Posts Tagged "Portugal"

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

On April 22, 2016, we reached our last port of call, Funchal, the capital of the islands of Madeira. Situated on a mountainous island, Funchal is a part of Portugal. We rode around the island visiting the Municipal Market and the Flower Market, which is just outside of it. From the harbor part of the city, all buildings and farming rise up on the cliffs. We traveled to Camara de Lobos, a small fishing village nestled in a cove. On the way there were many views out to the sea and of the ragged shoreline. One of the prominent features was a giant rock, Cabo Girao, that rose steeply from the...

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Ponta Delgada, Azores

After 2 days at sea we arrived in the Azores on April 22, 2015, and docked in Ponta Delgada, our last port before heading back to Fort Lauderdale. We spent over night here in this typical Portuguese city with its white buildings with black trim and the ever-present black and white cobblestone streets in many different mosaic designs. The morning of the first day was quite rainy but a rainbow appeared and the rest of our stay was bright and sunny. On the second day we ended this fabulous voyage at the last port with  lunch at the Taberna Acor with local meats and cheeses. The thumbnail...

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Horta, Azores, Portugal

Sunday May 6, 2012 found us anchored in between the islands of Pico and Faial in the Azores. Our port of call was Horta on the island of Faial, where we had to tender into the marina. Arriving on shore we headed toward the South end of the town, along Rua Vasco da Gama to the Fort of Sao Sebastiao. We then headed North past the Church of Nossa Senhora das Angustias, the Fort of Santa Cruz and the Convent of Sao Francisco. We continued along Rua Conselheiro Medeiros passing the Church Matriz do Santissimo Salvador and ending at Praca da Republica. We returned via Avenue 25th of April which...

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Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal

May 5, 2012 found us in the Azores on the Island of São Miguel in the port of Ponta Delgada. It was an overcast day and rain was forecasted, so we started out with our umbrellas ready. We left the cruise terminal, situated right in town, and walked up the hill to the Mercado (Market). From there we strolled Rua dos Mercadores to the City Gates, the Court House and Matriz São Sedastião (Church). We then traveled back to the ship via the waterfront and past the Telecommunication Building, before it started to rain.   Waterfront Telecommunication Building Flower Vendor Matriz São Sedastião...

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Obidos, Portugal

We started to sail up the Tagus River around 9:00 AM on May 2, 2012 on a very rainy, windy and overcast day. We docked in Lisbon on the other side of the April 25th Bridge. We decided to stay on board today due to 40 mile per hour winds and intermittent rain squalls. The next day was still overcast but the wind had subsided. We boarded a bus for a 90 minute ride to Obidos, known as the “Wedding Present Town” because it was a gift King Dinis gave to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282. It rained most of the way there and stopped just as we arrived. We passed under...

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