Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Azores

I was first in Ponta Delgada about 50 years ago. We stopped in to refuel when the Destroyer I was on in transit to Europe participate in NATO Squadron exercises. We had a few hours shore leave and wandered around the town for a while. I remember thinking that all the walkways, made in geometric patterns with white and black stone could only be  constructed in a place with access to a good deal of cheap labour.

We flew in yesterday on our way home. Azores Air somehow messed up our reservations and bumped us from the connecting flight. As compensation they put us up on a hotel in Ponta Delgada, ground transportation and meals included. We fly out at 4:00 this afternoon.

The town is on Sao Miguel the largest and most populated island in the Azores. It was first settled by Portuguese fishermen in 1444.

We wandered around getting our bearings and came across half a dozen men putting together a fishing net. An old craft but now done with polyfilament not cord. We wandered around the harbour and watched the fishing boats and the sea birds.

More of that this morning then home

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