from afar the island of são jorge looks like a long reptile resting in the ocean, hiding mysteries, and old prohibited lovers. arriving by boat, we can see that there are some strips of land that enter the sea at the base of the cliffs caused by ancient landslides. the so-called fajãs. one of them, fajã do santo cristo (holy lord christ), remains a sacred place. unrivaled in its distance for the world. there are some trails to get there and it will depend on how tired are you (but it will worth all the effort). the easiest (and perhaps least tiring) is the track that comes out of the neighboring fajã, the fajã dos cubres. from there we only rely on our strength. unfortunately, some motorcycles make the way which is clearly contributing to he pollution and decharacterization of the trail. on arrival, although there are more and more tourists, we were dazzled by that mixture of gross dark green nature and the calm of the lagoon followed by the infinite atlantic. the ecosystem …
in são roque do pico, we had a great gastronomic surprise. casa âncora, by the hand of the chef timur abuziarov, is a modern restaurant using fresh produce from local fishermen and farmers. amazing how the chef managed to seize the azorean flavor in a unique and creative way. a must to do on the island, with the restaurant and lounge just by the sea. perfect at sunset.
be amazed, there’s more beyond infinity… when we started this journey, none of us could imagine what to expect. we already had seen photos and read stories from other travelers going up the highest mountain in portugal – the pico island – but, we guess that there always a sense of unreality until we experience it. a fearless 4-hour expedition through a harsh and paradoxical beautiful trail until we got to the top of the mountain. pico going small at our bottom and the faithful faial as a companion minimized our breathless and fatigued body. at the top of the mountain, a moon-like crater. but then, we look up and there’s more. a little summit – the real challenge, but it deserves the last effort. from there the view is unimaginable. surrounded by clouds, playing hide and seek with us, we stayed amazed with the never-ending atlantic and the rest of central groups islands by our foot. the incomprehensible feeling of fullness and abundance it’s not enough to describe what we felt. going down is worse …
across the canal, at madalena, a huge sperm whale lies in the rocks, resting for many past miles in the atlantic and contemplating the horizon line intersected by faial, islanders and boats loaded with dreams of other times. cella bar, winner of 2016 hospitality architecture award, combines the pico’s tradition on whale watching, long days in the sea capturing whales on small boats and the dark basalt landscape on an exquisite design bar/restaurant. nice flavors with some unusual twists of local food and contemporary tendencies and nice local wines. for sure, a place to visit when on the island.
blurred minds, enchanted hearts, and still they move – 12 tracks, including music by nicolas jaar, frank ocean and bon iver. here in this room, this narrow room where life began when we were young last night. “GOD”, bon iver
hurry up, we’re dreaming is a “must-have” 2011 album, featuring unbeatable tracks like “midnight city“, “reunion“, “wait” and “steve mcqueen“. “there’s a magic inside just waiting to burst out the world is a goldmine that will melt tomorrow living for, living for a thrill just waiting, just waiting!” hurry up, we’re dreaming, M83 2011
this is all yours is an 2014 album, featuring great tracks such as “hunger of the pine“, “left hand free” and “every other freckle“. love love is the warmest colour petrol blues, hallelujah, hallelujah comes saut dans le vide, my lover in my youth the greatest tide washed up my prize you i’ll bury my hands deep into the name of my lover this is all yours, alt-j 2014
this was a unique moment in which from the rooftop of an abandoned hotel at são miguel, we had the privilege of attending a breathless gold rush sunset showing how small we are in the world. this is a place that never stops surprising us. s.miguel, azores | june 2016
the lagoa do fogo (lagoon of fire) has its own micro climate and its usually difficult to see all of its splendor in a cloudy day. nonetheless its beauty gains a mysterious aura transporting us to a suspense scenario of what we are getting behind each cloud. you can wait seated at one of the hill and be surprised at each instance. we decided to do the small walking trail by one of the lagoon edges but right down the water we realized that we hadn’t appropriate shoes to keep going and had to abort our walk. for sure, a thing to do next time there. s.miguel, azores | april 2016
back in the island for a family gathering around one of the ancient religious traditions in azores – the cult of holy spirit – we took the opportunity to continue our journey (re)discovering são miguel. our main objective was to go around the northeast side of the island once last time it was impossible due the mist. and…yes we were lucky! we enjoyed a clear vision of the impressive cliffs and gardens of nordeste and the infinite blue of a silenced atlantic just for us… nordeste, where green meets blue we could live by the sea… all of the light eat being at são miguel is almost mandatory, for us, to have dinner at our favourite vegetarian restaurant, rotas. the food continued amazing. from the same group that got up rotas, louvre michaelense was born from recovering an old storehouse and offers us a lot of handcrafted and local products, while you can have a nice coffee by the window. stay the nook hostel at ponta delgada was a great choice for the weekend, providing all the comfort and amenities …