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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Mercado da Ribiera


This morning I headed down to the Mercado da Ribiera near the bus station on the waterfront. It's an easy trip from the apartment walking down the hill along by the famous Bica Ascensor. It's much more taxing to climb back up the hill with your goodies in tow so if I don't have to wait too long for the funicular I'll take it back up the hill along with the eldery peole and perhaps a random tourist or two! Technically the market is open till 2pm but don't be fooled. You need to get here in the morning as I've seen some stallholders start to pack up  as early as noon.
I love the Ribiero though it's a little bereft and down at heel since a commercial market opened further out of town. Currently only half of the original space is occupied. There are plenty of veggies  and a number of butchers as well as stalls selling soaked beans and olives. I've been buying my veggies from this stall at the entrance to the market.
There is a section of the market for butchers, flowers and funereal wreaths as well as a stall with plants, herbs and plug plants like lettuce for the garden.

However, the fish is the main attraction here and on stall after stall there is lots of it. Sea bass, sea bream, mackerel, eels with large eyes and teeth, octopus, squid with its black ink, fish eggs, salmon, dourado  and so many more we couldn't identify. No wonder the Lisboans eat so much fish, it is fabulous and relatively cheap.

Smaller scraps of mixed fish are sold for stews and soups.
This is my favourite part of the market, I've bought and cooked clams, tuna steak, mackerel, dourado and sea bass. With only a short time left in Lisbon we're running out of time to try all the fish!

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