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Fishing here must be a blast.
It was a contrast with quaysides at home in Britain. The fish market here was stacked high with the day's catch, a wealth of species most of which I didn't recall having seen before. And yet, despite the best efforts of a few traditional fishmongers who meet the catch straight off the boats, Britain's seaside towns offered up just a few plaice, haddock and the ubiquitous sea bass on their 'fresh' counters.
Not only did the fish counters at my hometown superstores seem suddenly bleak. The deli counter of Mr Sainsbury and Mr Tesco were looking a bit sparse when I compared them with this prosaic market, an unassuming nineteenth-century building floored with cobbles. When would I be able to purchase a whole sheep's head - eyeballs packaged separately - in my local Morrisons? To say nothing of entire stalls devoted to a genus rarely indulged in the UK, namely horse flesh?
All around me Portuguese women were scooping up armfuls of provender for their evening meals. For myself, stuffed with sardine after a morning mini-cruise on a scruffy sailboat, I wanted a break before thinking about food.
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