I’m off on vacation folks. Three weeks of Portuguese sun, beer and fish. You see, the Portuguese LOVE their fish. Not the fresh kind though, they prefer their fish treated. Either dried and salted or canned. I prefer mine fresh.

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish
The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Lamp made from empty fish cans hangs from the ceiling at the Lisbon Restaurant Can & Can in downtown Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Can & Can restaurant chef sets out sardines with eggplant preparing to serve in downtown Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Can & Can restaurant chef prepares canned sardines with eggplant and cherry tomato serve in downtown Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Fish cans are displayed on a shelf at the Can & Can restaurant in downtown Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Waitress walks past a display of canned fish at the Can & Can restaurant in Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Old fish cans and tools to open them are seen on a shelf at the Conserveira Nacional shop in Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Women work at the Ramirez fish canning factory in Leca da Palmeira. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Woman packs fish cans while a costumer leaves the Conserveira Nacional shop in downtown Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Cans filled with cod fish in olive oil and garlic are seen at the Ramirez factory in Leca da Palmeira. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Woman stacks fish cans at the Conserveira Nacional shop in Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Virginia Ferreira talks with a customer at the Conserveira Nacional shop in Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Machado, director of the Ramirez fish canning factory, shows what he says to be the oldest Portuguese fish can in the country in Leca da Palmeira. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Virginia Ferreira wraps up fish cans at the Conserveira Nacional shop in Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Fish cans are displayed at the Conserveira Nacional shop in Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

A man walks past a door painted like a fish can in a narrow street in Setubal. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Sardine pins are displayed for sale at the Conserveira Nacional shop in Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

A man walks past a door painted like a fish can in a narrow street in Setubal. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

A man walks past a door painted like a fish can in a narrow street in Setubal. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish
The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

A customer walks by fish cans at the Loja Portugueza in downtown Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

An employee dressed in traditional clothes at Loja Portugueza shop shows old fish can designs in Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Women work at the Ramirez fish canning factory in Leca da Palmeira. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

New fish can designs are displayed at the Loja Portugueza shop in Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Old fish can designs are displayed at the Loja Portugueza shop in Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

New and old fish can designs are displayed at the Loja Portugueza shop in Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

New and old fish can designs are displayed at the Loja Portugueza shop in Lisbon. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

Fish cans are seen at the seaside in Ericeira. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS

The Portuguese Love Canned Fish

A combination photograph shows three doors painted like fish cans in Setubal. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/REUTERS