Art Takes Many Forms

Thank you for following my blog or just checking in occasionally to see what we were up to on the magnificent islands of the Azores. If you would like more information about this untapped paradise, just let us know.

I truly enjoyed writing about our Azorean adventure, knowing you were somewhere out there reading about the experience and hopefully sharing the lovely time. I’m saying goodbye to you readers. I appreciate your responses and support.

Journey on,
Beverly

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Cemetery

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Bras in the shop window

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Village chapel

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Tribute to the famers

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Sculpture of the legendary water creature on Lagoa do Fornas

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Topiary

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The faucet in the mall

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The dragon that St. Jorge fought

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Antique weaving

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The family of weavers in Faja de Viagem

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Flowers and Foliage

What can I say about the variety of flowers and vegetation on the islands?  I think a few photos will give you an idea.

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Always Room for Originality

Most villages were filled with stone houses and other plastered and painted white.  I loved the colors that some people dared to paint their houses in the midst of tradition.

Looking down on a town from a windmill

Looking down on a town from a windmill

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The Door Series

Many of the doors of the houses opened right onto the road, since the houses have often been around for centuries. I became fascinated by the various styles and colors of the doors.

Enjoy

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From a New Perspective

Hello folks who were traveling with us vicariously in the Azores~

We’ve been home now for ten days, faced with temperatures dropping below freezing every night.  We have had time to readjust to life in the mountains of Northern California, to go through the photographs, and incorporate all the wonderful experiences of our month in the Azores.  The ending occurred in steps taking three days and two nights in different cities, and three plane rides plus a five-hour drive home.  I felt like I didn’t put closure on the trip and blog, so here I am again sharing some of the photos, answering a few questions, and just generally unpacking memories from the trip.

You’ll be hearing from me again soon.

Bev

Location of the Azores in relation to Europe, 900 miles away

Location of the Azores in relation to Europe, 900 miles away

Of the nine islands in the archipelago, we've now visited four.

Of the nine islands in the archipelago, we’ve now visited four.

Ricardo, who has designed four beautiful guest houses on the northeast side of Sao Miguel.

Ricardo, who has designed four beautiful guest houses on the northeast side of Sao Miguel.

Joao and Helena, our friends from Pico who introduced us wonderful food, a large group of their friends, ocean fishing, traditional crafts, and their love of the Azorean lifestyle.

Joao and Helena, our friends from Pico who introduced us wonderful food, a large group of their friends, ocean fishing, traditional crafts, and their love of the Azorean lifestyle.

On the ferry from Sao Jorge to Pico

On the ferry from Sao Jorge to Pico

Still thinking about all of those gorgeous hikes

Still thinking about all of those gorgeous hikes

Getting to Know the Azoreans

We have had glorious weather for our time on Pico. We have hiked in the highland lakes, sinking into a foot of bog lichen and sphagnum, visited the tide pools, and walked through the villages. One morning we went down to the natural swimming area, which is affected by the waves but protected from the open ocean. In the summer, there are ladders and diving boards, and we assume the area is visited by locals and visitors alike. We shared the pool with only one German couple, but most of our hikes have been solitary at this time of the season.

After Mitchell and Joao fished, we were invited to their home for a traditional fish stew served on toasted bread to soak up the delicious juices of all the different fish, clams, and vegetables. Of course, there was homemade wine and good company.

Yesterday on our hike, we wandered into a dusty shop Pulsar, which was stuffed full of Portuguese made clothes, many of which looked like they had been there for decades. Mitch had a great time trying on 1980 style clothes and leaving with two coats and two hats. Very European and eccentric.

For our last night on Pico, we went back to the home of Joao and Helena for more of his tasty traditional dishes. This time he made a special rice dish with beans and fried pork liver. I remember my mother’s calf liver with onions; however, this dish was much more tender and subtle in flavor. We have thoroughly enjoyed the company of this couple and learned so much from them about life in the Azores.

One of the local parks

One of the local parks

 

Preparing the fish stew

Preparing the fish stew

 

There's always a place to fish, but there aren't always fish caught.

There’s always a place to fish, but there aren’t always fish caught.

 

Pulsar

Pulsar

 

Mitch's new look

Mitch’s new look