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Calling Cards Azores Style


Originally posted on Travel with Intent:

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The beautiful Azores lie around 1,360 km west of Portugal, 1,510 km northwest of Morocco, and 1,925 km southeast of Newfoundland.  It’s a few years now since I visited, but their stunning beauty (and highly changeable weather) remain etched in my memory.

As do these gorgeous murals in Horta.
Many famous yachting names, such as Joshua Slocum and Sir Francis Chichester have anchored their boats here and it is also a port of call for international regattas. 

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No one seems to know exactly when or why this decorative tradition started, but at some point a sailor visitor to Horta decided to leave behind a reminder of their trip in picture form on the dock wall.

Over the years, many more such paintings followed, so that soon the whole wall was covered and now new paintings cover old ones.  Studying the images and trip details makes a pleasant way to while away your time as you wander around the harbour here.

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Her Name was New York, New York


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Can you remember your first trip to New York?

Originally posted on Beth Natasha:

I’ve just got back from a whirlwind holiday in NYC. It was the first time I had been to the city and I had the most incredible time. There is far too much to talk about just in one post, but I thought I would share some of my highlights of the trip with you.

When we arrived at JFK, we were greeted by a lady in a long red coat. She led us outside where a minibus collected us and we drove towards the city. The traffic was insane. We crept slowly towards manhattan. Until suddenly, we reached a tollbooth…

And then I was surrounded by skyscrapers.

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The sun was shining, and the atmosphere of the city was instant and all-consuming. The buildings seemed to reach the clouds. People rushed around. Cars beeped their horns.

I looked out to see hippies hanging out of windows and glam girls drinking…

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Embracing your inner tourist…


Originally posted on leaveonthewind:

… and tour away!

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Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland. Summer, 2013.

Last week we talked about how to get away from the tourist traps and other areas heavily tourist trodden area and, as promised, this week we’ll be jumping directly into that fray. From “free” to coach tours, to historic places and the sites they hold, to real life traps and how to spot the warning signs.

I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of tours; they are simply not my thing. I’m not sure if it’s a lack of patience for the pace they move at or the people one usually finds on them, but generally I like to wander my own way. My mother on the other had absolutely loves them. From audio tours you can pick up at any major attraction to day long tours where you seem to spend an extraordinary amount of time…

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