Our Trip to Europe April-May 2013

By Pete Grant
with the help from Lynda, Bobbi, and Dave

And now, we go tour Ponta Delgada and much of Santa Miguel island, a part of the Portugal's Azores.

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Lynda shivering in the cold wind, waiting for our tour guide and vehicle to arrive.
Waiting for the tour guide
At least Lynda is trying to smile in spite of the cold hard-blowing wind.
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Finally, the tour guide arrived and let Lynda go inside the semi-warm van.
(and Bobbi and me too)
As usual this time of the year, the fog ruled the world .. or at least The Azores. The first 45 minutes of our tour we visited places where the fog was so thick we could not see the target and didn't bother taking any photos.

Then, the fog began to lift, we were back in business.
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A lake below us
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And to boot, the wind was really blowing as can be seen in the girls' hairs.
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Just a house with a lovely garden
 
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This is unusual. I thought they had fear of heights. Yet, here they are standing on a not so wide wall.
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Well, I guess the drop-off on the other side wasn't very far, after all.
 
Ok, girls. Wave!
 
 
 

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View from an overlook on a mountain road.
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Another overlook view

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A rather beautiful church in a small town where we stopped on our tour of the Azores.

As many of you know, Lynda likes to photograph flowers and plants. Here's a few from those around the Azores

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Azores sea shore
Azores sea shore


The next place on our tour was Caldeira Velha National Park.(See TripAdvisor comments about this park.) On the way to the park we stopped at a view point; here's a couple photos:

Azores sea shore
Looking South
Azores sea shore
And looking North

And now we enter the Caldeira Velha National Park.
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Warning sign
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The boiling pond.

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Lynda photographing this wonder of nature
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And testing the water to ensure it really is boiling.

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The water fall.
The main attraction of the park was a water fall which had a pool of water at over 80F.
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Lynda tested the water temperature.

On the way to our lunch, we stopped at a tea farm where they not only grew the many varieties of tea plants, but also made and packaged tea to the markets. Here are two photos of the farm. Note on the left photo the size of a person carrying a sack. It serves as a comparison to the size of the farm fields. (You may have to click for a larger image to see the sack-carrying person.)

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Our lunch place
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And wine was served, of course.

And that was the end of our tour, more or less. All we had left to do was to ride back to the ship where we enjoyed some more wine (in addition to a wonderful mystery dinner theater -- but more on that adventure on the next page.