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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, the Azores: and then (finally) home!

February 11, 2013

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It was a relatively short ‘hop’ from Faial to Sao Miguel, the largest of the islands in the Azores Archipelago, which was accomplished overnight, so we arrived early in the morning of Saturday 9th February. This is prime dolphin and whale-watching…

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Horta, Faial Island, the Azores

February 10, 2013

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We arrived at Horta, capital of Faial Island in the Azores on the afternoon of Friday, 8th February, after five days at sea, crossing a fairly benign Atlantic from Barbados. Faial is one of the nine islands that make up the Archipelago of the Azor…

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Bridgetown, Barbados – and farewell to the West Indies!

February 7, 2013

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We arrived in Bridgetown, Barbados on Saturday 2nd February. This is our last port of call in the West Indies before starting our homeward leg across the vast Atlantic. After Barbados we can look forward to (!) five days at sea before arriving at …

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Castries, St Lucia, West Indies.

February 6, 2013

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We arrived at St Lucia in the morning of Friday 1st February after an overnight cruise from St Vincent. One of the Windward Islands, it was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, the first European colonisers. They signed a treaty with …

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Kingstown, St Vincent, the Grenadines

February 5, 2013

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We arrived at Kingstown, St Vincent early in the morning of Thursday, 31st January after an overnight cruise from St George’s, Granada. The island is the largest of the Grenadines, technically part of the Winward Islands, which are themselves part…

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Granada, “Spice of the Caribbean”, and spicy gossip!

February 4, 2013

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Continuing my travelogue of our epic cruise from Tilbury, to the Amazon, the West Indies and the Azores (and ultimately back to Tilbury). I should be writing about our experience in Granada, where we arrived on the morning of Wednesday 30th Januar…

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Iles du Salut, French Guiana (Devil’s Island..and Papillon has gone!)

January 29, 2013

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We made a brief (half-day) stop at the Iles du Salut on Monday 28th January.The Îles du Salut (in English: Islands of Health, so called because the missionaries went there to escape plague on the mainland) are a group of small islands of volcanic …

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Letter From The Amazon: Parintins and the Boi-Bumba Festival

January 26, 2013

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From Evernote: Letter From The Amazon: Parintins and the Boi-Bumba Festival We arrived at Parintins on Wednesday 23rd January. Parintins is situated on the southern bank of the Amazon River in the largest river archipelago of the mid-Amazon, on th…

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Boca da Valeria

January 23, 2013

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From Evernote: Boca da Valeria The tiny village of Boca da Valeria sits at the confluence of the Rio da Valeria and the Amazon. This remote and primitive Indian village of 75 inhabitants is surrounded by the great rain forest of the Amazon, and is…

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Santarem – a real taste of the Amazon

January 20, 2013

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From Evernote: Santarem – a real taste of the Amazon We arrived at Santarém at 7.30am on Saturday 19th January. Even at this early hour the temperature was edging 30C, and projected to rise to 36C later in the day. It was also very humid. Santarém…

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