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Portugal Day 13: The Mouth of Hell

all seasons in one day 74 °F

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Some pictures of our house in Ponta Delgada. It is three stories, and has very nice common areas. Our room is in the attic and has a very low ceiling, but is nice and comfortable nonetheless.
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A quick breakfast of local pineapple and a toasted bolo lêvedo (basically an English muffin) with jam.
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Our first stop was a mountain with an excellent view, especially of Lagoa do Fogo (lake of fire...but it seems to be full of water.). The fog and mist made it difficult to see some of the view, but it was still wonderful.
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What the Azoreans call a conteira, also called kahili ginger.
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After this we visited a distillery that makes a variety of liqueurs that we were able to try. We were not allowed to take pictures inside, so there aren’t any here.
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Next we visited the Gorreana Tea Plantation, which is one of two commercial tea plantations in Europe, both of which are in São Miguel.
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Around the “factory” and the fields of Gorreana. No one was sorting or processing tea today, but we got to see the machines and the fields where the tea is grown.
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Us in the field.
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Us with Katie in the field.
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Us having some tea, with a mysterious figure behind us.
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Having fun at a picnic in the rain (there were shelters available which we used. Plus, we had the whole place to ourselves.)
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Next, we stopped at an old aqueduct that is no longer used. We weren’t sure when it was built, but it was fun to climb to the top of it!
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Another viewpoint: Boca do Inferno (the Mouth of Hell). It doesn’t look particularly hellish at the moment.
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Sete Cidades is named for the legend of the Seven Cities (which is related to legends such as Atlantis, Hy-Brasil, etc.), but really has no cities, just a small village and some beautiful lakes. It was around this time that Catherine and her cousins started discussing the idea of pooling our money and buying a house here.
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We went swimming in this piscina, which really means swimming pool but here seems to imply a place near the ocean that is set up for swimming. The water was somewhat cold, but it was still an incredible experience. It really felt like the ultimate wave pool. EEE35487-BD0D-484E-B721-C617E24F5712.jpeg
We had a great time.
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A São Miguel street scene.
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Dinner was at O Galego, said by some to have the best steaks on the island (though our tour guide, whose brother-in-law owns a restaurant, thought otherwise.) Neither of us eat a lot of beef, but we both got our steaks well-done and they were in fact enjoyable. For some reason, in the Azores steaks are served with a fried egg on top.
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For dessert, the waiter asked if we would like chocolate mousse or pineapple. Daniel took this to mean that we had the choice between chocolate mousse and pineapple mousse, and ordered the chocolate. Catherine correctly ordered pineapple, which proved to be simply half a pineapple on a plate. After dinner, we met a lot of our group and the other group (Don, Marcia, and Dominic) at Doris Bar by the marina. We had a wonderful day and can’t wait for Faial tomorrow.

Posted by danielcatherine 17:39 Archived in Portugal Tagged food marina tea guide swimming tour egg steak plantations azores pineapple piscina ananás ponta_delgada são_miguel boca_do_inferno doris_bar Comments (1)

Portugal Day 11: Hoje, Ananáses!

(Today, Pineapples!)

semi-overcast 74 °F

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Today we flew from Lisbon to São Miguel we were all on the same flight, so we had to try to trade seats to sit together. We were able to, but Katie and Anthony were not.
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Catherine happily using the people mover while we trudge along on the ground.
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Adeus, Lisboa!
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Olá, Açores!
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Catherine and Anthony minutes after setting foot for the first time in their ancestral islands (although Anthony’s grandparents were really from Faial, not São Miguel.)
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Some pictures of the plants around the house where we are staying. There’s even a banana field in the back yard, but none of them seem to be ripe right now.
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The Casa de Fruta Empire is vast indeed.
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Actually, we are at the Arruda pineapple plantation.
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The pineapples are grown in whitewashed greenhouses.
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Some pictures of the pineapples at their various stages of growth.
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A statue of the founder of the plantation, and one of some kind of allegorical bromeliad royalty...
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There are fish in the water tanks, probably to fight off mosquitos.
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A pineapple cat, most likely named Ana. It’s even orange like an ananás.
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Some pictures of the snack stand, where you can get all kinds of pineapple treats. We got pineapple juice, pineapple cake, pineapple liqueur, pineapple white snow, and of course, cut pineapple.
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We went back to the house, then walked to the restaurant where our reservation was already made. Some pictures of the streets of Ponta Delgada as we walked to the restaurant.
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Anthony, his brother Gary, and his brother Joe.
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The first course: lapas (limpets). Neither of us really care for sea food, but we resolved to at least try it. It wasn’t too bad: very lemony and garlicky (probably due to the large amount of lemon and garlic on them).
We did skip the octopus, leading to the charge that Catherine says she’s adventurous but she’s not.
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Pineapple cake was less difficult to eat.
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Catherine’s brother, Fr. Michael, and their Uncle Gary.
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Catherine’s cousin Justin and his girlfriend Madeline.
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Catherine’s Uncle John and Aunt Terri.
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Catherine’s cousins Ryan and Nicole.
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Ryan’s father-in-law Manny, and Manny’s daughter Jill. Manny was born on Faial.
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Us.
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The entire group.
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The streets at night.

Posted by danielcatherine 03:15 Archived in Portugal Tagged family dinner pineapples azores ananás lapas limpets ponta_delgada you_say_you’re_adventurous_but_ Comments (4)

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