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Looking at another place to maybe go for vacation next year. Guests told us about a place near where they used to live. Looked up the website. This is under the payment options:

We are sorry but we cannot accept checks, money orders, credit card or flowers as forms of payment.

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Well, my town is the Paris of our county. Except for the size and the language and the food and the class. We have a nice new water tower that kind of looks like something Eiffel might have approved of.

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Is there some reason the island where Maddie might go someday on vacation is a secret?

It's like Jon today talking about his recent vacation without naming the place. Hints came out. Somebody drove the strip there once. They have casinos. Scantily clad women leaving little to the imagination. But never could come out and say he had been to Salt Lake City!

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I really wasn't thinking about the secret factor. Just commenting on some of the different things I found on this one website that give an indication of what you might experience.

You know, like how you can tell what sorts of problems any place has/had by their policies?

I didn't really expect anyone to try to figure it out and certainly didn't expect it would be that easy!

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Madeleine wrote:

I didn't really expect anyone to try to figure it out...

You don't know us very well, do you Eye-wink

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Well, there were hints, like the fact that I cruised to there, twice on transatlantic cruises. It also only gets flights from two cities in North America, Boston and Toronto, where the ex-pats live.

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Jon Sable wrote:

Well, there were hints, like the fact that I cruised to there, twice on transatlantic cruises. It also only gets flights from two cities in North America, Boston and Toronto, where the ex-pats live.

During the main tourist season (mostly summer), you can get direct flights from SF to Sao Miguel.

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And then there was this famous flight... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Transat_Flight_236

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Cool...a happy ending.

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

Cool...a happy ending.

Yeah, that's why I never heard of it blush

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The Hawaii of the Atlantic

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Oh please!!!

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Geologically, they are very similar: both are chains of islands in the middle of an ocean produced by volcanic activity as the tectonic plates move over "hot spots" in the Earth's mantle. There is active volcanism at the SW end of the Azorean chain, just as in Hawaii.

Granted, their climates and human histories are somewhat different.

FWIW, I am not the first to draw the analogy. Those of you in Hawaii should be flattered -- I would guess there is a reason we don't call the Hawaiian islands the "Azores of the Pacific!" wink

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Just a sassy moment- they share many similarities

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Google can be your friend -- not too many places that don't accept flowers as a form of payment wink

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Harborfields wrote:

Google can be your friend -- not too many places that don't accept flowers as a form of payment wink

 i googled that and can't find it ... but i'm real curious.  maybe madeline doesn't want us to crash her vacation (i can't possibly, so no worries here) 

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seashanty wrote:

 i googled that and can't find it ... but i'm real curious.  maybe madeline doesn't want us to crash her vacation (i can't possibly, so no worries here) 

The Azores.

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The Azores are super popular with the Brits.  When I flew from Manchester, England to Spain on one of the British airlines, there were tons of cheap flights to those islands.  In fact, I was talking to a couple in the airline lounge who were headed there.  You'll encounter a lot of English speaking people.  Eye-wink

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Oh!!! Didn't know anything about the Azores, but just looked online and looks absolutely breathtaking.  I hope you do go and have a wonderful time (and meet someone who takes flowers as payment wink)

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 flowers!  flowers?  smiley

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OK, reading more...

There are a variety of ways to get to the inn. One of them is to take public transport, which may not follow the same route as the car directions or, apparently, the day before. Thus:

You can also arrive by bus but be aware that the bus may get there by a different route. Just tell the bus driver that you want to get off at the church.

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You are going to a very small place, things are very slow and different. I've been there twice. BD and I have spoken about it a few times. 

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Have you stayed on this particular island? Kind of looking forward to something completely different!

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Oh, I know where you're talking about. I LOVED IT THERE!! I want to go back, and for an extended period of time. It was a full day stop on a cruise I took earlier this year. If you are interested, I have the name of a private guide who was fabulous and took us all over for a very reasonable price. My maternal relative all came from there and another nearby island). B&B are just starting to happen on the main island. As Jon said, it's laid back. Friendly. Another world.

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I've been on cruises that have stopped there. One time for two days and once for a single day. It's beautiful. Oh and Sunday... is VERY quiet.

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I have to make sure we don't go during Easter. We tried that here in NM and nothing was open.

But, yes, it looks beautiful.

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We were in Seville for Semana Santa (Easter). Look it up.... don't go. It was crazy. And somehow seeing a lady dressed in a mantilla, smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer from a bottle seems to have ruined that beautiful image forever. 

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