We’re on the inside of the outer seawall (the one with the road going nearly to the end), about half way out. We were supposed to be on the inside of the all green one, at the anchor icon, across the harbor; quite a difference in proximity to town.
There’s lots to be done before we’re ready to play. Bob has satellite communications repair, as well as engine maintenance and toilet seat replacement that needs his attention. Shar and I are tasked with food & supplies re-provisioning. Jason is assisting on both sets, in addition to his quest to explore the local beer selection.
Among the five boats, there’s enough work to be done that James Knight of Yacht Tech and Rob Cote of Ocean Currents have flown in for four days, bringing parts and labor.
One of the unique features of town is the artwork in the stone sidewalks. Stones are either black or white, and mostly square-ish. Every block seems to have a different pattern. All this appears to be labor intensive beyond imagining. The courtyard of this church is an example of what can be achieved.
We’d heard of a unique restaurant, nearby, at which Jason made reservations for 7 o’clock (we’re on landlubber time). By the time we returned from shopping, it was 6:30. There’s no time for happy hour, but all the chores were done, including A NEW TOILET SEAT! Thanks to James for bringing and installing it.
The restaurant, Canto da Doca, is truly unique. The night before, I’d seen it from the street and figured the dirty windows put it in the ‘don’t go there’ category. Then, when I learned why they might not be super clean, all was forgiven. It gets a bit smokey in there, from time to time. That comes from the DIY cooking. Every diner is equipped with a super-hot granite stone, about 6″ square and 2″ thick, on which a selection of seafood/beef/chicken is cooked. At your own pace, you can slap a thinly sliced piece of, say, swordfish on the rock, turn it over when the desired done-ness is achieved, sprinkle a little coarse salt on it, slice off a bite-sized piece, dip it in a little garlicky aleoli, devour it, smack your lips and smile. Repeat with a little beef, repeat with a prawn, repeat with…well, you should get the idea by now.
We all agreed that it was the most fun dinner in ages…and a good moment for the fun part of our visit to begin. Tomorrow and Sunday, we are hoping to explore more of the town and island.