paredes de coura, portugal | august 2015
starting at gorreana tea factory (s.miguel, azores) this trail that you can easily do in 2/3 hours along 6km throught tea plantations, pastureland and japanese red cedars is a striking route reflecting not only the green but also the relation of men in exploring the richness of the earth to cultivate tea and feed cattle. at the end of the trail you arrive to “casa do mirante”, a ruined house, from which you get a superb view over the north coast of the island. time to go down, and try a tea at the factory to restore strength to continue exploring s.miguel. s.miguel, azores | may 2015
yams are edible tubers very popular in s.miguel (azores). the humidity and medium temperatures of the so called microclimate of “furnas valley” make it one of the best places to cultivate yams. poached of fried, there are many ways to eat yams. of course that everyone should try it in “cozido das furnas”, in which all the ingredients are cooked with natural volcanic heat. s.miguel, azores | may 2015
“rabo de peixe” is a village at the north side of s. miguel (azores) with a strong relation to the sea and of what we can get from it. it stands for a long history on fishery and brave people that rely all their income in the uncertainty of nature. unfortunately, its also a place with severe social problems and low resources. walk&talk is an interactive public art festival that annually transforms s.miguel in a public gallery for street art and all other forms of contemporary art. vhils is one of the portuguese artists that usually collaborates with this festival, and at “rabo de peixe” you can find his work on surprising faces of old folks carved on the walls next to where fishermen work and children play all day. s.miguel, azores | may 2015
on the lakeside of “lagoa das furnas” (s.miguel, azores), furnas lake villas is an amazing space to spend some days in the island. inspired in traditional warehouses and scandinavia architecture, the modular apartments offers us an updated rustic comfort to enjoy the nature all around. there are many activities that you can enjoy while being at the villas, but at our time there we got the typical azorean foggy days. even so, we tried to get the best of our time there and less than 5 minutes walking you can arrive to the lake and the outstanding chapel that decorates its outline. and less than 10 minutes driving you are at “furnas” centre. one of ours best memories, enjoying long mornings inside was the amazing breakfast delivered every day at the apartment in a basket full of fresh and local products, including “bolo levedo” (typical sweet bread of furnas valley).
porto, portugal | june 2015
barcelona, spain | june 2015