54 Days at Sea — Heading back via the Azores


Ponta Delgada, Azores

After two days in Lisbon, it was time to head for another Portuguese port of call, but this one was days away. We left Lisbon on May 4, began our return transatlantic crossing, and stopped three days later in Ponta Delgada in the Azores.

Ursula posing by a cute Aixam Scouty

This Portuguese destination has at least one thing in common with Lisbon. Decorative tile-work:

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Ponta Delgada, Azores

The buildings are also quite similar to what we’ve seen elsewhere in Portugal:

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Of course, this wouldn’t be Old World without the obligatory fortress:

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Now let’s take a look at some other sights here in Ponta Delgada:

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Fun Photo Friday — 54 Days at Sea, Lisbon favorites 3


Gone Fishin’

Following today’s Fun Photo Friday, I’ll be rerunning some of my Christmas Season articles, including two humor pieces, how to photograph Christmas lights (three-part series), and some Christmas light photo series. Look for a return to the 54 Days at Sea series on December 31, when we’ll begin the transatlantic crossover back to the U.S. with a stop in the Azores.

Lisbon Fun Photo Friday #3:

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54 Days at Sea — Lisbon; Santo Justo


São Jorge Castle

There is in Lisbon a very special lift (elevator, for you bloody yanks). This is the Santa Justo lift, designed by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, a student of Gustav Eiffel.

Santa Justo Lift

The lift is in the historic Santa Justo district, and the views at the top are great:

View from Santa Justo

View from Santa Justo

View from Santa Justo

Approaching the Santa Justo district will take you past some pretty awesome sights, such as the façade of the old Eden Teatro, a cinema that opened back in 1931. The façade remains, but behind it now the Orion Eden Hotel:

Eden Teatro

To the left of the Eden Teatro is the  Hotel Avenida Palace, built in 1892:

Hotel Avenida

And standing in front of both is the Monument to the Restorers, situated in the Praça dos Restauradores (Square of the Restorers):

Monument to the Restorers

One final Lisbon street scene for today:

Lisbon, Portugal

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