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A voyage from Norfolk pines to Norfolk island in the antipodes, taking the longest path, the lost continent trail and using the city of Ponta Delgada as compass. It includes an extremely important special tour to Cape Europe, Gibraltar

Mature Norfolk Pines, the gates of the "Liceu", the largest high school of the Azores (1), define the skyline (2) of an azure sunrise over the unofficial capital (3) of the European Union province which kept the name of Autonomous Region of the Azores, even after Portugal lost national independence.

It is the largest city between the continental United States of America and the continental European Union. (4)

It is the largest city between North Pole and South Pole in an area delimited east by a south american meridian (of Recife, the easternmost brazilian city, 34° 50' W), and in the west by an african meridian (of city of Praia, Cape Vert Islands, 23° 30' W).

It is the second largest city (after Funchal, Madeira) at the heartland of the lost continent, today a "continent" (5) which, even after being purged from semi-arid parts, still is greater in area than the US and the EU together.

1 - The word Liceu was banned. Instead of two syllables you need now no less than eight to name it: Escola Secundária.

2- Different skyline for different azure waters defined by same Araucaria Heterophylla.

3- Officially the Azores islands do not have a capital.

4- The area delimited in the west by the Atlantic Coast of the US and in the east by the coast of the continental European Union; in the north by the latitude of the canadian city of Halifax, 44° 40' N, which is just a few miles south from the northernmost point of the Atlantic Coast of the US, in Maine; in the south by the latitude of the southernmost point of the continental European Union. (4a)

Extending the eastern border to the continent of Africa, the southern border can be extended until the city of Funchal, Madeira, at latitude 33° N. This adds a few more million square kilometers to the intercontinental area delimited by two parallels where Ponta Delgada remains the largest city.

4a- Now, is that point the line separating Spain and Gibraltar, or is it Cape Europe, the southernmost point of the continent of Europe, 2 km farther south?
A question that you will be able to answer correctly only if you know what to be an independent nation means.

5- Throughout the seven seas, the oceanic subtropical highs are the umbrella for the "continent" of the world's mildest climates, either directly below or by proxies, e.g. their trade winds. Any areas ranked better than Mossel Bay, South Africa, the mildest located on a real continent, belong to this "continent".

In the North Atlantic the inhabited areas of this "continent" are the Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands (Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, the largest city not in a semi-arid area, is smaller than Ponta Delgada).

This "continent" is empty of humans in the rest of the northern hemisphere, i.e. Pacific Ocean between North America and Asia (except for some windward coasts of Hawaii which ironically are close to but actually not in the subtropics; largest city on these coasts is Kailua, Oahu, smaller than Ponta Delgada), in the southern hemisphere between Australia and Africa (except for tiny Rottnest island, not far from Perth) or between Africa and South America.

Finally in the South Pacific, between South America and Australia, where this "continent" covers an area greater than the US, when excluding the city of Noumea, New Caledonia, which ranks below South Africa's Garden Route, not much more people other than the 2,000 inhabitants of Norfolk Island call this "continent" home.

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