Days 107 & 108 – Wednesday & Thursday, April 22 & 23, 2015 – Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal

We arrived in Ponta Delgada, The Azores, Portugal early Wednesday morning. The weather forecast was for rain, but we again enjoyed another two beautiful days in port. We had arranged for a tour through Cruising Excursions. It was a “small group” tour with no more than 16 persons. It turned out to be only five, the four of us and a Polish gentleman who now lives in Liverpool, England.

We spent two days in Ponta Delgada due to the weather cancellation of Horta, also in the Azores. The city is beautiful!

As we left the city of Ponta Delgada, the largest city in the nine island group, we headed into the mountains to reach an altitude of about 3000 feet. This photo is looking back at the harbor. You can see two ships in port, the white one is a Princess and the white and dark one is the Amsterdam.

The Azores enjoy a temperate climate which borders on tropical. It rains some almost every day and the islands are very lush with vegetation.

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This photo was near the “fire lakes” area at about 2700 feet.

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Our guide Miguel. He did a great job and was a really pleasant person. Unfortunately, Miguel like so many other tour guides we have had over the past few months is highly over qualified for his position. Miguel has an MBA in Economics, but without moving to the mainland there are no job opportunities. He did live on the mainland for a while but missed his island.

Lagoa de Fogo, the lake formed in the volcano caldera.

We then visited Caldeira Velha, a hot spring on the mountain. Being islands of volcanic origin, there is still a great deal of geothermal activity. Although there are current no active volcanoes, there is enough geothermal activity to provide electrical energy to the island and also areas such as this for the people to enjoy.

The ancient giant ferns may be found here.

The public can bath in this naturally heated pool.

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The city gates.

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One of the unique features of Ponta Delgada is the black and white tiled plazas and sidewalks. The patterns are beautiful and varied.

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Janet’s Birthday!

The dining stewards sang Happy Birthday…

And served an incredible Decadent Chocolate Cake.

We sailed Thursday evening and expect to be in Fort Lauderdale in a week, docking on April 30th. Our four month adventure is coming to a close. As much as I have enjoyed the trip, I am ready to be back home and see the family! Unless something really exciting happens, I expect this to be the last blog post until my summary which will probably not be for a few weeks. If you are subscribed to the blog you will receive an email notification, if not periodically check back.

I appreciate everyone’s comments and hope you have enjoyed the journey along with us. I promise to recap the trip, give my final thoughts on the voyage and also answer some questions posed by readers about tours, etc.

Until then, happy travelling…

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7 Responses to Days 107 & 108 – Wednesday & Thursday, April 22 & 23, 2015 – Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal

  1. Patricia Jackson Hughes says:

    Wendell, I have thoroughly enjoyed this blog…it has allowed us to travel vicariously and given us ideas for future trips. Thank you so much for taking the time to do it!

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  2. Mike & Rose Shaver says:

    Thanks for all the hard work and enjoyable photos. We are going to miss the trip around the world also. Will be waiting to hear about the trip live and in person soon. Again, thanks for your posts and photos.
    M & R

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  3. gselden says:

    Thanks for taking the time to Chronicle your cruise. I read, with interest, faithfully every other day or so. I became disappointed when you missed a few days. I enjoyed living vicariously through your travels. We held the fort for you in Soleil. I am sure that you will have mixed feelings once you return.

    Again, thanks, we really Enjoyed your blog.

    Gary and Pam Selden
    547 Appalachian Woods

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  4. I too have enjoyed all of your posts Wendell. It was fun to virtually accompany you on your world cruise.
    Carolyn Norman

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  5. Mima says:

    I really enjoyed reading your blog and looking at all the beautiful pictures. Thank you very much for your posts and taking the time to do them. World cruise is my big dream and when the time comes I hope to make this dream come true!
    Best wishes!
    Mima
    NY

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  6. Gina Crozier says:

    My husband and I religiously followed your blog. We decided to go on the next world cruise in 2017! Please email me if possible. I have tons of questions you can hopefully answer for us. We are very active and it seems like y out and your wife and friends have similar in interests to us.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Gina Crozier

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  7. Peter Galbraith says:

    I spent an entire day today reading this blog. It was very enjoyable. Thanks for writing it. Am considering the 2017 World Cruise on the Amsterdam. I was in Bali on the Rotterdam. The crew member who died surfing was head of bar services. Was there a summary entry as promised?

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