Traipsing Tavira and Polvo!!!

Ont nous annonçais 13 degrés mais finalement ont a eu 17 resplendissants Celsius par un soleil tout aussi gracieux et généreux dans un ciel presque sans nuages d’un bleu éclatant. Les lunettes de soleil étaient de mise.

La journée à commencer par une visite de certains monuments historiques à Tavira.cette municipalité de 26 mille habitant à sont quartier populaire et ses squares bien définis ou l’ont retrouve touristes côtoyant les habitants locaux.

Après plus d’un demi douzaine de visite dans cette ville je ne me lasse pas de revoir certains aspects comme les ruines du château, avec sont merveilleux jardin, l’église de la miséricorde tout en tuiles typiquement portugais (bleu et blanches), le pont romain remarquablement bien restauré, ses grandes places et marchés sur le bord de la rivière.

La journée s’est poursuivie avec un arrêt a l’un des meilleures restaurants de l’Algarve (en ce qui me concerne) la Casa de polvo tasquinha a Sainta Luzia. Le spécialiste de la pieuvre, la pieuvre apprêtée de toute les façons imaginable….J’ai presque le,goût de dire que ce restaurant est l’une des raisons majeur de mon retour en terre portugaise… je j’irai pas si loin mais…..

Quel repas mémorable ce fut encore une fois. Pour Françoise c’était une première à déguster le polvo et elle ne l’a pas regretté. D’ailleurs elle veux y revenir pour prendre un autre plat, celui que j’ai pris par exemple ou encore celui de Randy (polvo a bras)

Après une promenade sur le bord de la mer, juste de l’autre côté de la rue ou ce trouve le restaurant nous sommes rentrés à la maison. Une autre belle journée est presque terminée. J’ai encore un coucher de soleil à prendre en photo et je pourrais dire que celle-ci fut mémorable.

Merci la vie?

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Today we spent several hours exploring Tavira, a wonderful reminder to Marc and me why we love that town so much, and a glorious introduction for Françoise.  The temperature was hovering around 17, perfect for climbing up and down ancient castle walls and the many steep winding roads and steps involved in our excursion.

With it being Saturday we expected to find everything open in the morning with closures happening around 12h30, the usual Portugal routine.  Not so today, many of the stores were closed, some showing “gone on vacation” signs, others, no indication at all, simply closed.  That part was a little disappointing but we quickly got caught up in the beauty of the town and simply explored.

What a wonderful day we enjoyed together.  We did pop in and out of a few of the local craft shops, some very interesting pieces but no takers today.   By now we had worked up an appetite and we had already decided to head to Santa Luzia, about 4 kms on the route home, right on the sea, for polvo, octopus.   How delighted we were to find a table right on the patio, partial sun, partial shade to accommodate all of us….

I did have a photo of Françoise also but she would have been unhappy with me if I had posted it as it wasn’t that flattering……….following lunch, a leisurely stroll around the water front and along the area where the fishermen work and have their “huts”, where they keep their gear and supplies.

Another perfect day in our version of paradise.  Plenty of exercise, fresh air, good food and grand company.   Life continues to treat us exceptionally well.

7 Comments

  1. What fabulous yellows in the buildings today and reds and oranges in the flowers, all quite beautiful! That rose was a magnificent colour…I’d have to marry any man who gave me that! Love the pink condos too.
    The seemingly ever-present blues in the sky and the water makes everyday such a gift. Sometimes I need reminding in the gloomy cold days we’re having! So thank you for the beautiful photos!
    Love, P

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  2. I love your pictures! It makes me feel as if we were already there! Benoît and I also enjoyed visiting Tavira last year. What a lovely place!! We intend to go back again this year. Only 12 dodos before our departure! So much looking forward to it !!! Bises.

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  3. Tavira is such a lovely spot and nice to see you shared your experience with Francoise. Lunch looked divine and sounds like you all had a fabulous day. Great January weekend here and just below 0c, so all is good.

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