My family reflection in the window.I went to a restaurant above Alfama but did not see grilled sardines on the menu's dish of the day so I asked a waiter if they had them. Of course, they had, without grilled sardines there would not be a Saint Antonio party! I had a typically Portuguese lunch with grilled sardines, arroz doce (rice pudding) and meia de leite (coffee with milk). The sardines were tastier than ten years ago. I might getting used to my Portuguese life.
My DD2 demanded to have my rice pudding. At the end I had some. Too sweet, but I like it occasionally.
Sardines were on buses, grills,
hanging from the door
It is traditional to have mass weddings on this day, and in Lisbon the city hall will pay for them if the couples are poor. Today 16 couples were getting married at the Se cathedral, and tonight they would march on Popular Parades in Avenida da Liberdade. I did not see them arriving because I was told that they would arrive later in antique cars, but I saw their relatives arriving in nine buses escorted by police.
And a famous Portuguese television morning show presenter João Baião was in his car behind the ninth bus. He was friendly, I asked him to roll his car window down for the photo and he did. I gave him my Portuguese-Mongolian Association business card, he looked at it, I guess, he will never look again. He was in a red mini but was quickly spotted and people were shouting "Senhor Joao!", "Senhor Joao!"
Nearby a lady was selling Beirao liquor. This is made in the north of the country. I tried once just for my curiosity. For people who like liquors it could be good but I cannot judge.
A lady had candles to tribute Santo Antonio in front of her shop door, hopefully, there would not be a fire!
Of course, what goes in must come out. The streets already smelled of urine.