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Family history is always difficult

searching the azores for home, but finding a jurrasic park.

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Here is the first day that I was in the azores. I was on Faial, in Horta. Very beautiful island with nice houses with red roofs and small streets.

The Azores were a mix of bad and good. It was so beautiful, but sometimes so slow and boring and hard to get around (only two busses a day). Walking was wonderful, but the islands were bigger than one might think! and i didnt get very far.

I would like to come back with more time, a tent, and camp out in the ¨wilderness¨. That would be really fun.

This was the view from my airplane window as we flew into horta. It is the peak of Pico mountain. It was a bit breathtaking.

Welcome to the Azores!

The little car I rented, the Ford Fiesta!! It drove so easily. Way easier than the truck. Reminded me of JRs car. I only rented it for the one first day in Horta.

When I first went driving into Horta I stopped by some tide pools.

And the fish in the tide pool!

This was the port in horta. People would paint messages about their journeys by boat for good luck or to say that they had be there. and there were thousands!

Here is one view of the beach next to Horta. Very nice and clean and blue water.

Another view of the same beach.

I started to climb up the hill you see in the first picture, and there were some ruins of a house which were very interesting.

When i was walking around, there were lizards scurrying everywhere. I felt like i was in Jurrasic park.

The water was great. Everywhere here the water was so blue.

Me climbing the hill.

This is the view over the beach that you could see from where i hiked.

This was me driving around, and this is a happy cow grazing by the side of the road.

My house :) Nice grassy hills and a horse.

Also driving around on Faial. A nice old church.

A cafe. My relatives perhaps? the Jacintos?

I drove up to the volcanos peak, the caldeira. Its a crater now. I assume it exploded. Its also a refuge area for wildlife.

Some of the wildlife.

Chicharros. Little fried whole fishes. I had a very hard time eating them, but i did. and here is the picture to prove it!

So that was my first day in Horta. Pretty eventful, but somewhat lonely. And i slept in the car. Yikes. But pico was much less lonely and I didnt have to sleep in any cars!

Posted by therook 13:52 Archived in Portugal Tagged luxury_travel

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Hey....its sounds wonderful. Maybe we can go back together and you can show me around. Did you connect with the folks on Pico that I sent you the information??? When do you leave the Azores??? It is finally warming up in the Carolinas. We are headed to Savannah, GA today for a day trip. On Golden Pond is a very famous movie with Henry and Jane Fonda. See you soon...time goes fast doesn't it??? Love Mom

by ddeverter

P. S. The pictures are wonderful.

by ddeverter

Home is home...nothin great but it looks like you discovered something great... I do love your pictures, especially the ones u painted. If you feel inspired feel free to paint me a beautiful picture of something you love. I would love to be able to look at something beautiful to remind me of you and your courage and great artistic abilities..
p.s. still so jealous but I love you!!

by gracestern

Yes, perhaps I shall! haha i love you too my little face. I shall paint you a picture, no worries!

by therook

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