A Day In Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada, on the island of San Miguel (Azores) is a favorite stopping point for Transatlantic cruises. We tried to visit it in 2010 on the Equinox, but bad weather prevented our ship from docking in the tiny port behind the breakwater. Maria and I finally got here with the Infinity in 2013. This was Dave and Sarah’s first chance to visit the town of Ponta Delgada so we made the most of it.

A couple of small freighters were in port with us.

TheĀ  early morning clouds were breaking up and it looked as if another fine day was in store.

On the starboard side we could see the town in the morning sunshine.

Once we got off the ship and headed down to the old town, we were able to see the Jewel from the land for the first time in a week.

The city gates mark the entrance to the town of Ponta Delgada.

Next door is the 16th-century church of Saint Sebastien, with its bell tower.

A view inside the church proper.

Following our church tour, Maria and the kids did some souvenir shopping.

We then carried on to visit the Convent of Our Lady of Hope.

Inside the Convent is the famous statue of Lord Christ of Miracles, which was given to the nuns in the 16th Century by Pope Paul II. The statue is processed through Ponta Delgada on the 5th Sunday of Easter.

We visited yet another nearby church – the lovely Sao Jose. All of these places date from the 16th/17th century.

Then a different sort of cannonical moment – outside the fort of Sao Bras.

The original fort was built in the 1550s to protect the town from pirates and it is still used by the Portuguese Navy as a base. Did not see any pirates around, so it’s still working I guess.

Time for a break after all this history.

On the way back we discovered a play area which the kids had to try out.

Teddy seems thrilled with the slide – Not!!!

Susannah on the other hand….

While the kids were playing, a couple of horses dropped by.

We didn’t have time to swim with the dolphins though. It was time to get back to the Jewel. Next stop, Gibraltar.

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