Hotel Vila Nova
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
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Weirdly enough, the name Furnas is pronounced exactly like the device that heats our homes. And it is a main area for volcanic heat on the island. Our day started off in sunshine with clouds. Hurray! First stop was a black sand beach for me to get my feet in the ocean. The water was cold even for hearty Canadians. They do have a number of manmade pools around the island (similar to Australia) for safe swimming. We saw some scuba divers diving in one of the bays today also. ...
Ok, yesterday the weather really sucked. It rained buckets. We took a taxi downtown to do some shopping, but even the dashing in and out of stores didn't save us from getting soaked head to toe. Dried off and settled in to read and relax for the evening. Oh ya, tried a bottle of Vinho Verde (green wine) which is slightly effervescent, dry and really tasty. Today I woke up grumpy as had another sleep deprived night (Debbi too). Coffee sucked again ...
... to go down to clear UK immigration. Seems the British are the only country that bother to stamp your passport. After about 12 countries we finally have one lonely stamp in our passports. I guess we can have lunch with the Queen now when we're in London. Nap this afternoon,and then off to the fitness center. Looking out the window at all that water while on the treadmill, it was really hard to comprehend about 900 miles to the east of us ...
... put a pot of their "stew" on a rope and lower them into these "calderas" and cook their picnic meal. Incredible, really. Tea and pineapple plantations are nestled in amongst cattle pastures and flower fields. Tomorrow we are going to take a full day tour of the island so we can experience all of this and more.
The climate is temperate here all year round as is the sea temperature because of the Gulf winds. One of my favourite flowers is the ...
... practice so hope there will be water tomorrow. As we arrived in La Coruna 2 days ahead of when we should have been in the Azores we will now have 6 days at sea before we get to Antigua, still when the pools open that will give me more time for swimming practice before we get there. Found out about a photo group on board, a light hearted competition is underway so that's something else to do on sea days and luckily I had already planned to try and take some photos around ...