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The "Green Island", largest with 140,000 inhabitants.
Debbys Breakfast CLICK HERE - to see the buffet.
Deans Breakfast You won't find many free range, orange-yoked eggs in Maine.
Tiny Streets - Tiny Autos Subcompacts are the transports of choice and for all intents and purposes all vehicles are standard shift. I was told that the only automatics were rental vehicles.
Walking Down The Sidewalk
Ceramic Tile Street Signs
Ceramic Tile Church Wall
Okay Views The island has several overlooks. This was a nice one.
9-Passenger Van With Room For Luggage This is sort of the standard tourist transporter.
Gorreana Tea Plantation These are the tea plants of Europe's only tea plantation. You can't see it from this prospective but you can walk between these rows. Click for Drone Video - found online which shows the size of this plantation.
Tea Drum Sorter Oranges were a huge industry on the island until blight struck in the mid 1800s. At that time a number of other crops were tried to replace the orange industry and tea was one of these. It turned out that conditions were perfect for growing tea and in 1883 the Chá Gorreana Tea Company was born. It grows black and green teas and produces about 44 tons annually.
Tea Milling Machines Much of the equipment used here has been here since the beginning. These machines are run with a flat belt pulley system. CLICK HERE - to see them in action.
Starting To Bloom We were a few weeks early for the garden outside the tea company but some flowers were starting to bloom.
In the Tea Plantation Garden
Bubbling Hot Springs CLICK HERE - to see the springs.
Carbonated Mineral Water This is mineral water that is naturally carbonated.
Here Come The Cooks Local restaurants use these hot springs to cook food. CLICK HERE - to see them retrieve the food from these slow cookers.
- meal-cooked-in-hot-springs (2)
Meal Cooked In Hot Springs The 2 ladies at the far end are from MA. The man and woman across from Debby are from continental Portugal and were there on holiday. Paolo, our guide, is on the end.
Meal Cooked In Hot Springs It is very much like a New England boiled dinner.
Holey Mustard Can't think of a logical reason for this hole.
Dog On Precipice Edge This dog belonged to a local vendor selling goods in the parking lot of this overlook. He could not be petted by strangers. If you approached him he would move.
Ancient Tree Near the entrance to the Terra Nostra Garden in Furnas is this tree.
Thermal Tank This pool is about 125' x 225' and is about 104F.
Part of Terra Nostra Garden
Elephant Ear Plants
Sub-Tropical Growth 2
Garden Pond With Koi Fish
Purdy Nice Orchid
- hydrangea (2)
2nd Floor Parachute Platform I'm thinking this wouldn't meet code in the US.
Relaxation After A Long Day The water bottles in the hotel were these rectangular glass bottles which were way more classy than a plastic Poland Springs.
TSA Statement After arriving at our first hotel from the airport I opened my locked suitcase and found this card inside.