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Monday, June 5, 2017, 23:07 | 1 Comment »
Garage in Vila Franca do campo

The haggis is one of Scotland's favourite foods. Have you ever heard the story about how the Scots catch one?

If you haven't, click here.

Monday, June 5, 2017, 22:08 | 1 Comment »

A street decorated with lights in Vila Franca do Campo

Street decorations! These were the first indication that something was going on in Vila Franca do Campo on the island of São Miguel. One of the greatest delights of Portugal is arriving in a town to discover a 'festa' taking place. It's happened to us unexpectedly many times before and the night we arrived on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores it happened again. We settled into our hotel, the converted and renovated convent of St Francis, ( and then headed out for dinner.

To see what we found, click here. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 22:09 | No Comments »

The cloister of the Convento de Sao Francisco

Of course, it all depends on the kind of place where you like to stay when you're on holiday. Do you want a restaurant, a bar and a tennis court on hand in a spanking new hotel with a name you feel you can trust because it belongs to a well-known chain? If so, on the island of São Miguel you may wish to choose the Pestana Bahia Praia Hotel right on the sea front at Praia de Água de Alto.

If, however, you prefer a simpler hotel with character and an air of history, perhaps you would like to come with me a couple of kilometres further down the coast road to the Convento de São Francisco in Vila Franca do Campo.  

To learn more, click here.

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 18:08 | 2 Comments »

Panoramic view of Sete Cidades Blue and green lagoons

No, I haven't reverted to 1960s hippydom – well, only a little bit. "Way out" is a simple statement of fact. If you take a plane and head due west for a couple of hours from the approximate latitude of Lisbon or Setubal, you'll eventually come across the islands of the Azores, far out in the Atlantic Ocean.

They are, though, 'way out' in the language of a hippy, too. To find out why, click here.

Monday, May 8, 2017, 12:13 | No Comments »

A second hand car with a sign saying 'diesel slug'

We pass by this second-hand car lot most days of the week. The car in the middle, which seems to have been there for ever, never fails to raise a smile. Somehow we are always pleased that the "Diesel Slug" has never been sold. "Ah," we think, "The clever Portuguese have never been fooled by diesel. They have always known it's a bad thing. Thus the name they've given this car!"

To find out what the sign really means, click here.

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