We were happy to discover that here in Portugal many of the towns host small festivals, sort of a low-key gypsy market with quite a few vendors and lots of live music. Despite all feeling a little tired from a late night, we managed to make ourselves presentable enough to head off at a reasonable hour and we wound our way into Moncarapacho, via unknown backroads, parked and wandered through the various booth deflecting “hungry for sales” vendors and simply revelling in the energy of the sights and sounds.
Something to match every colour scheme,and then some!!!
Plush toys are abundant and if you watch carefully, sell like hot cakes. I had to keep Marc away from them!!!!!
This weather weary charming old face happily posed for Marc.
We think Françoise is falling in love with all the plastic!!!!!
You gotta love the shoes…and I’m not talking about mine!!!
She was angry when she thought (rightly) that she was being photographed.
Françoise has discovered the Portuguese men are the perfect height for her!!!!
I want a sardine tablecloth for our upstairs patio in Ottawa
Ripe pomegranates for sale
Marc bought us two containers of strawberries, which grow in abundance here all year long.
! euro a box!!! juicy and delicious.
I love the faces of many of the people. Hard working, always a smile available…well maybe not in this photo, but normally!
neon spandex underwear……….who needs to lose weight , just squeeze your ass in these!!
There were musicians wandering around, accordion, guitar, castanets, etc.. I did get a video
We had determined that today we would eat our meals at home rather than try and find a restaurant open…Marc had made a great pot of soup yesterday and I was doing piri piri chicken for dinner and so…….once we were sated with the festivities we took yet another unknown road for home……..I love this aspect of driving here, especially now that I have a great sense of direction. We end up discovering all kinds of new vistas, photograph opportunities and our love of this place continues to grow.
The almond trees are starting to burst…in another week or so you won’t be able to see a branch from the proliferation of flowers
A lovely inviting entrance to a property surrounded by lantera.
This is not an uncommon sight here…..something that always makes me smile and stop so I can watch for a few moments.
Right in front of us as we came down from the mountain at Moncarapacho.
Both Marc and I love the colours that people choose to use on their houses, we frequently so the “if I owned a house here I’d paint it ??????. colour.
This gorgeous earth toned property is right next door to the previous pink house!
Lantera in abuncance.
A velvet textured fist sized rose….just starting to move past it’s prime
A slightly blurry but fun selfie……..
And as most of you are probably just up, or maybe still in jammies enjoying a lazy New Year’s Day…….we are home, working on a new puzzle, big fire on, helping to create a cozy environment, glasses of vino in hand, piri piri chicken marinating in the fridge and Lady Gaga entertaining us on the Bose………….life is generous, glorious and grand.