We had a great time walking around Boston today. What a walkable City.
We walked around the state capital.
And checked out the Freedom Trail sites.
We stopped for a lunch of clam chowder and fish and chips.
Finally we made sure to visit the Make Way for Ducklings statues.
We started the day off eating American food at a well know American Restaurant.
As those of you who know me will recall, I am an avid genealogist. So I had a wonderful time today researching in the New England Historical Genealogical Society Library.
While I was researching Duke toured the Massachusetts Capital.
This afternoon we flew from Ponta Delgada to Boston. So we are back in the USA.
This morning before going to the airport we walked along the shore and visited the fort and military museum in Ponta Delgada.
Wednesday morning we retrieved our car from the hotel parking and set out to explore the west part of São Miguel. Lucky for us it was a sunny day and the visibility was good. We did a bit of hiking.
São Miguel is a volcanic island. We stopped at an overlook to see the Sete Cidades lakes in the volcanic crater. The volcano last erupted in the 1400s.
From Sete Cidades we drove down to the north coast.
We stopped in the village of Mosteiros to have the local specialty, octopus.
WE drove back along the coast to Ponta Delgada
Today was a bit of a rest day. We didn’t get started exploring the east part of the island until afternoon. And then it was foggy and rainy. These pictures are at the lookout over Lago das Furnas. All we could see was fog.
In the village of Furnas we saw the upside down house.
Nearby we had a bit of traffic.
Finally we did see Lagoa das Furnas and decided to call it a day
Our hotel in Ponta Delgada overlook the harbor. We have had fun “directing” harbor traffic.
Duke did inquire at the tourist information office and at the front desk what this ship from the Ivory Coast was unloading. The people all looked at him like that was a crazy question. I guess not everyone feels harbor traffic control is a necessary task!
For dinner we had another familiar meal.
This morning as we were eating breakfast in our hotel in Ponta Delgado a Brazilian three mast tall ship was entering the harbor. It tied up at the dock in front of our hotel.
Across from the Brazilian ship a Portuguese Navy search and rescue ship was tied up. They were giving tours so we got to go aboard and the chief engineer gave us a tour.
This afternoon we drove up into the mountains to see Lagos do Fogo.
Then we stopped to see the hot springs at Caldeira Velma.
For dinner we found a top rated hamburger place on a narrow street away from the harbor. My first hamburger in two months tasted wonderful.
This morning we parted ways with Roger and Gayle who we have been traveling with and having fun with for the past two weeks. They flew home and we flew to Lisbon. We had a several hour layover there so we caught the Metro into central Lisbon.
We ate the Portuguese treat Pastel de Nata and coffee
We walked around a bit. Then we sat on the main square and had some lunch.
About 4:00 pm we headed back to the airport and caught an evening plane to Ponta Delgada in the Azores where we will be exploring until next Thursday.