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Friday, June 12, 2015

Sao Miguel - Churches, Landscapes, Food and Culture

We are at the end of my Azores posts.  So sad so sad. 
 But I have so many fun posts lined up for next week. 
Its back to the US of A next week.

Make sure you check out all my other Azores posts if you read this and need more travel porn.  And you will. 


Today is kind of a mash up of some of the beautiful churches, the landscape, and the food.  Not much needed in the way of words, these pictures are beautiful and I feel they speak for themselves.  I really think these pictures capture the beauty of the islands, the unique landscape, as well as some of the culture.  

Road signs in the Azores 


Rock sculptures

      
Beautiful churches in the Azores 

 

Beautiful church on the cliff



Colorful houses of the Azores 



My father standing where his childhood house once was 



 Church in Furnas





Various ways of Island transportation



These horses were behind a restaurant.  The story was that a gentleman had a long tab billed over time and decided to pay his bill with these two horses. 


Waterfalls 









There are a lot of cows on this island (a lot, a lot). 





Seafood is a staple on every menu.  Yellowfin tuna featured above.  Do note, the culture cooks everything well, well well well done.  They don't really understand rare, so expect everything to come WELL done. 


Like typical european cultures, coffee comes in the form of an expresso, or small coffee

The bread and cheeses are amazing.  Do not leave without bread, cheese and pastries. 


Ordering alcohol on the island is a little odd. A martini is not what you think it is.  Azorean wine wasn't my favorite.  But you could never go wrong with a beer, or cerveja. 



This wraps up all of my Azores posts.  This island was such a unique and amazing spot. Sustainable tourism, and everything was insanely (really, insanely) cheap.  From meals, to houses, this is an amazing unique get away even for the tightest of budgets.  You can get a direct flight from Boston, out of SATA airlines.  Check out the "List of Azores activities" and I promise there is something for everyone on the list . 

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