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Published: July 27th 2013
Dear reader. Yet again another day without photos. We updated to Flash 11 and now the photo upload function doesn't work. Hope Travel Blog gets it fixed soon. CORRECTION. We switched over to Chrome and now it all works. You'll see photos from today and yesterday to catch you up.
Anyways, today was market day in Loule. There were two markets today. One is the weekly market outside and the other is an indoor market that is held daily. The outdoor one featured fresh produce, cheeses, nuts, sausages, etc as well as the most popular vendor who made fresh fihols (those hot donuts dipped in cinnamon - the word translated to "dreams"). So yummy. Inside there were lots of fresh fish vendors as well as some permanent shops selling pottery and lace goods (traditional Portuguese). We bought an Easter Cake which is a traditional Portuguese cake. It will be for later. We bought some small items from the pottery shop and did window shopping only at the fish vendors. There were some fish heads there bigger than Nigel's head!! Fresh eels again and a hundred different kinds of fish (most we never heard of). There were lots of shellfish too
Not sure if I spelled that right. This was Russell's first fish at the Robizio (all you can eat fish)
(oysters, clams, mussels, huge crabs, etc). The fish vendors would hack off tuna steaks with huge knives for customers. It was all pretty cool.
Then we wandered around the base of the Loule Castle which happened to be very close to the market. We also found an area of pedestrian only streets lined with shops so we were able to pick up some souvenirs (like a Ronaldo t-shirt for Russell). All in all a successful outing!
We stopped for a very late picnic lunch in Albufiera and then came home for some swimming since we didn't swim before we left this morning. Oh, how the poor children do suffer......
Forgot to mention, we saw something today for the first time in Portugal......a CLOUD!!! There were a few clouds today and the temperature was a little cooler (still warm though) but perfect for walking and shopping.
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