When spring time comes, i always think of flowers in bloom,happy birds singing and preparing for their nest,beautiful blue sky, beach,sunshine,etc.,etc...But not this spring,someday we might experience 2 or 3 days of good weather then the rest of the week will be cloudy,rainy and windy.Our climate has become so unstable and unpredictable now a days.
We are experiencing bad weather conditions since yesterday that according to our weather forecaster this condition may last up to thursday.
Last week end,we planed to go to the beach as we can see the sun shining so bright so we thought it might be a good day for a swim and sun bath but before we even got out of the house,the sun disapeared.
So,instead we just drive by the marginal and at least be at the sea side,stop in one area and just have a walk.( Hubby was not on to walking as he´s having problem with his leg,he said.Excuse,excuse!!) He prefers to be seated driving the car than walking.
Anyway, with my insistence he finally stoped the car in one place called "Boca do Inferno" which means "Mouth of Hell" is a chasm located on a cliffy seashore close to Cascais town.The sea has acess to the deep bottom of the chasm and vigorously srikes its rocky walls.This area is also a tourist attraction.
Here,we followed a diver when we saw what he had in his fish net and requested him if we can have a picture of him and his catch. He was kind enough to oblidge us and here he showed us what i thought to be a king crab.He said ,the "santola" must weight about 2 kgs. and hubby jokingly said it will be a big banquet for him and his friends.And he agreed that the crab will be prepared for his family & friends for the next day.
In portuguese they call it "Santola" and the crab is called "Caranguejo" so i guess santola is just a crab family that it might be called "spider crab" in english.I had a taste of this santola in a fishing village in the north during my first visit to portugal.It was very good!
Boca do Inferno is a very dangerous place to be especially during bad weather condition as you will see from the battered rock formations in the photos. The authorities had barricaded some dangerous areas for the people not to cross or trespass but as i can see there are still several men around the cliff with their fishing rods.And i already heard many times in the news that during bad weather conditions,these men or even tourist that are not careful and just fascinated to come near the cliff and watch the strong and big waves coming to batters the cliff were already taken to the sea and often times their bodies are never found.
Near the roadside,there were also stalls of local products such as embroidered table cloths,towels,handicraft and my favorite are the beautiful colorful potteries in the shape of pumpkin,carrot and cabbage pitcher or bowls as shown below.