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April 21, 2012

Day 8 of Voyage and finally reach land!

sunny 75 °F
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4/21

Greetings from the Azores. We closed the Mid Atlantic Ridge under beautiful blue sky’s and glass calm seas yesterday and arrived at the green island of San Miguel, Azores and the city of Ponta Delgrada. There are many islands in this archipelago and some volcanic activity under the sea as a new island is forming not to far off shore. A lot of thermal hot springs around the island but we visited the west end of the island and concentrated on the twin lakes next to the village of Sete Cidades. Incredible nice day and the lakes are next each other with one a beautiful blue and the other green. Wonderful natural beauty and quaint little villages with steep slopes on ancient volcanoes covered in cedar and pine. They grow sugar beets, tobacco, pineapples and tea along with some lumber. Sadly, pretty high unemployment hear but not as high as their parent country Portugal. Bought a very cool wind shime carved from local wood and will look and sound great in our patio and was very cheap. We left the island just before sunset to the town waving us goodbye. They don’t see mega ships like our very often and was awesome to hear there shouts and whistles as we glided out of the picturesque sheltered harbor and felt the familiar roar of the engines and great wake of the ship I have grown so used to for the past eight days. The sunset was the most beautiful since yesterday ! I can’t wait to share the breathtaking pictures I have worked hard to compose for all of you. Venus is still directly behind the ship and bright as ever tonight and got some great pics with the sunset, the island and Venus all in the same shot.
I got smart and bought 100 internet minutes for $50 instead of paying by the minute at $1 for each minute. Have 88 minutes left so that should last me for the last 3 days at sea then free high speed internet at hotel in Barcelona so will be able to post more pics for you all and I have about a 1000 to chose from now !
Pretty tired so will close for now but will be on daily now with fresh pics and brief posts. Thanks for everyone for the kind words for my trip and the loss of our dear cat just be l left. Love and hugs to all,

Marco Polo

Posted by marksrtw 15:25 Archived in Portugal

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