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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Seafood extravaganza in Olhao, Portugal.

Monday 25/3/13

We had our planned ride for today postponed until tomorrow, so Suzanne and I jumped on the bike and made our way to Olhao for lunch.

Mario had recommended a couple of restaurants there and said we had to try the local speciality, Cataplana De Marisco. Who are we to argue?

We walked into Cervejaria Ria Formosa and once we'd settled in we ordered our meal, not having a clue what we were going to get. Not long after, out came a huge bowl of seafood. It was chock a block full of crab, prawns, scampi, mussels, cockles  with capsicum, tomatoes, and onion. Oh, and a little bit of garlic. This was accompanied by a very large plate of chips.

Wow! what an enormous feast.

The bowl was enormous and as we looked at it we both said that there is no way we could eat it all. We were wrong. We did have to leave some of the vegetables and chips though. It was superb.

We timed our visit just right because as we were leaving the entire place was packed, and there were a lot of bowls full of seafood on the tables. If the locals are ordering it, it must be OK.

After lunch we needed to work off some calories. We went for a stroll along the foreshore and checked out the fishing boats, the fish market, and shops that were there.

 All the boats were back in...

...but there is always work to be done. 

The gulls here are enormous. They could carry away small children in their talons...if they had talons.

There was a real estate agent so we stopped and looked in the window at the properties for sale, as you do when you're on holidays. All I can say is we could live like royalty if we moved here.

Back on the bike we went for a wander just following the roads to see where they went. Suzanne did her usual "take photos of street art" thing as we went down little side streets to look around.

I like the guy painted on the door way on the left.

We found our way out of town and went for a cruise on some back roads. It's so pleasant riding around here, just cruising and checking out the scenery. It was getting on time wise so we jumped on the motorway back into town.

As usual, Farense was happy to see Suzanne...

...but not as happy as he was to see food.

Dinner at the club tonight was...seafood. We enjoyed some tasty squid with chips, and salad. As usual there was so much we couldn't eat it all.

I was still tired from the weekends activities, but do you think I could go to sleep when I got into bed? No way. Suzanne introduced me to movies on You Tube, so I stayed awake until four thirty watching movies. I wonder why my eyes are burning?

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