Anthony Borges Gardens

Tuesday September 16, 2014


While we’ve been sitting here waiting out a weather window and a few other things in the works that I can hopefully share with you shortly (like information on a new boat in Florida!), we’ve actually been trying to get ourselves off the boat everyday for errand running or even mindless wandering. The weather still hasn’t been great, lots of gray skies and sliding into fall temperatures, but normally the sun will pop out for an hour or two in the afternoon and we take advantage of that to get off the boat.

Since we aren’t always museum people, especially if everything is in another language, we normally take advantage of appreciating town squares, gardens, and architecture that is anything but the little suburbanite subdivisions we’re used to back home. Last week on our way back to the boat late in the afternoon we came across a garden that would have been fantastic to spend an afternoon in with a blanket, a book, and a picnic basket full of goodies (including wine, of course). But it was too late in the afternoon that day to give it the full attention it deserved and haven’t had a full sunny or warm day to get back to it since.

A few days ago I was getting a little stir crazy on the ‘Dip and talked Matt into going back to the park with me. We knew the sun would be a little hit and miss so we weren’t planning on spending all day there. After trying to retrace our steps backward of when we had passed it the first time, it was a lovely afternoon walk through the town until we stumbled on the familiar front gates and walked inside. We were also entering Golden Hour and the whole scene was beautiful. I whipped out my camera to start capturing the moment…only to realize my memory card was still sitting in my computer back at the boat. Ugh.

It was still a beautiful afternoon though and we wasted no time beginning our tour of the grounds.  We walked past the parents sitting on benches and watching their children play on a playground, past a mini bamboo forest with benches that would have been the perfect spot to camp out for an afternoon, past this ginormous tree with really knarly roots that come up to my chest, to a set of caves that were placed next to a small pond.  We have no idea why these little caves could be here, they definitely looked man made and not natural to the area.

By a light shinning through at the other end we could tell that the caves actually led somewhere and Matt didn’t hesitate to wander in to see what was on the other side.  That was, until we both heard a high pitch chirping noise and he came running back out, almost diving back into the fresh air, sure that a colony of bats would be chasing after him.  As soon as I picked myself up off the ground from laughing, we began to throw stones at the ceiling inside, making sure nothing was lurking and waiting to destroy us.  There was nothing of course, but that didn’t stop him from sending me in first the second time around.

At the other end we found a grotto with a few more caves that didn’t lead anywhere and had been gated up.  For reasons why, we have no idea.  It honestly looked like they may have had wild animals in there at some point.  Possibly a scare tactic to remind children to behave out in public areas.  ‘Oh honey, I know you’re upset that I left your cookies at home, but if you throw a tantrum I’ll be forced to bring you to that bear over there, and he doesn’t like crying children and will swallow you whole’.  Just a theory.

Since we weren’t planning on staying all afternoon we slowly wandered from area to area, taking in the serene beauty, and promising we’d be back soon.At the end though I was still so depressed that I hadn’t been able to get any of it on camera that I did the only thing I could think of.  I waited until the sun came out again today and then left Matt back on the boat to devour information on what I hope to be able to share with you in a few days, and went back to the park with my camera to make sure I could capture it in case that sunny day in the park never comes around.

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 Oh, and since I had a coin purse full of Euros and no prying eyes on me of how they might get spent, I may have also made a stop at the mall a few blocks away for a little ‘on-sale’ shopping.  Like my new shirt and shoes?  🙂

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3 thoughts on “Anthony Borges Gardens

  1. Hi Guys,

    We have been busy moving onto Cream Puff and haven’t check in with you for a little while. After catching up on the blog, a few things:

    I keep trying to subscribe via Feedburner but get this message: The feed does not have subscriptions by email enabled

    Sorry about the boat. When we were hunting, we had a couple of beauties get away from us but the one the really mattered became ours. You never know what the future holds.

    I read the post regarding insomnia. I suffered for years and finally found a simple trick. I loaded some podcast of things like “Old Time Radio Detectives” or something similar. When I want to fall asleep, I get into my sleep position, close my eyes and put one ear bud in and start to listen to a show. (Audio books work as well). I never make it to the end. Usually the first 10 minutes is all I get. The next night I will try to pick up where I left off, and so on. Listening to the shows take my mind off whatever is making my brain race. If I wake up during the night, I reach for my iPod which I keep under my pillow. If it doesn’t put me back to sleep, I’ll get up. But, getting up is a lot rarer now. I hope this helps. Good luck – I know how frustrating it can be.

    Regarding youngster like you too taking over the ocean, we’re glad to see people realizing there is more to life than material things. So glad you are out here.

    With best wishes.

    Mark and Cindy – s/v Cream Puff

  2. Mark and Cindy,
    Thanks for letting me know about the feedburner. I was hoping I had that fixed, but I guess not. I’ll have to look into it a little more.
    Great tips on the insomnia and listening to book recordings, we’ll have to try that out! Although, maybe not until after our crossing since we tend to listen to podcasts and books and such on our nightshifts and we don’t want to associate those with sleeping!, haha. But once we get back to Florida and internet (which is when the insomnia seems to be the strongest) we’ll have to give that a try.

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