lost Jim this week, returning home to London on Wednesday. He joined us on a few
days’ exploration of the town and the island for which we hired a car, and we
toured around looking for interesting things.
we have said earlier, Angra do Heroisma is a fine place, made up of well-built
and handsome houses that have been well maintained. Other villages are equally
pleasant, and there is a palpable sense of pride in the civic areas: the
squares, the pedestrian streets, the waterfront and the public
the island, the places that Jim found most interesting were the fantastic sea
scapes and anywhere he could swim: we found a fine facility that had been carved
out of the volcanic shoreline, with swimming pools and diving platforms, where
the sea coursed around the jagged rocks. There was almost nobody around, though
the parking areas could cater for perhaps 250 cars, but the weather was cool and
it was mid-week. Jim could not help himself, and given a bit of privacy, he took
full advantage. It was too cool for us….
the “highlands” of the island are on the western side but were sadly covered in
low cloud for much of the week. We found the same phenomenon in the Canaries and
to a lesser extent in the Caribbean: the mountains are often hidden from view,
which is a real shame.
this, we drove up through thick cloud to visit one of the most interesting
attractions, deep underground!
to Vulcan (finally)
this point, we had failed to properly investigate a volcano, apart from viewing
some of the flooded caldera, so it was really interesting to visit one of the
most unusual kinds on Terceira. Apparently there are only 4 “Empty Volcanoes” in
the world, of which this was one: a volcanic cavity that stretched deep into the
mountain but was clear of lava. Normally the craters are full of volcanic
debris, but the lava from the second eruption had slumped back down to leave the
crater free. A very long series of steps had been built into the side of the
crater, and subdued lighting provided.
allowed us to climb down to the bottom of the hole, where there was a fantastic
pool of very cold and clear water. Jim needed to be restrained; otherwise he
would have found it impossible to resist another
are still awaiting the return to normal operation of the travel hoist, to allow
us to lift the boat out of the water. The marina berths here are too vulnerable
to allow us to leave her safely in the water and return home, so we are stuck
until they put it back in commission, and then shift the backlog of boats: seven
want to be put back in the water (which would leave room for us) and seven want
to come out (thankfully small local boats, so still space
this were a busy UK yard, they would clear the backlog in a day, but the island
mentality is that this is just not on, and they will only work at their normal
pace. We will just have to wait patiently till it is our