Well, here I am in the Azores; an absolutely beautiful group of islands in every way possible. Beautiful weather, very moderate climate, gentle people, safe, good food, and great services – It has a European sophistication, in a very quiet way. It is part of Portugal!
There are 9 islands in total, and you have to fly between most of the islands.
I am 4 hours by plane from London and I think about 2 from Lisbon, so out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. I think I may have found …..Betty’s Mountain Top….as described in an earlier blog, this place fits all the criteria, but finding a place to rent for long term isn’t easy; the locals make a lot of money from tourists staying for few days.
Prices are very good, but the minimum wage is low, the young people choose to stay here for the quality of life, they realize they have found a pearl in this crazy world.
I am staying at little hotel called The Neat Hotel, which fits its name perfectly, all is compact, but it works …
We also experienced a hurricane for one day, strong winds and waves crashing over the sea wall, they put a notice up in the hotel about what to do but everyone was calm and cool.
I can’t say enough positive things about this place, of all of my travels, this place goes close to the top, if not the top.
But, the very best news is MY BOOK, IN SEARCH OF SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE…WE HAVE A PUBLISHER!!!
FISHER KING PUBLISHING
A UK BASED INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER!!
I am just thrilled!
How this came about, I was asked to be the guest speaker at the Cambridge Rotary Club, my friend Jenny, a fellow writer had introduced me. I spoke about my travels and mentioned my book, a gentleman came up to me after my talk and said he may know of a publisher.
We were introduced, I traveled for 3 hours on train to Leeds to meet Managing Directer Rick Armstrong, we got along brilliantly, and I have now signed an agreement.
So, thank you John for the most wonderful introduction!
We are looking at a late spring publishing date, they are looking at Print, Audio, and Kindle.
We will deliver the completed manuscript by the end of year, and they are also looking at a screenplay for My Way.
This just shows how life can shift very quickly!!!
So we might all go to the Azores 🙂 Sounds GREAT Betty. We will do conscious walking and dancing and all the fun stuff!!!
I have many clients from the Azores, and they all say the same thing. Many do go back to retire, as it is the pearl in the Atlantic!