Once we finally reached Faro in the Algarve (about a 3hr drive from Lisbon), we went straight to Ria Formosa for some oyster picking with quite the dreamboat as our captain. Ricardo took us under his helm and dubbed himself my “Oyster Prince,” and so began a fairytale day that could only happen in the Algarve. Honestly, don’t barf yet… in the moment, with the breathtaking view, fresh fleshy oysters in your hand accompanied with champagne, and a Portuguese Fabio carrying you over the water, you would utter the words “fairytale” too, okay?

In pictures, here’s how Day 1 in the Algarve unfolded:

BABY OYSTERS ARE IMPORTED FROM FRANCE AND MATURED HERE FOR 1 YEAR

BABY OYSTERS ARE IMPORTED FROM FRANCE AND MATURED HERE FOR 1 YEAR

CAUGHT A SEABREAM IN THE FIRST 5-MIN (I MUST HAVE A TV HORSESHOE UP MY ASS BECAUSE OUR FIXER SAID THAT THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED ON A SHOOT BEFORE). NBD. 

CAUGHT A SEABREAM IN THE FIRST 5-MIN (I MUST HAVE A TV HORSESHOE UP MY ASS BECAUSE OUR FIXER SAID THAT THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED ON A SHOOT BEFORE). NBD. 

CATCHING THE SEA-BREAM WAS EASY. HOLDING IT ALIVE, NOT SO MUCH

CATCHING THE SEA-BREAM WAS EASY. HOLDING IT ALIVE, NOT SO MUCH

FAROL ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

FAROL ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

VIEW OF FAROL ISLAND FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE

VIEW OF FAROL ISLAND FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE

220 STEPS TO THE TOP OF THE LIGHTHOUSE

220 STEPS TO THE TOP OF THE LIGHTHOUSE

CLAMS COOKED IN OLIVE OIL, GARLIC AND PARSLEY

CLAMS COOKED IN OLIVE OIL, GARLIC AND PARSLEY

BROILED PRAWNS FRESH OFF THE BOAT

BROILED PRAWNS FRESH OFF THE BOAT

SARDINES IN GARLIC AND OLIVE OIL

SARDINES IN GARLIC AND OLIVE OIL

MOJITO AND CAIPIRINHA ON THE BEACH

MOJITO AND CAIPIRINHA ON THE BEACH

FAREWELL TO MY OYSTER PRINCE

FAREWELL TO MY OYSTER PRINCE

NOSOLO AGUA SUNSET BEACH PARTY IN FALESIA BEACH IN VILAMOURA

NOSOLO AGUA SUNSET BEACH PARTY IN FALESIA BEACH IN VILAMOURA

LET THE FIST PUMP BEGIN...

LET THE FIST PUMP BEGIN...

ALBUFEIRA

ALBUFEIRA

Not pictured but greatly notable is "medroinio" also known as a firewater shot. It doesn't burn but it'll definitely leave you hot and not-so sober.

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