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Playground Earth | Azores | The Romeiros of Sao Miguel
Jim Dorsey

The Romeiros of Sao Miguel

Here on the island of Sao Miguel, 900 miles off the coast of Portugal, the pilgrims are known as Romeiros and their centuries-old legacy is rooted in an all-consuming faith.

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Playground Earth | Good News From | Catching the Blues
Jim Dorsey

The king of tuna

Fish lovers around the world know all too well that bluefin tuna is the king of tuna. Prized for its rich taste and buttery texture, bluefin has no rivals.

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Jim Dorsey

The kids are alright

On a bright sunny afternoon, after five months of waiting, a new beginning was celebrated with the farm’s goat giving birth to two sweet kids, one male and one female.

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Playground Earth Stay at Troy's Barn
Jim Dorsey

Our stay at Troy’s Barn

Staying in a barn may not be everybody’s cup of tea. Even if it is in England.

However, staying in a renovated sheep barn that has been converted into a cozy studio with a large, comfortable bed, full kitchen, bathroom with a shower and tub might just change your mind.

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Playground Earth | Azores | Fruits
Jim Dorsey

Spring has Sprung

The surrounding hills and valleys are blooming with reckless abandon. Gorse is everywhere, with its brilliant yellow flowers as calla lilies flourish out of damp, grassy meadows.

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Playground Earth | Azores Help
Jim Dorsey

Help, Help

This morning brought sunshine with the usual chorus of birds urging us to wake up and get outside. We were oh-so happy to comply…Help, Help is just the funny story of a normal day in the Azores.

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Playground Earth | Spain | Virginia the Umbrella Lady
Jim Dorsey

Victoria the Umbrella Lady

Victoria, an energetic, passionate woman nearing her 80?s runs a small market kiosk in Santiago de Compostela keeping an old world craft alive.

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Playground Earth | Furnas
Fernanda Dorsey

Live and Learn in the Azores

Do you need a car in the Azores. Yes. Live and Learn in the Azores covers our story about how we tried to move around using buses but we ended up renting a car.

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Playground Earth | Sete Cidades View
Fernanda Dorsey

Sete Cidades

Armed with maps for all the must visit hikes and viewpoints, as well as bus schedules, we made our first excursion a hike near Sete Cidades.

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Playground Earth | Azores | We Landed
watergirl

We Landed in the Azores

The weather report promised a nice sunny day and our 2-hour flight from Porto was smooth and pleasant. However, once we We Landed in the Azores the sky turned gray and stormy.

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Playground Earth Travel | Appreciating the Caledonian Canal
Jim Dorsey

Appreciating the Caledonian Canal

Our time spent experiencing the Caledonian Canal gave us a greater understanding and appreciation for why it is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest waterway engineering projects ever accomplished.

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Sprout & Co.
Jim Dorsey

Discovering Sprout & Co.

While spending time in Dublin, Ireland we discovered Sprout & Co., a farm to bowl (and wrap) chain that farms, and supplies, their own produce.

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Playground Earth | Travel Story | Sawers Belfast Market
Jim Dorsey

Sawers Market

Sawers is a family owned business established in 1897 that prides itself on stocking an extensive range of quality foods from around the world.

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Playground Earth | Train Travel | Fort William to Glasgow
Jim Dorsey

Fort William to Glasgow Train Ride

Thus began our day as we departed from Fort William to Glasgow on a nearly four hour journey by train through the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Scotland’s first National Park.

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Playground Earth | Foods & Markets | Fish Lover's Dilemma | Fresh Salmon
Jim Dorsey

A fish lover’s dilemma

There were once eight fishmongers in the Victorian Market where Duncan Fraser still does business. Today, Duncan Fraser is the sole survivor.

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Playground Earth | Glenturret Distillery | Water of Life
Jim Dorsey

Savoring Scotland’s Water of Life

There are many things in this world that I cannot legitimately lay claim to knowing much about. A toe-in-the-water knowledge of whiskey would be one. but we learned something while Savoring Scotland’s Water of Life.

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Edinburgh Castle | Image by Walkerssk
Jim Dorsey

Edinburgh Castle

The whole of the United Kingdom, as well as many parts of Europe, are dotted with mighty castles and fortresses, all with their own amazing tales to tell. In Scotland however, there are few castles with the storied history that the 12th-century Edinburgh Castle can lay claim to.

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