Mercado do Bolhão

Mercado do Bolhão porto portugal fish cheese flowers plants meats wine cheese 3rdarm arthur mullen

I had gone for a long early morning walk to see the famous Eiffel bridge, and my path back to the hotel for a little sleep brought me past the Mercado do Bolhão. The 19th-century, wrought-iron building housing Porto’s historic market is impressive even in its imperialism. On sale were fresh produce, cheeses, wine, olives, smoked meats, sausages, breads, plants, and a multitude of fish so fresh they were probably swimming in the Atlantic that morning.

Mercado do Bolhão porto portugal fish cheese flowers plants meats wine cheese 3rdarm arthur mullen

I got some coffee and fresh baked bread. The woman who sold me the bread did not speak much English. And yet she seemed to perceive that I had a rough night, that perhaps I had ingested more salt cod than I could handle and that maybe, in this state of total cod drunkenness, I had made a fool of myself. I don’t know for sure whether or not she picked up on all that, but when she generously insisted I take some amazing cheese for my bread, that’s how she made me feel.

Mercado do Bolhão porto portugal fish cheese flowers plants meats wine cheese 3rdarm arthur mullen

The saying goes that I will eventually forget the names of the bridges I saw and what fish were on sale at the Mercado do Bolhão that morning, but I will always remember this woman who made me feel cared for!

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