Azores

São Miguel Island: Lagoa do Fogo and Ribeira Grande

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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 are trying to go down that path:

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There is another path on top of the crater:

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Chandra and Marek, we think it will be an amazing spot for you. And look who is very happy on this island:

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On our way to Ribeira Grande we were able to see a geothermal plant: the complex of silver-painted structures that supply the island in geothermal energy. Geothermal energy is heat energy generated and stored in the Earth. (Thank you Google!)

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And now the second largest town on São Miguel – Ribeira Grande. This is a very busy town with much more traffic.

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Portugal is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fatima. Pope Francis will visit Fatima in May this year.

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Another gorgeous church:

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with Senhor dos Passos:

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Ribeira Grande’s architecture is typical of São Miguel; it consists of buildings made of basalt, with original windows and decorations.

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Look what they sell in a typical hardware store:

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Everywhere you look on São Miguel, there is a reminder that you are on a volcanic island:

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And now, something good to eat – bean soup with Azorean kale, sopa de feijão:

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5 Comments

  1. Christina
    March 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm — Reply

    Oohhh! Love those tiles in the Hardware Store! Absolutely love the scenic views from this part of the island.

    Enjoy,
    Christina

  2. Bozena Stoch
    March 16, 2017 at 9:09 pm — Reply

    Radek bardzo zadowolony. :)
    I jeszcze przepiekna architektura.

    • March 17, 2017 at 4:46 am — Reply

      Tak, troche go ten wyjazd odprezyl. Dzieki.

  3. Angie
    March 17, 2017 at 9:06 am — Reply

    Hi my dear friend what beautiful pictures I feel like I am there. Angie too. Have a great time viva aos Acores!

  4. Angie
    March 17, 2017 at 10:26 pm — Reply

    Lagoa do Fogo was my dad’s favourite place to see.
    xox

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