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“Life is like an onion; you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.”
(Carl Sandburg)

When I posted my previous photo from Coimbra, I felt so proud that I show something else than the very popular university or view along the river, but then I checked the recent photos from this town, and it seems I chose quite a popular church to show. So here something really unknown, a little square which in my mind will stay as Onion Market although it is called Praça do Comércio. It is a charming square not far away but aside from the main pedestrian street in Coimbra. I doubt many tourists venture there. We found it looking for something to eat. We had lunch in one of the restaurants on this square. When you see the simple chairs, you may not think much of it but I highly recommend it. I have no memory of what I was eating but it was a multi course meal. Huge portions and of amazing quality, every time we thought it is the end there was another course coming and deserts and drinks. And when we asked for the bill at the end, it was such a ridiculously low price that I thought that we didn’t understand something. We paid and we left but we felt really really bad about paying so little for such an amazing meal. In the end I came back to leave there a tip which was probably equal to the price we paid, and it was still so cheap in comparison for example to standards in Algarve.
There were multiple stands with onions around the square. Only onions nothing else.

Source of the text below:
Carl August Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American poet, biographer, journalist, and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was widely regarded as "a major figure in contemporary literature", especially for volumes of his collected verse, including Chicago Poems (1916), Cornhuskers (1918), and Smoke and Steel (1920). He enjoyed "unrivaled appeal as a poet in his day, perhaps because the breadth of his experiences connected him with so many strands of American life", and at his death in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson observed that "Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America."

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