The Bear Went Over the Mountain

On est vendredi et la journée s’annonçait nuageuse mais pas pluvieuse. Qu’à cela nous tienne nous somme gaiement partie gravir la deuxième plus haute montagne de l’Algarve, le Cerro de São Miguel. Situé tout juste au nord de Moncarapacho et à une courte distance d’Estói, où nous sommes basés. C’est une gentille balade qui nous a mené vers ce mont qui, pour Randy et moi n’est pas étranger, l’ayant monté à plusieurs reprises.

Du sommet ont peu y voir jusqu’en Espagne d’un côté et de l’autre Albufeira. Assez impressionnant.

Françoise a appréciée la “balade” qui selon elle valait l’effort. Je suis d’accord à cent pour cent.

Puisque nous étions dans ce coin de l’Algarve nous nous somme mis d’accord d’aller prendre notre repas du midi à Livramento. Un restaurant typiquement portugais qui a ouvert l’an dernier à notre grande joie car il n’était qu’à quelque dix minutes à pied de la ferme ou nous habitions. La serveuse du Churrasqueira (c’est le nom du restaurant) nous a accueilli avec un gigantesque sourire bien sentie. Sur ce nous avons tous commandé le pratos do dia, le Coelho á caçador. Lapin chasseur. Un véritable délice. Franchement, nous avions été charmé dans le passer par la cuisine de ce restaurant mais cette fois le chef à vraiment frappé dans le mille. De plus nous trouvions que le lapin chasseur entrais justement dans le thème de la journée avec notre balade dans le monde ou le lièvre est roi.

Puis, puisque nous étions à deux pas de la ferme ou nous avons décider de voir si Enrick y était. Malheureusement il était nul part sur sa ferme.

Quel journée presque parfaite. Je dit presque car je crois que la perfection n’est pas de ce monde.

Bonne journée…. oh! Vous devez bien avoir des commentaires! Merci d’avance.

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Warm, cloudy, a slight breeze……hmmmmm….a perfect day to eat a hearty breakfast, put on our hiking boots and climb to the top of  Cerro de São Miguel.  I suggested it and happily both Marc and Françoise felt up to it and there you have it!!!

We drove up the mountain road part way then parked and headed into the hills.  The trails are originally old mountain roads, entrenched over time by farmers and probably farm animals.  Now they are well used mountain biking paths.  On Saturday and Sunday it’s best to avoid them as they tend to be well used.   We noted today that several new, and in some cases, very large, “jumps” had been built.

Once at the top we stopped to enjoy the view, point out the various towns to Françoise.  From this point you see over half the Algarve shoreline and on a clear day, which it wasn’t today, over to Spain.   And of course, what goes up must come down.

We’d worked up a great appetite and given we were not that far from our old villa, we decided to go to Livrament and enjoy lunch at the little restaurant that had opened last year…..

Satisfied and quite full we headed over to the old villa to pay a visit to Henrique but sadly he wasn’t around.  Nontheless, we picked a bag of oranges, some lemons and a grapefruit. I left him a note pinned to his shed door with a bright orange clothes pin…….I hope it didn’t blow away.  Of course there are always stops on the way home…..

And that’s kind of how our day was passed.

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    1. We thought of you as we climbed to the top today. It was so much fun and we, all three, felt great afterwards. The rabbit……..I would almost go so far as to say it was the best meal I’ve had here yet……bu then again…..my octopus was pretty darn good……and the bacalhau a bras..is pretty devine………and frango piri piri is right up there………LOL

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    1. I am so thrilled you have read the entire thing……..you’ve made my day! You know if you want to sign up for email notification….simply go to the bottom right on the blog page, click on “follow” and input your email address. Go to your email and open the one from WordPress….click on “confirm” and each time I post, you’ll get an email. Take care.

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      1. I have added it to my list of blogs that I follow, so I can see if there is a new entry. I don’t blog everyday, just about once a week or so when I participate in a thematic photo thing. But I consult the blog everyday to see who has posted. I am bored this winter!

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  1. I’d say that’s a great day in Paradise…forever friends, fine weather for a hike, fabulous florals, and fantastic food! A frameable pic-ture by Marc!

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