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Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Azores
September 2, 2010 – 11:03 am | 2 Comments
Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Azores

There are so many great reasons to visit the Azores. With an abundance of beauty, lush vegetation growing from the contrasting volcanic rock, beautiful farmland, a great seaside influence, an unspoiled culture and welcoming local people, it’s easy to understand why National Geographic’s Traveler Magazine rated the Azores as an “authentic, unspoiled and likely to [...]

Follow Us as We Visit the Azores
May 26, 2010 – 2:35 pm | 5 Comments
Follow Us as We Visit the Azores

Beginning next Wednesday, you’ll be able to follow us as we visit the Azores. During our stay, we’ll be tweeting about our adventures as we tour the islands of the Azores, courtesy of our hosts the Portuguese National Tourist Office and SATA – Azores Express. In addition to following our Twitter stream, you’ll be able [...]

Hiking Sete Cidades – Azores
March 21, 2011 – 11:55 am | 2 Comments
Hiking Sete Cidades – Azores

The geologic rhythms of the earth create some of the most dramatic and breathtaking phenomena in nature. The beautiful lines of the Cycladic pearl, Santorini, are the result of a cataclysmic explosion more than three and a half millennia ago. In Hawaii, Mauna Loa is another place of such sublime beauty, though it has continuously [...]

Wellness Travel on the Island of Pico – Azores
June 9, 2010 – 11:26 am | No Comment
Wellness Travel on the Island of Pico – Azores

During a recent stay at the Aldeia da Fonte Hotel, on the island of Pico in the Azores, I had the opportunity to sit down and have dinner with the hotel’s owners, Dr. Antonio Simas and his lovely wife Sonia. Both impressed me deeply with not only their knowledge of human wellness, but also the [...]

The Azores – Islands and Highlights
January 12, 2010 – 3:49 pm | 4 Comments
The Azores – Islands and Highlights

The Azores are a Portuguese archipelago comprised of nine volcanic islands that have a somewhat tropical feel with European characteristics. The main problem you’ll encounter is deciding which islands to visit. Don’t worry. You’ll be drawn to return in which case you can visit the islands you missed on your first trip. Here’s a quick synopsis of the islands’ highlights:

The Azores – An Archipelago Jewel in the Atlantic
January 12, 2010 – 3:23 pm | 5 Comments
The Azores – An Archipelago Jewel in the Atlantic

The Azores are a Portuguese archipelago comprised of nine volcanic islands that, for some strange reason, are not overrun with tourists. You might remember that there was a famous emergency landing made here in 2001 where a plane ran out of fuel and safely and successfully coasted into the Azores. The islands lie about two [...]

Things to See and Do in Asturias, Spain
May 2, 2011 – 5:25 pm | One Comment
Things to See and Do in Asturias, Spain

Thinking about traveling to Spain this summer? Those who are looking beyond the typical Mediterranean holiday or  who are interested in heading off the beaten path should consider a trip to “green Spain” and, in particular, the principality of Asturias. A recent Iberia flight from Madrid to Asturias reminded me more of the Azores or [...]

Terceira’s Imperios of the Holy Spirit
June 10, 2010 – 10:59 am | One Comment
Terceira’s Imperios of the Holy Spirit

In sharp contrast to the Azores’ pale white parishes, the colorful imperios (theaters which are dedicated to the Holy Spirit) demand your attention with their bright embellishments and unique architecture. Imperios dating back as far as the late nineteenth century are scattered throughout the island, totaling 68 in all. Each of the imperios includes a [...]

Pico Island for Foodies
June 6, 2010 – 4:10 pm | 3 Comments
Pico Island for Foodies

Every now and again I get to have seafood plucked fresh from the sea. I live in Colorado now, so it only happens when I travel. Fortunately, it happened today. We were down at the dock in Sao Rogue do Pico in the Azores and I saw some locals popping little shells off the concrete [...]

Whales in Lajes do Pico
June 3, 2010 – 3:19 pm | 2 Comments
Whales in Lajes do Pico

Lajes do Pico was the first settlement on the island of Pico, in the Azores, which became an important commercial fishing port and whaling center for many centuries. Its old stone houses with their long balconies bear testimony to the village’s opulent past. Culturally, whaling was a huge deal here until it was outlawed in [...]