Still in Horta
04 July 2007
Sad day today seeing Dave and Wally leave by taxi for the airport. We will miss them. As many of you know, Wally has a great knack of meeting more people than you would think possible. So many, in fact , that when we entered a bar or walked down the dock in the last day or so, people would be calling out his name. It's fun to be along for the ride. We ate last night at a new restaurant that served the food raw at the table and then placed small, very hot rocks on a tray in front of you so you could cook your own. It was both unique and delicious.
Two days ago we rented a car and drove around the island (60km) It is beautiful farmland , much like the Gaspereaux Valley in NS during the peak of the summer-but with stunning views of volcanic peaks and cliffs. The land is very lush with mixed fields or farm produce, dairy cows and thousands of flowers. Many will know how lupines line the roads in NS in summer: here the road and the fields and the hills are covered in beautiful blue hydrangeas, but in far greater profusion than our lupines.
Two more Canadian boats have arrived from Nfld and Toronto, that makes about 8 of us here at the moment. I think we have pretty good representation per capita.
Bonnie and I will take a couple of days to regroup and then we will probably sail to Sao Jorge- known for its lovely scenery and delicious cheese . We plan to remain in the Azores until the 3rd week of July, when Al and Rob (and possibly Nancy Lewis) will join us for the passage to northern Spain.