Did you know a pineapple takes two years to ripen to maturity? But I'm getting ahead of myself.
More enormous wild hydrangea lining the roads. I felt guilty taking photos while I drove, until I noticed everyone else doing the same thing.
My final stop of the day was one of many pineapple plantations in the Azores.
Getting there was comical. I don't have a European sim card for my phone, so I rely on wifi and offline maps. I mapped the route with Google before I left the wifi at the restaurant.
Pineapples are grown in greenhouses, with their peers at similar stages of development.
Are you hungry yet? They sell pineapple liqueur at the gift shop, and pineapple pastries at the gazebo.
They even have a private collection of pineapple-iana. Cases and cases of pineapple kitsch. I loved it. Is it any wonder Portuguese cowboys known as paniolos went to Hawaii?
Clear skies walking back to the hotel in Ponta Delgada. It's weird to be back in the "big" city again. The streets are incredibly narrow. People tailgate and honk. My hotel is on a pedestrian mall, and all the streets nearby are one way. So parking nearby is kind of a nightmare.
The Hotel Alcides is also home to the Restaurant Alcides. And whenever I mentioned to locals like Antonio and Felipe that I was staying here, they commented on how good the steak was.
The only thing missing from this deeply satisfying meal is the grilled pineapple, which I devoured.