We meant to take an afternoon stroll and ended up over 6 km from where we were staying and the time was past 7pm. Walk or take the bus home? Since the weather was perfect and we felt great, we started to walk back on the paved stone walkway along the river.
The last tour boats passed us on their way back to Porto. A few people were still fishing.
After an hour of pleasant walking, we came to the highly regarded restaurant, Papavinhos. Why not stop to enjoy some good local cooking?
We decided that the perfect place to try a traditional Portuguese meal of salted cod (or salt cod) would be Papavinhos. The kind waiter explained that dish might not be to our liking because it is very salty. We thanked him for cautioning us, but we wanted to take our chances, reasoning that, while in Portugal, we needed to get the real thing at a place that would do it justice.
Dinner started with olives and a tuna pate, served with assorted little rolls and pieces of bread. The salted cod came with potatoes, roasted in garlic, and kale. We thought it all very good, ate well, but the waiter was correct that it’s unlikely we’d order it again. We probably liked the roasted potatoes the most. Still, we’re glad we dined on traditional salted cod.
We left the restaurant quite pleased at 9:30, and, by the time we got home, we realized that our “little” afternoon walk had lasted almost 8 hours. What a great way to spend a day!