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 …
one of us was born in sao miguel, the other never been there. this was an obvious travel to enjoy together (and the first of many in azores). a popular song of azores is called “islands of brume” and we could testify that for the entire week being there. fortunately, at the very last day, the weather flipped (common in the archipelago weather) and for some hours we could experience some great light. nature itself we guess that everyone who visits são miguel gets mesmerized by its luxurious greens and unclassified lagoons. nowadays, the world is discovering the azores and we found lots of tourists all around the island. hope they can respect this environment and preserve the island beauty. there are so many things to explore that everyone can trace its own path on the island and find a perfect place to stop and find how small we are in earth. sete cidades and the view of a king hell’s spot or a forgotten paradise under the skin experience fire walk with us across the island terra nostra garden furnas valley or the belly of …
nordeste was during many years called the 10th island of the archipelago due its geographic and social isolation. nowadays things are changing, but it continues to be the most untouched area of the island where its impossible don’t be amazed by the intense meeting of the endless atlantic blue and the luxurious green of the island. s.miguel, azores | april 2016
arnel’s lighthouse is the oldest in the island and you can find it at the end of a small street with more than 30º of slope. keep your breath and effort to back over the main road, but the view is worth it – the atlantic is yours. s.miguel, azores | april 2016
louvre michaelense is a hip shop selling products “made in portugal”, as so many others that are popping at every corner these days – craftwork, gourmet products, exquisite drinks (or a simple coffee) and, of course, new interpretations of our childhood products. when we visited it for the first time, we were expecting only local products but we guess it would be a rather ambitious project. the place where it stands was opened in 1904 as a millinery, but later became an haberdashery and its a quite comfy memoir going there with my mom to buy buttons and zips to her homemade clothes. with time, and portuguese financial crisis, it bankrupted and was abandoned for many years. its transformation as louvre michaelense was nicely done and i’m happy that the place has a new life in ponta delgada’s downtown.
if anyone told us that from a room at an abandoned hotel at sete cidades, s.miguel (azores) you could almost see paradise, we hardly believe it. open your mind because stuff like this can happen in azores – nature surpasses us at every inch of itself. one of many azorean legends says that there was a forbidden love between a blue eyed princess and a green eyed prince from different kingdoms in the island. in despair, both cried incessantly filling the crater of extinct volcanos with their tears, in which today lays down the blue and green lagoons of sete cidades. in days like the one we got, with few clouds, the colors are as intense as our desire for an happy end for this love. s.miguel, azores | april 2016
how green was my valley?
the best vegetarian restaurante we ever visit. its not easy to cook vegetarian or vegan food, but “rotas” really knows how to do it. simple and delicious food at a comfortable place. their version of tiramisu with “bolo levedo” (the traditional sweet bread) is to eat and ask for more. often fully booked so make sure to reserve a table.