The Great Travel Adventure: England 2

This week’s photos come to you from the beautiful city of Salisbury. A lovely place and a city I could easily swap for Sydney. We meandered through Salisbury with Ray’s two sons and their families on our first visit there and again on our last full day in England, where we also discovered the beauty that is the Salisbury cathedral. What an amazing structure! 

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

A lovely little house that I spied on the outskirts of the Salisbury Cathedral close.
A lovely little house that I spied on the outskirts of the Salisbury cathedral close.
Autumn in all it's glory!
Autumn in all its glory!
The magnificent Salisbury Cathedral; I was in awe of this beautiful architecture!
The magnificent Salisbury cathedral; I was in awe of this beautiful architecture!
One of many a stain glassed window of the cathedral.
One of many a stain glassed window of the cathedral.
Part of the magnificent ceiling
Part of the magnificent ceiling.
The cloisters...
The cloisters…
Just lovely, I thought...
Just lovely, I thought…
Where William Goulding taught.
Where William Goulding taught.
A wee bit skew ;-)
A wee bit skew 😉
Looks nice and warm in there.
Looks nice and warm in there.

See you next week! 🙂

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The Great Travel Adventure: England 1

We arrive…in England! I just adore this country and when we were there (now pardon the cliché here) I felt a sense of belonging; that England is meant to be my homeland… Weird? Maybe. But to me it felt as if I were home. The people are lovely, friendly and so polite and charming. England boasts a beautiful countryside and the Autumn leaves gave the streets a charming feel. I adore the history of this country and fell in love with the magnificent architecture.

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

The River Avon; where we went on our first full day in England with Ray's lovely daughter-in-law and sweet little Myla, Ray's grand-daughter whom he had never met.
The River Avon; where we went on our first full day in England with Ray’s lovely daughter-in-law and sweet little Myla, Ray’s grand-daughter whom he had never met.
A house along the road that runs along the river...
A house along the road that runs along the river…
Some typical English homes with the thatched roof.
Some typical English homes.
Lord's Walk; a beautiful, relaxing place to walk, taking you along the river path and up to the grassed walk lined with lime trees, with occasional opportunities to sit and contemplate...
Lord’s Walk; a beautiful, relaxing place to walk, taking you along the river path and up to the grassed walk lined with lime trees, with occasional opportunities to sit and contemplate…
Part of the Amesbury Abbey, possibly the gatehouse.
Part of the Amesbury Abbey, possibly the gatehouse.
A row of shops in Salisbury, not too far from Amesbury.
A row of shops in Salisbury, not too far from Amesbury.
A thatched house we walked past often in the two weeks that we stayed in Amesbury with Ray's son, daughter-in-law and grand-daughter. A very pleasant stay indeed :-")
A thatched house we walked past often in the two weeks that we stayed in Amesbury with Ray’s son, daughter-in-law and grand-daughter. A very pleasant stay indeed :-“)
Autumn in England; love it!
Autumn in England; love it!
A lovely, moody kind of day as we walked across a farmer's land (a short cut to the park).
A lovely, moody kind of day as we walked across a farmer’s land (a short cut to the park).
Lovely Autumn greenery...
Lovely Autumn greenery…

The Great Travel Adventure: São Miguel 6

The following photos were taken on a day our friend, Marco took us on a drive to Furnas and back to Ponta Delgada. We were again treated to some magical sites that this wonderful island has to offer. If you EVER have a chance to go to São Miguel, please do…

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

Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of the island. Tragedy struck by way of earthquake and landslides in 1522.
Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of the island. Tragedy struck by way of earthquake and landslides in 1522.
Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Paz (The Chapel of Our Lady of Peace) is located on top of the Mount of Our Lady of Peace.
Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Paz (The Chapel of Our Lady of Peace) is located on top of the Mount of Our Lady of Peace.
A little peak of  lagoa das Furnas (Lake Furnas). Furnas is a civil parish in the municipality of Povoação, the parish is one of the largest in the island and in the Azores.
A little sneak peek of Lagoa das Furnas (Lake Furnas). Furnas is a civil parish in the municipality of Povoação, the parish is one of the largest in the island and in the Azores.
Several fumaroles and mud pools are located at the northern part of Lagoa das Furnas. People cook what is called cozido, a dish consisting of pork, beef, lamb, chicken, sweet potato, carrots and yam. All ingredients are put in a pot which in then put in a canvas bag, lowered into the fumarole, which is then covered. The food is left in there for four to six hours; unfortunately we didn't get to taste this dish but Ray guarantees  me it is YUM!
Several fumaroles and mud pools are located at the northern part of Lagoa das Furnas. People cook what is called cozido, a dish consisting of pork, beef, lamb, chicken, sweet potato, cabbage, carrots and yam. All ingredients are put in a pot which is then put in a canvas bag, lowered into the fumarole, which is then covered. The food is left in there for four to six hours; unfortunately we didn’t get to taste this dish but Ray guarantees me it is YUM! 🙂
Geysers and hot springs in the centre of Furnas.
Geysers and hot springs in the centre of Furnas.
A house near the geysers and hot springs, I loved the moody look of this image...
A house near the geysers and hot springs, I loved the moody look of this image…
One of the hot springs up close, but not too close...they are hot!
One of the hot springs up close, but not too close…they are hot!
The gorgeous Lagao das Furnas...
The gorgeous Lagao das Furnas…
A tea plantation at Gorreana, on the north coast of the island.
A tea plantation at Gorreana, on the north coast of the island.
The north coast of São Miguel, facing east.
The north coast of São Miguel, facing east.

I do hope you enjoyed São Miguel; we certainly did and I consider myself very lucky to have witnessed such a magical place on this beautiful earth.

Next week we are in the very beautiful England! See you then 🙂

The Great Travel Adventure: São Miguel 5

This week I bring you photos from our absolutely AMAZING day trip to Sete Cidades and  Lagoa do Fogo, via Ribeira Grande. Sete Cidades is a civil parish in the centre of the municipality of Ponta Delgada, that is likewise located in the centre of a massive volcanic crater approximately 5 km across, also referred to as Sete Cidades. The smallest parish by population (although largest in area), Sete Cidades’s population was 858 (2001), in an area of 19.22 km² (its density is 44.6/km²). 

What we witnessed on that day was magic and something that will stay with me forever…

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

The view of Lagoa Azul...
The view of Lagoa Azul, at Sete Cidades.
...and here we see both Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde
And here we see both Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde
Lagoa de Santiago, a lake a little past the first two.
Lagoa de Santiago, a lake a little past the first two…paradise.
We had lunch in Ribeira Grande, a lovely town and we experienced delicious food at a restaurant chosen by the tour guide.
We had lunch in Ribeira Grande, a lovely town, and we experienced some delicious food at a restaurant chosen by the tour guide.
A look out at Rebeira Grande gave me this magnificent view of the ocean and moody sky.
A lookout at Rebeira Grande gave me this magnificent view of the ocean and moody sky. In the distance is Sete Cidades.
We stopped at the Caldeira Velha waterfall...
We stopped at the Caldeira Velha waterfall…
...such a peaceful quiet.
…such a peaceful quiet.
We spotted this feral kitty :-)
We spotted this feral kitty 🙂
Then we were driven to Lagoa de Fogo...
Then we were driven to Lagoa de Fogo…
...where we took in this beautiful scene. I will never forget these magical places.
…where we took in this beautiful scene. I will never forget these magical places.

Join me next week for Furnas! Our friend, Marco took us for a wonderful drive to another volcanic crater 🙂

The Great Travel Adventure: São Miguel 4

Rainy day images.

We experienced a few wet days on the island, but that certainly didn’t dampen our spirits… We simply sat and enjoyed coffees, strolled along the avenida, marina and down some lovely little side streets… Never boring in Ponta Delgada 😉

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

A good book and a cigarette...
A good book and a cigarette…
...don't forget the espresso!
…and don’t forget the espresso!
An opportunistic little sparrow ;-)
An opportunistic little sparrow 😉
Time to reflect...
Time to reflect…
Strolling along the marina.
Strolling along the marina.
We were undercover!
We were undercover!
The view of the marina from Baía dos Anjos (a bar/restaurant), where we enjoyed a beer.
The view of the marina from Baía dos Anjos (a bar/restaurant), where we enjoyed a beer.
Droplet.
Droplet.
Happy plant!
Happy plant!
After the rain.
After the rain.

See, rainy days CAN be fun! 🙂