Over the last week or so we have enjoyed seeing ordinary families grilling their lunches in the street in the old town of Peniche. They are obviously not fearful of an overbearing health and safety system.
A week ago this small grill was cooking fresh sardines. When we passed it about half an hour later than that time today; the owner was obviously already eating lunch; but the coals were still hot.
A street away no less than ten sardines were on the grill and there were more fresh ones in the crate behind. Obviously lunch for more than one. I had no sooner shot the picture when a granny appeared...
...doubtless wondering why a silly foreigner was photographing her lunch!
Of course in a port like Peniche, fresh fish is in such good supply that nobody would dream of buying from the tin or freezer. Nevertheless the fishermen rightly rest on Sundays and there is no fresh fish for sale on Mondays.
This Monday we smelt a grill in a side street.
This one was grilling chicken.
While no country is perfect... and Portugal certainly has some faults.. it was refreshing to see that people grill their lunch in the street without fear. Without fear of idiots kicking over their grills our of spite and without fear of being sued if some careless pedestrian burnt themselves.