My trip to the Azores
Traveling around the world, you finally get to the point where all you feel like doing is lying in the sand for a moment and basking in the beauty of inactivity. No cultural trips, no globetrotting, nothing but a few days away from reality. So today I’m going to tell you about my trip to the Azores.
Firstly, in case you didn’t know, the Azores are a group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, belonging to Portugal. They’re not that far from the USA either: just some 4000 km off the Eastern Coast, so the tourists here are a happy mixture from all around Europe and America.
Anyway, it was still morning and just as my plane landed, I met the driver from Ponta Delgada Taxi and in just a quarter of an hour or so, I arrived at my hotel in town. It was July, so the weather was just warm and sunny enough and I remember just taking in a breath of fresh Ocean air. I opened the window and saw the beautiful landscape that unfolded before my very eyes. I know it sounds cliche, but seeing the ocean meet the sky-line, but also the gentle slopes covered in soft grass made me give a happy sigh just before plunging in bed for a nap.
I went out to explore the city of Ponta Delgada in the afternoon, after the nap and the snack. I recommend the promenade by the harbor, which is where I took a walk down the Avenida Infante Dom Henrique. I passed the fort, passed the Military Museum – which I visited later on – and marveled at the beautiful construction of the Convento e Capela de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca.
Just before heading back to the hotel for the day, I stopped by a terrace on the esplanade and enjoyed a fresh cocktail thinking: “This is the life!”