The Great Travel Adventure: São Miguel 3

This week we visit two beautiful gardens in Ponta Delgada: Jardim António Borges and Jardim José do Canto. The walk there from our hotel room was a mere 10 minutes through the lovely streets of the small city. We enjoyed a very special and peaceful walk through the gardens, the sun was out and it was a beautiful day. However, things changed as we were nearing the end of our visit and the sky opened up; it came pouring down mid-photo! One of those very memorable moments 😉

Do have a look  at my husband Ray’s website: http://www.rayscam.com/

This magnificent specimen belongs to the aloe family...
This magnificent specimen belongs to the aloe family…
A yucca plant; quite common on the island.
A yucca plant; quite common on the island.
A close-up of part of a strilizia regina (otherwise known as 'bird of paradise).
A close-up of part of a strelitzia regina (otherwise known as ‘bird of paradise’).
Up the stairs we go!
Up the stairs we go!
Pretty lily...
Pretty lily…
A statue of the man who created the gardens; José do Canto.
A statue of the man who created the gardens; José do Canto.
Poinsettia close-up.
Poinsettia close-up.
A fountain in the bright sun...
A fountain in the bright sun…
...as the water splashes down.
…as the water splashes down.
Hydrangeas are also very common on not only São Miguel, but all of the islands of the Azores.
Hydrangeas are also very common on not only São Miguel, but all of the islands of the Azores.

See you again next week! 🙂

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The Great Travel Adventure: São Miguel 2

On this particular day we decided to take the bus about 6 km out of Ponta Delgada to Livramento and walk back, via Pópulo. Ray lived there in a little cottage for about a year during his 18 month stay on this beautiful island. It was a wonderful day; a little sentimental and emotional for Ray, and one I will remember! 

Do have a look  at my husband Ray’s website: http://www.rayscam.com/

After we got off the bus, we took a walk to the beach (where Ray used to live) in Pópulo. I saw this lovely sight on the way...
After we got off the bus, we took a walk to the beach in Pópulo. I saw this lovely sight on the way…
Part of the beach at Pópulo.
Part of the beach at Pópulo. You can see part of the cottage through the trees to the left of the photograph.
Waves crashing.
Waves crashing.
The church at São Roque, as we walked back to Ponta Delgada.
The church at São Roque, as we walked back to Ponta Delgada.
The little beach at São Roque.
The little beach at São Roque.
Our foot prints in the sand on São Roque beach.
Our foot prints in the sand on São Roque beach.
A promontory we came as across in São Roque.
A promontory we came as across in São Roque.
A lovely vantage point from here!
A lovely vantage point from here!
I took this near the yacht club as we were coming back into Ponta Delgada.
I took this near the yacht club as we were coming back into Ponta Delgada.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s instalment… See you next week, when we will visit some gardens 🙂

The Great Travel Adventure: São Miguel 1

And here we are on the beautiful island of São Miguel. And what a place it was! I have never been anywhere more beautiful or magical and I loved every minute of the 7 days we spent on this magnificent little island 🙂 Feast your eyes on some beauty for the next 6 weeks!

Do have a look  at my husband Ray’s website: http://www.rayscam.com/

Igreja São Pedro (church) on the main road which was called the Avenida Infante Dom Henrique.
Igreja São Pedro (church) on the main road which is called the Avenida Infante Dom Henrique. We spend lots of  time on the Avenida with it’s lovely cafés, restaurants and views of the marina and ocean.
The city of Ponta Delgada as seen from Portas do Mar  (the new international cruise liner terminal.
The city of Ponta Delgada as seen from Portas do Mar (the new international cruise liner terminal).
The marina.
The marina.
An amphitheatre at  Portas do Mar.
An amphitheatre at Portas do Mar.
One of the many lovely little streets with outdoor cafés.
One of the many lovely little streets with outdoor cafés.
Portas da Citade (the city gates).
Portas da Cidade (the city gates).
Azulejos (the name of the traditional Portuguese tiles.
Azulejos (the name of the traditional Portuguese tiles) under a window on a building; very common here…
Igrejia São José (church).
Igreja São José (church).
Castelo São Braz ~ the fort that was build to defend the harbour.
Castelo São Braz ~ the fort that was built to defend the harbour.
Curves and lines.
Curves and lines.

The Great Travel Adventure: Lisbon 3

Such a shame we only had a few days to ‘do’ Lisbon; you need a good few months! But we did well with the little time we had and our last trip into the city from our hotel was to Castelo de São Jorge (Castle of St George). It  was a steep climb to the castle, as we meandered through
the narrow streets of  beautiful Lisbon, but well worth the huffing and puffing! 😉

Lisbon is a place I would definitely love to see more of…many one day, I will.

Do have a look  at my husband Ray’s website: http://www.rayscam.com/

The entrance to Castelo de São Jorge.
The entrance to Castelo de São Jorge.
A lovely view of the Baixa, with the River Tagus in the distance.
A lovely view of the Baixa, with the River Tagus in the distance.
A cannon on the ramparts looking out over the Baixa.
A cannon on the ramparts looking out over the Baixa.
The inner castle.
The inner castle.
The two towers belong to the Paróquia de São Vicente de Fora church and the single dome is the Panteão Nacional, the National Pantheon.
The two towers belong to the Paróquia de São Vicente de Fora church and the single dome is the Panteão Nacional, the National Pantheon.
Back to the inner castle at a different angle
Back to the inner castle at a different angle.
Looking over the Alfama district.
Looking over the Alfama district.
Heading back along the lovely cobble stoned pavement.
Heading back along the lovely cobble stoned pavement.
One of the many narrow streets of Lisbon.
One of the many narrow streets of Lisbon…love these little streets; ever so charming.
A little restaurant opposite the castle.
A little restaurant opposite the castle.

 

This brings to an end the lovely historical Lisbon… Next week we are off to Ponta Delgada! See you there 😉