The Azores – part I
Hello from The Azores! I’m calling this part I because I’m pretty sure I’ll need to split these up – we arrived late-Saturday night, and I’ve already taken 50+ photos and four videos…! From what I’ve seen so far, the island is so beautiful. Lush greenery everywhere, beautiful plants and so many places to explore. This is our third full day on the island, and here’s what we’ve been up to so far.
^^These flowers have popped up everywhere.^^
Yesterday we went on a boat trip in the hope of seeing some dolphins and whales. The trip was meant to last three hours, but we ended up being out at sea for around 4.5hrs as they were nowhere to be seen! Finally we found some dolphins, two families, and it was amazing. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t see a whale – although we did see one big turtle floating about by himself!
You can also find a video of the dolphins on my Instagram page.
^^I’ve been enjoying plenty of delicious meals, especially breakfast. We did a big food shop on Sunday, and I was so happy to find Alpro products! We picked up butter, yogurt and specaloos desserts. This fig jam was a gift from the owners, and really good.^^
We’ve had a whole bunch of ducks come and hang out with us every day! It’s been amazing to feed them, however they do love to poop on our terrace…
^^Beers and crisps out on the terrace.^^
^^The architecture is very similar here – these tall black and white buildings pop up in so many places.^^
On Sunday we went for a long walk through the forest at Pico Do Ferro, walking from the very top of the mountain to the bottom, arriving at a lake and hot springs. It took us around an hour, and had quite a few scary moments! Like standing amongst these trees as they creaked and swayed around us, and walking down very steep ‘steps’ in the mud.
Apparently you can cook meals underground because of the boiling water and heat! We watched this guy pull out some parcels from the ground.
The lake was so beautiful, and after trekking through the forest for an hour downhill, dipping my toes into the lake was very much needed!
I’m not sure what our plans are for today – it’s meant to be raining, but then again it’s meant to rain every day! Lightning tomorrow, too. I want to visit the hot springs and small pools that you can swim in, and use the bicycles that we have here and maybe a spa day and another mountain walk. I’ll update when I can, but I’ll share more photos on Instagram, so follow me there if you like.
Have you been to The Azores? Any tips or places I should visit?