Another perfect Algarvian day creating yet another excuse for getting out and exploring. Who wants to stay cooped up inside on a day where the sun is shining, the temperature is 17, and your agenda is literally empty. Not us.
Marc wanted to pick up a few new canvases, which made a perfect excuse for us to head to Tavira as we had located a great art supply store last year. I had already expressed a desire to head there “soon” and ramble about, explore a handful of new locations in and around town…..two birds with one stone.
We always manage to stumble on something that gives us our chuckle for the day. No exception on this fine and sunny one. We were wandering down a small street where a local worker was busy trimming all the various bougainvillea hanging from the many roof lines. His van blocked the entire street and he had the back doors wide open, to allow access to his tools etc.. He had also left his front driver’s window open a crack. Just as we were beside him he let out a string of probable curses (Portuguese) in an angry voice…….he was pulling open the driver’s door and out barreled a large but skinny cat. Turns out, before starting his work he stopped to pick up fresh fish for the evening and it was in a bag in the front seat………at this point, partially eaten by Mister Puss! The cat had obviously climbed in through one of the openings and was feasting…the poor thing was starving. The worker was not amused, not at all!
With all the walking we had built up quite an appetite and without any discussion we found ourselves heading for one of our favourite places Zeca da Bica. We were greeted with warm handshakes and Olá Olá, como você está, como estão as coisas..hello hello how are you, how is everything. It brought smiles to our already happy faces. Later when we were leaving we told him…. te vejo em breve, see you soon. He smiled and gave us yet another familiar pat.
We both took the special of the day……javili….wild boar. I can safely say that plates were practically licked. (minus the potatoes). If you’ve never enjoyed this dish it’s very rich and usually, as was the case today, very tender. You can see we washed it down with a tall cold Super Bock!
After lunch we had a couple of places we wanted to stop by plus the obligatory grocery stop. We were parked quite a distance from the old part of town…intentionally…..which allowed us another bit of exploration, a stop at the tourist centre to pick up a book of local events, then onward.
It was a perfect kind of day for us. Easy and lazy walking. Stopping to look at things, explore a few streets we hadn’t been on before and simply breath in the warm sea air in one of our favourite towns in the Algarve. As we neared home, on the back roads, we passed a large orchard of plum trees, long since harvested but the sun shining on the leaves was glorious.