Legend has it that the Azores are the mountain tops of the legendary lost continent of Atlantis and, I have to say that the volcanic explanation, though magical in itself, palls a little against a lost continent. There is another worldly feel about the Azores with some volcanoes and geysers still active resulting in a moonlike scene.
Ponta Delgada, the capital is self-evidently Portuguese though the islands are 900 miles from anywhere! However, that distance has meant that they have proved a safe haven over the years for treasure ships, whalers in the past and a current safe haven for transatlantic aircraft, yachts and cruise ships.
The day was very misty to begin with but became clearer as we went along. My photos then are mainly volcanic but I couldn’t ignore those glorious buildings!
Next day to Ponta Delgada, Azores, our last port of call before the long, last leg to Portsmouth. “Last” is becoming the in word!
This time the fog, low lying cloud defeated us! The Fire Lake was invisible, as was almost anything else above sea level. But I was in a strange mood anyway as this was my last tour and I have been incredibly lucky with weather throughout this long voyage. The island has 40% geothermic power which gives you an idea of its birth. Small, conical hills – former volcanoes and/or volcanoes that didn’t make it – abound and I’ve tried to give you an idea of how it looks. Walls are everywhere but, unlike the Dales, these are black as they consist of small, medium and large chunks of lava.
I think you’ll see the house I’d love to restore! The buildings throughout the area cannot go above three stories and in many parts of the small towns we visited, there are no pavements. If you want a bus, you open your front door and wait! And, of course, a last photo of Voyager, my home for nearly five months.
This is the “last” circular and the final retrospective is nearly finished. I have English change in my pocket and my wallet in my back pocket for the first time in five months and I dearly hope I can remember the pin numbers for my credit cards! It took me ages to remember that they were called “pin numbers”!