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Exploring Angra do Heroismo

March 17th 2018
After yesterday's climbing, I was ready to spend the day taking it easy by exploring Angra. However, it's hard do do that when the city is hilly and you want to visit the good spots! We started the day with another good breakfast. Today I sampled the local cheeses (MMMMM!!), a local cake (not so good) and a local English (or Portuguese) muffin with some pineapple jam. I also had fruit, a doughn ... read more
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Portuguese Flag Following its heyday as a world power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence in 1822 of Brazil a... ... read more
22nd March 2018

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.

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