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Hardware Store, Peso Da Regua, Portugal
Arriving in Peso Da Regua we parked the car and walked into the town which had interesting shops and houses with colourful tiled walls in bright blues, greens and yellows.
There were some of those old fashioned hardware stores that you rarely see in northern Europe anymore with merchandise spread across the pavement and items for sale hanging from string and hooks from the doors and windows. we ventured inside and there was the smell of chemicals and oil and we poked around the dusty shelves and baskets of special offers and then feeling obliged to buy something selected some cheap tea-towels and having made our purchase nodded politely to the man behind the counter and left.
Kim will eat mostly anything and Christine reluctantly finished hers but I would not describe Sue as a seafood enthusiast at the best of times and she really prefers her fish either in breadcrumbs or batter.
I wouldn’t say that she is a fussy eater but when it comes to fish she doesn’t really care for things that slither, float, or crawl about the seabed so she pushed this ugly critter around the plate a couple of times and then tried to cover it up with her knife and fork in a way that we used to try and hide uneaten food as children. It didn’t work then and it didn’t work now and this gastro incident was a serious setback in Sue’s journey towards more adventurous dining.
As we descended towards the Douro there was a change in the landscape as we entered the vine growing terraces of the grapes that produce the famous port wine. At eight hundred and ninety seven kilometres the Douro is the eighth longest river in Western Europe (the eighteenth in all of Europe) and flows first through Spain and then Portugal and meets the Atlantic Ocean at Porto.