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22nd March 2018

P.S.: Tile composition photo
When I first saw your thumbnail, I thought this was a tapestry. How did they do it?
22nd March 2018
A fancy tile inside the chapel

Beautiful
I cannot wait to see a lot of this in Lisbon. Reminds me of Chinese and Turkish sources, and Dutch tiles, not to mention English and early American table service.
22nd March 2018

Eating and drinking
7:30 is early for dinner. In Spain and its colonies (e.g., Buenes Aires with its wonderful beef), often people don't even begin dinner until 10:00 pm! Also, when I was in a more remote town, I tried to address the coffee problem by buying one of those electric kettles, but prices started above $30. So now it's on my list of take-alongs when I go off the beaten track.
22nd March 2018
Inside the Convent of Sao Francisco

Amazing
I wonder where all those valuable and heavy materials came from and who suffered to get them there. When I was in Lima, the wood was brought from central America, the gold of course was local, but the ceramics, etc. came from Spain, to decorate not only the churches, but the aristocrats' homes. Even their stables looked like palaces, too. Yes, it's awesome; it was meant to be.
22nd March 2018
Panoramic Angra

I wish I knew how to take panoramas like this
I wonder if my camera does.... It's the only way to give a sense of the beauty of the landscape, or seascape as the case may be.
22nd March 2018
Fort remnants

Looks like some of the mainland forts in "Sharpe"
A BBC TV series I am watching. It also is getting me in the mood for my trip to Portugal in June. It's lightweight, but I'm picking up some vibes on Napoleon and history we get little exposure to here. That is why I am enjoying following your blog. (You've done a great job in spite of the app's shortcomings.) Also, your experiences bring back some of my own, like the difficulty of hiking on volcanic islands for us lowlanders!
21st March 2018

Good luck in Boston!
Everything's shut down here--but that's Washington. Jordan is thrilled--it's her first snow day this year, and on her birthday! Your Azores adventure sounds fascinating, and I've loved the blog.
From Blog: Last day
20th March 2018

Viewpoints
The views from the top look a little like Ireland. If the weather was better today maybe tomorrow it will be nice enough to go whale watching.
20th March 2018

Views
Today it looked like you were in an entirely different place. A small island but varied scenery.
19th March 2018

Also. . . Cows
I also like to see cows driven down the road. That's something we saw on the Camino.
19th March 2018

Ireland
I've never been to Ireland, but again, I agree with Dave--especially where those cliffs overlook the sea.
18th March 2018
Lunch

Circling
Other than the tile roofs it looks kind of like Ireland in some places.
18th March 2018

Circling
If it rains again you can drive the circle in the opposite direction to get different views.
18th March 2018

Scenery and dinner
I agree with Dave on how things look. Re dinner hour: You are unlikely to find anything open earlier than 7:30. I've never been to Portugal, but restaurants in Italy often open at 7:30 and are more or less empty for the first hour or so. Spain is notorious for its 10:00 PM and later dinner hours, though this did not much impact us when we were there, as we were on the Camino de Santiago. The pilgrim restaurants catered to a much earlier crowd. Farther north in Europe it might be a tad earlier, but still later than in most of the US.
18th March 2018

Exploring
The town looks very European which I guess it is. The panoramic view could almost be along the Mediterranean. At least by drinking the lemonade you won't get scurvy.
16th March 2018
Deer

Deer
Those are unusual looking deer. You will have to research them. I wonder if they are a species distinct to the Azores.
16th March 2018

A great first day! The real comment this time
I accidentally submitted my comment without making it. The harder-than-they-said hike is something we are very familiar with. Happened to us in Riomaggiore, Italy. But you did it, both of you! It looks very pretty and relaxing--when you are not into serious exercise. What is the time difference from home?
17th March 2018

Time
Its only a 4 hour difference. They have not had Daylight Savings here yet. That happens after we leave. I was afraid I would fall out of bed this morning but I didn't
13th March 2018

Global
Bon voyage! Liz sent me your link and I am as excited about your blog as I am about your trip. I miss TravelPod because it enhanced the experience for me and let others stay in touch. But surprise, surprise, your profile picture looks like a plantation in SC I have visited; is it? I am beginning to think you are as avid a traveller as I am. Anyway, have a good time; I hope to get to some of those islands one day.
13th March 2018

It's Drayton Hall. My very favorite place! This was about as close to TravelPod as I could get but I liked TravelPod better. We leave tomorrow so watch for posts starting on Thursday!
31st August 2017

Coast
It sounds like you had a great time on the coast. The Haystack is one of those things that I could just sit and look at for a long time.
28th August 2017

3 Capes
The views really look nice and I'm sure the photos don't really do them justice. The paper shows Portland as being real hot (101 today, Monday). It sounds like it's much nicer near the ocean.
From Blog: Cape x3
13th September 2016

I really enjoyed your trip. Thanks for sharing. Your mom's friend Nancy McCabe
7th September 2016

Oh yes, Moses and Susan owned George's mom and also owned him I suppose for a bit. I should have clarified that!
7th September 2016

Seems like Congress here in Illinois is never in session.
From Blog: Finale

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