Porto E Fiumicello
Thursday, April 26, 2018
No, we did not take a wrong turn and go to Porto, Portugal much as we love that city. This morning while Brian gave his knees a break, Eliane and I climbed the hill behind us as far as the road went. There were several houses up the steep incline, mostly holiday homes, one of which was specifically for tourists with a large swimming pool ready for use. There are huge cacti around here, the kind that you can buy at home in tiny pots at Home Depot. These reside in gardens and in the wild and can be a few metres tall and look like shrubbery four metres wide. There are also lemon trees, fig trees and olives in abundance.
I also took another stroll down to the walkway above the water. When I came back up I needed a shower. We then drove to Porto, the small pleasure craft and fishing port below Maratea. Eliane needed to use the bancomat. The closest one was there. We walked around admiring boats of all sizes, even a fleet of kayaks. The church doors were closed. Brian was relieved.
We drove back to Fiumicello with the hopes of picking up lunch before the two o’clock siesta. It was 1:45 PM. The restaurants and supermarket closed at 1:20 PM. Not fair! They are not following the rules! Fortunately we found the black pebble beach. We had not brought our bathing suits but underwear works. Eliane and I enjoyed a refreshing swim. It was a little cooler than yesterday probably because a mountain river rushes into this cove. Brian sat with his feet in the water as happy as he could be without his lunch.
We saw huge trees of bergmansia. The one we bring indoors each fall and cut back, then baby back into producing several large yellow trumpets bears no resemblance to these giants who live outdoors all year.
When we returned to our apartment we got out the bits and pieces that became lunch and still had leftovers when we were done: peanuts, chips, cheese, salami, half a bun, fruit, pastries, chocolate, tea, coffee, beer. I will leave it to you to guess who had what.
there was a beautiful sunset last night. We dined on seafood at Cesar’s, delicious and plentiful.
It’s rest time: reading, writing, snoozing.