India ~ Chennai, Goa, Delhi

With fashion designer and writer Wendell Rodricks (right), his partner Jerome Marrell (left), model Charmaine Shackleton, and Sophia posed too.
After Sri Lanka I flew north to

Sri Lanka V

Kites at sunset over Colombo's Galle Face green.
Last year my extensive trip around the island hit the key destinations. (See my highlights here.)  But I'm still infatuated with Sri Lanka so

Rhône Valley ~ France

Château de Grignan, a medieval castle turned into a Renaissance palace, on the hilltop above the little village of Grignan and its lavender fields.

Goals:
  1. See the south of France

Cabo Verde

Sunset on Cabo Verde's Fogo Island.

After exploring three Canary Islands, we left the EU and flew much farther south to the country of Cabo Verde, our final Macaronesian archipelago.

Canary Islands

Moss-covered laurel trees and geranium at Garajonay Park in La Gomera.
The Canary Islands are officially, in Spanish, "Islas Canarias" or informally just "the Canaries."

Madeira

The most spectacular view in Madeira was of the Ponta de São Lourenço.

Like the Azores, the Madeira archipelago is an Autonomous Region in Portugal and also has fewer than 300,000 residents.

Azores

One of many arresting Azores vistas on São Miguel island.

We visited the most populated four of the lush green nine islands of the Azores. Each was unique but all had several great things in common:

Macaronesia


Until last year, I'd never heard the word "Macaronesia" to describe the four clusters of islands in the eastern side of the North Atlantic.

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