch!! Not right away however, first we parked and enjoyed a lengthy walk along the promenade and then after lunch, many of the tiny winding streets. The sun was blazing by now and it was surprisingly hot.
This is a lovely touristy village…..many of the homes are rental and today, quite a few for sale. The colours are bright and cheery.
We both love the stonework in the streets and the different designs.
Palm trees line the promenade and flower beds sit at the base of each. We appreciate the colour so much this time of the year.
An old fisherman’s cottage, renovated and freshly painted.
WE sat and watched the many schools of fish, some of them quite large….the fish,not the schools. Very relaxing.
This place is for sale….anyone interested?
I’ve never noticed this tile work above this cafe before today. We both think it’s a recent addition.
Herby the love boat?
The gulls were quite prolific and vocal today.
We wandered around the fisherman’s huts to have a look.
Octopus pots galore.
I loved the colour in this door and the way the sun was kissing it
A good game of Pétanque .
Curious eyes followed us as we walked about.
Nothing like wonderful sea air and a stroll to build up and appetite.
My happy fella……sunshine AND octopus!!!! Banner Day!
We both enjoy the patio at Casa do Polvo Tasquinha
Flavourful olives……lemony and a tiny bit bitter.
A sweet tomato salad.
My Feijoada de polvo…white beans, white turnip, carrots, an amazing broth and loads of succulent octopus with a few incredible “chunks” of chorizo
My dish again, so you can see the detail.
Marc’s Fricassé de polvo…he threatened to lick the plate
We delighted in sitting and relaxing in the sun with a bica and finally agreed that we needed to move, which meant heading off for a bit of a walk with the goal of arriving at the parked car. We had been smart and parked at the extreme other end of the village when arriving……no excuses not to walk back!
Just because it looked lovely!
This rich grey against the stonework was quite striking.
This tiny little patio had it all, including a happy canary!
Doesn’t he look great in blue???
This is a small apartment building right in the middle of town.
And finally, this lovely double chimney.
A great day had by all. The drive home was quiet as we both reflected on how wonderful the day had been. And to boot, we were arriving home to an impeccably clean house, smelling sublime.
Our usual cinq à sept, much giggling and laughing and finally, a walk home. Another day in our grand life.