1. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Just back from a week in the Azores, a destination my wife and I had long wanted to see.
    Full set here: Azores
    We had an unscheduled stop in Angra do Heroismo on Terceira, as the airport on Sao Miguel was fogbound. Time for just a short stroll round a very interesting town.

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    Vasco da Gama statue
    by Martin Connolly, on Flickr

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    Angra do Heroismo
    by Martin Connolly, on Flickr

    Some highlights from Sao Miguel in no particular order:

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    Near Furnas
    by Martin Connolly, on Flickr

    The water here really is that colour due to volcanic activity:
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    Furnas Lake
    by Martin Connolly, on Flickr

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    More hydrangeas!
    by Martin Connolly, on Flickr

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    Towards Povoacao
    by Martin Connolly, on Flickr

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    Salta do Prego waterfall
    by Martin Connolly, on Flickr

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    Path from Faial da Terra
    by Martin Connolly, on Flickr

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    Village dog
    by Martin Connolly, on Flickr


    Vista do Rei on a cloudy day
    by Martin Connolly, on Flickr


    Sao Miguel North Coast 1
    by Martin Connolly, on Flickr

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    Australian Fig
    by Martin Connolly, on Flickr
     
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  2. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    Nice! The Azores have been on my list for a long time, too...
     
  3. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    UGH I bet they regret having Moreton Bay Figs over there. They are a pest and a half.

    Love the set, Martin, especially the Da Gama statue :)
     
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  4. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    We just decided that we're going next year. Of course that means I've started to agonize over what gear to bring :crying:
     
  5. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I'd never thought of going to the Azores but the scenery is wonderful, lovely set of images :)
     
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  6. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    I gave up agonizing about lenses and took my LX100 with the TZ60 as backup. You don't want heavy gear as the weather - at least in summer - is really humid and quite oppressive.
    Sue - I didn't see any other examples of that tree TBH although there were quite a few eucalyptuses (eucalypti?) if not as many as on the Portuguese mainland.
    I was surprised at how busy and developed Sao Miguel and Terceira were. However they have about 80% of the total population so I guess the others would be quieter. Sao Miguel seemed to have very little in the way of tourist infrastructure - very few bars/cafes/restaurants that you'd feel safe going into, and the food is limited and not very exciting. But you go there for the scenery which is (when not covered in thick fog) really spectacular. It goes from looking like English moorland to rolling fields, then alpine meadows, then rainforest, sometimes within a few hundred yards. And hydrangeas and agapanthuses...the roadsides are absolutely covered in the things which is quite a sight.
     
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  7. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
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