Hotel Ponta Delgada
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... be off to explore.
The one thing that all the islands seem to have in common is blue hydrangeas. They appear to grow wild, in hedges high up in the hills and are quite beautiful. An unusual sight for us as they are very hard to grow in English gardens unless your soil is alkaline!
In a few days I will be flying back to England whilst Peter and the boys take White Rose back to the Mediterranean. It will give me a chance to visit family, and get some Marmite to take back!!!
Today was our first port after 6 days at sea. We are in
Ponta Delgada, Azores, off the coast of Portugal. The weather is very overcast,
rainy, and misty with a chance of sun. (While maybe not while we’re here). We
took a tour to a pineapple greenhouse. That is how they grow them here. Very
interesting, but wet. They had your typical tourist shop, with the typical
... goods at one store around $70-$150 (it differs by country) you can get the tax back on what you paid. But it has to be goods from one store and you need that store to give you a special form . That form plus receipt gets submitted to customs first and then u go to special counter to get money back (taxes u paid) . U need to be able to show customs what u bought so do this before u check in bags . I just did this ...
... earthquake leveled this part of town and the Marquis Pombal rebuilt it quickly and practically. All the buildings are uniform, designed to withstand earthquakes in the future. It's the one area in Lisbon I am not worried about getting lost in!
After the tour I met Wayne at the hotel and we took off for the Alfama, a completely different part of town topped by a castle and full of very crooked streets and no ...
That was the first thought of the morning. 'The boat isn't moving anymore...LAND!!!!' After four sea days in a row, I got the feeling of being an explorer. And I can't say I loved it. With nothing around for miles and miles and ocean for days on end...despite having no shortage of things to do on board, it got a little tedious. But then we arrived here!! An oasis in the middle of the North Atlantic!! And what ...