Pat and Gary have arrived and are quickly settling into life in Estoi. They, like us, are happy to have a reprieve from the Canadian winter and are looking forward to sunshine, blue skies, wildflowers, and of course, inexpensive Portuguese vino!
Today, being the second Sunday of the month, meant the Estoi Market. In all my times visiting it I don’t think I have ever seen it as heavily populated with vendors as it was today. We thoroughly enjoyed the aimless wandering, the cacophony of vendors calling out for customers, the scents and sounds, and all the smiling faces.
Just as we were more or less wrapping up we bumped into Pat and Gary who had arrived a bit later than us. They had finished their shopping so the five of us headed off for a small cafe in the square near our house and enjoyed a coffee and catch-up. It was still quite early in the day and I had a project in mind and with that P&G headed back to their place while Marc, James and I hopped in the car and headed off into the mountains.
I was trying to find a particular house that I had found online but sadly, couldn’t actually locate it. I had the GPS coordinates and I did follow them, however, if you could have seen the tiny little dead-end street they took us down, and then watched me trying to turn the car around, you would have either peed yourself from fear or laughter. One or the other!!
By now we were hungry and nothing to be found in Santa Caterina but we were close to Bemparece and a favourite restaurant and off we trekked.
Sadly the patio was quite full, which meant we were relegated to inside, not all bad but certainly not what we would have liked. We enjoyed a wonderful meal and then decided to take a short walk along the main road to take in the views before heading back down the mountain.
And my last photo of the day, probably a bit sacrilegious for some but……the Blessed Virgin worshipping a bunny rabbit!!!! The composition of both in the corner of the restaurant dining room amused me greatly!