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Playground Earth | Lagoa do Fogo
Hikes & Walks

Lagoa do Fogo Hike

On a cool February day with radiant blue skies we took the drive from Ponta Delgada to the Miradouro da Lagoa do Fogo.

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Travel Destinations

Bordeaux

Situated on the Garonne river, Bordeaux is the epicenter of the famed wine growing region and a fascinating city to discover by tram on foot or by river taxi.

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Playground Earth | Pico do Vara Summit
Hikes & Walks

Pico Do Vara Hike

Exceptional weather beckoned us to summit Pico da Vara, the highest mountain on the island of Sao Miguel

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Playground Earth | Garden Party Furnas Lake Forest
Travel Stories

Garden party at Furnas Lake

Today we had the good fortune to spend the afternoon with our hosts, the Camara family, along with some of their family and friends and enjoy a garden party at Furnas Lake

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Hikes & Walks

Mata-Jardim Jose Do Canto

For months the Mata-Jardim Gardens have been closed due to COVID19. We had the chance to enjoy this Valley of the Ferns and waterfall totally alone.

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Playground Earth | Peixaria Almeida
Food & Markets

Fishing at Peixaria Almeida

Peixaria Almeida fishmarket, on the north shore of the island, is a fish lover’s dream. Once we discovered it we became weekly regulars!

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Playground Earth | Herdade do Anan?s Hotel
Hotels & Resorts

Herdade do Ananas Stay

Herdade do Ananas boutique hotel just outside Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel. Our stay on a pineapple plantation!

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Playground Earth | Azores | The Romeiros of Sao Miguel
Travel Stories

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 | Sao Miguel | Tea Fields
Good News From

Serendipi-Tea

First stop was the overlook at Salto do Cavalo. The second-highest peak on the island.

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Playground Earth | Azores | Japanese Cedar Bark
Good News From

Japanese Cedar Stripping

Thirty feet and a thousand pounds of pencil straight Japanese cedar recently came crashing down in the woods near our cabin. It sounded like thunder but there was no storm.

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Playground Earth | Good News From | Catching the Blues
Travel Stories

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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Playground Earth | Good News From | Furnas Swing
Good News From

In the swing of things

Today brought sunshine after another night, and morning, of heavy rain with strong winds. Several trees are down and many of the meadows near the lake have turned into small lakes. The local ducks appear overjoyed with all their temporary aquatic options.

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Travel Stories

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
Travel Stories

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 | Good News From The Azores | Mama Goat
Good News From

Waiting on the kids

Of the three remaining goats at the farm (two others went to ?market?) one of them is expecting within the next 2-3 weeks. We are keeping a daily vigil as she is getting quite big.

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Payground Earth | Azores | Some like it hot
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Some like it hot

Between weeding the various beds and investigating what could be harvested for dinner that evening I came across several deep red chili peppers.

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