The Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows (Capela de Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos) was built in 1760 by the order of the Cistercians monks of Alcobaca.
The small rectangular building is topped by a little arch with a cross and a bell.
Like the facade of the Saint Anthony's chapel, also the facade of the Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows is completely covered with blue and white tiles (Azulejos).
The Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows is located right at the beach promenade Av. da Republica, somewhere between the square Pr. Sousa Oliveira and the northern end of the town.
Mr António Murraças, 64, crew member, takes the time to make two "bixeiros".
Hopefully these tools would be needed later to assist fishermen pulling Small Congers into the boat. [I wrote "hopefully" because at this point is not guaranteed that anybody will catch any fish. Nevertheless, everybody seemed very optimistic] ..... :)
There's nothing like a dish of fresh fish. The Conger every body's eating now is very savoury not only because it's a really fresh fish and also because it was cooked by a good Chef, but also because it was fished by the very same team, pure amateur fishermen, that went out to the sea on the previous night and, on top of that, it is now being enjoyed locally on the plate among several friends and its relatives. That was a perfect set of a memorable weekend. ----- The End -----
It's now time for some eating pleasure. Finally.
We all are now in the village of Turquel and ready to enjoy the outcome of the previous fishing activity: Conger Dinner.
Zé Manel is chef on duty and Casimiro lends his kitchen and also his restaurant room at Pingo-Doce's snack-bar. Great.
7 sea miles later we were back on Nazaré' sea port. Cool image to see all these yachts at night.
After disembarking and before getting in the cars, details were finalized for the next big thing:
> Conger Team Dinner in Turquel.
Now, everybody goes back home to get some sleep and make sure to bring some appetite for everybody's next major meal.
It's about 3am now. Time to go back, one hour later the combined deal. The trawler's engine is started. We are now going back home. Everybody is tired, specially the amateur fishermen, but there's no way one can take a comfortable rest. Maciel decides to bring some entertainment on board: he starts to sing the popular song "cheira bem, cheira a Lisboa". Nothing like singing a happy song to keep every awake. !!!
Click here to listen: Record.part.1.
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Nazaré, July 2006.
It has been dark night for a few hours now and humidity is already on high levels. Since we all were somewhere in middle of the sea, that humidity should not have been a surprise at all. But it was for myself. I confess I was not prepared for that cold humidity. At this point my senses really miss that warm and comfortable bed I sleep on at home but, oh well, there's still more to go: the returning back to home is set for 2am.
When looking for information about the town of Nazare', one of the first things to do is check out the TURISMO Tourist Information Office. Located right along the boulevard at Avenida Da Rapublica. You will find here information, brochures and if you need to find accommodations in town, they will help you with that too.
Open 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sept. to June
10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. July and August
The traditional feel has definately left this town, but there's still traces of it. Some of the women still dress in all black and this is who'll you will see selling fruit and nuts along the main avenue. Be careful that you buy from the ones who cover their products with some cheescloth. Those that don't are prone to seagull attacks!
If you stroll along a certain stretch of the main street, you can still see the old fashioned way of curing fish. There they're all laid out on racks drying in the sun. Be warned that it does smell (it IS fish!)
Fishing small conger is not an easy job !!!
The fishing hook kept being hooked to the rock formations below the sea level. Thus, fishing lines were breaking all the time.
I experienced the enormous patience needed to fix the fishing lines over and over and over and over again .....
It's very late night - or an early morning day. It depends on the point of view.
For me it's 1 AM and I'm not the only one tired on board. Everybody knows that there's one more hour to go. One more hour at least !!
Our boat seems to be alone on the big empty sea. The night is dark and the humidity level is extremely high. It's very cold as well and a few of the passengers have been seasick for quite while now (thanks God for I was saved from getting seasick myself).
While on the sea, the boat went up and down all the time. It has not had a unique quite moment !! - Anyway, actually it is supposed to be that way: we are on the Sea.
Some of the passengers (count me on this) are now enduring for the returning moment. And for some brief moments I dream about my quite & warm bed at home. Gosh !! - Definitely, fishing is not an easy job. :)
While on board José Manuel Duarte explained that Small Congers are mostly nocturnal feeders.
José Manuel also said that Small Congers do usually live in natural reef or rock cavities and wait for the night to come out for chasing food.
Thus explains the reason why it was already over midnight by then and we were still above Cabeço dos Pocinhos, which is located 70 metres below sea level and 7 miles off the coast of Nazaré.
It was a cold night and humidy levels were extremely high on board. I couldn't imagine myself doing this on a regular basis and started thinking on how tough is the life of any regular professional fisherman. Definitely, it's not a easy job.
Finally we started seeing some Small Congers being brought into the boat.
Once in a while there's someone that calls out "PUXEIRO", which is a request for assistance for someone to come by with that particular tool that is used to pierce the fish and also to pull it in.
In total 7 Small Congers were catch.
- Only 7 Congers !!!! - Definitely this night wasn't a good one !! - Some amateur fishermen almost called this enterprise a disaster :) ... just kidding ...
Some nice specimens were catched anyway and fishermen should by then be thinking already on the Conger dinner to come.
While on the boat fishermen stand looking into the open sea without talking to each other for long periods of time.
On the boat I realized that sometimes I had spent periods of almost an hour without doing any sort of conversation to the person that is right next to me !! Odd thing I would say !!
Actually, fishermen are very focus on their activity. The open Sea gives everybody a calm sensation of peace and, I guess, it also provides some interesting moments of individual meditation.