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São Miguel Island: Lagoa do Fogo and Ribeira Grande

Hello my friends, we are now in the central part of the island and this is one of its most scenic places: Lagoa do Fogo. It is a caldera with a lake at the bottom. The caldera walls are steep, but there is a path to the bottom. Here we …

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São Miguel Island: Gorreana tea plantation

Let us begin with a very unusual traffic jam. If it wasn’t for local drivers we would had spent an hour driving behind the cows. There was maybe 200 of them walking on this road. They were not in a hurry. This is what I love about the Azores: tourists …

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São Miguel Island: from Povoação to Nordeste

Hello my firends! I would like to invite you to visit the eastern part of the island. Sometimes you need lots of patience when you drive around the island. Today we start in Povoação and finish in Nordeste. Here is a picture of the map, showing Furnas, the lake Furnas, Vara …

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São Miguel Island: the town of Furnas

Hello my dear blog readers. Thank you for checking this blog regularly and posting some comments. It makes me very happy and motivated to continue this everyday homework. One more post about Furnas and we will visit another part of the island. If you ever plan a trip to São Miguel, …

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São Miguel Island: Parque Terra Nostra in Furnas

Located in the heart of Furnas, this park is one of the biggest tourist attraction in this part of the island. It was originally founded by Thomas Hickling, the American Vice-Consul to the Azores. In 1780 he built a simple summer house and had trees from his own country planted …

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São Miguel Island: Furnas – Senhor dos Passos

Furnas is a charming town beautifully located in a valley, surrounded by mountains. Today, on Sunday March 12, it was particularly charming because of the religious feast of Senhor dos Passos. The inhabitants of Furnas started getting ready for the big procession by decorating altars on its main streets. I …

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São Miguel Island: Caldeiras das Furnas

Hello my dear friends, we are in a beautiful town of Furnas in the Azores. Today we had a chance to go for a very good walk to visit Caldeiras, natural volcanic hot springs where local restaurants and families cook their meals. This is the road that took us there, …

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São Miguel Island: Vila Franca do Campo

Hello my dear blog readers. Here we are in the Azores. The Azores is a chain of nine islands spread over more than 60 0km of ocean, half way between Lisbon and New York. They are regarded as the westernmost point of Europe. They are located 1,500 km from Lizbon …

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Warsaw in Christmas lights

Hello my dear blog readers. Today, I would like to invite you to visit Warsaw, beautifully decorated for the Christmas holidays. This time we will walk along two very elegant streets: Nowy Swiat and Krakowskie Przedmiescie. We have a Mexican restaurant: Frida Kahlo. The famous Blikle Cafe: A white and …

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A Buddhist Stupa in Markham

One can easily imagine the feeling of loss and emptiness that the Buddha’s death had created among his disciples and people who lived near him. His passing had created a vacuum. One way of filling that vacuum was the veneration of his relics. The Buddha’s followers wanted to continue feeling …

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