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São Miguel Island, Azores — Aquaducts and Crater Lakes


No. That’s not Ursula and me in the photo above. That’s some friends we met on the cruise, and they had neglected to take their camera. As such, I volunteered to take some photos and email them the results. The location for this shot is the Coal Peak Viewpoint (Miradouro do Pico do Carvão). And the views from way up here are quite nice:

Coal Peak Viewpoint

And in case you’re wondering where this is, we’re on the western portion of São Miguel Island headed west toward the town of Sete Cidades. Still showing off Coal Peak Viewpoint, let’s swing around and see what lies in the other direction:

Coal Peak Viewpoint

And just a very few minutes west of this viewpoint you’ll come across a rather picturesque structure cutting through the countryside. This is the Coal Aqueduct (Aqueduto do Carvão):

Coal Aqueduct

The aqueduct was a pleasant surprise, and only around three or four minutes west of the Coal Peak Viewpoint. The dilapidated structure is covered in green, and red paint inside the archways offers up a great contrast to the surrounding vegetation. Let’s move for a closer look:

Coal Aqueduct

Time to get our bearings as we continue westward. Nothing like road direction signs to gussy up your photo album and help you later to remember where you’ve been:

Still heading toward Sete Cidades

But before we get to Sete Cidades, there’s one more photo stop we simply must make. Lagoa das Sete Cidades (Lagoon of the Seven Cities) is another crater lake set within yet another volcano. Or, actually, in this case it’s a twin lake — Lagoa Azul (Blue Lagoon) and Lagoa Verde (Green Lagoon). Here you can view Lagoa Verde, with Lagoa Azul beyond:

Lagoa Verde (Green Lagoon) foreground; Lagoa Azul (Blue Lagoon) beyond

And, yes, that’s a road you see above separating the two lakes. We’ll be crossing that road in Wednesday’s article. Until then, let’s enjoy the flora up here at this lake lookout:

Lookout above Lagoa das Sete Cidades

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Fun Photo Friday — São Miguel Island Random Favorites 2


Time of Part 2 of our random images of São Miguel Island. Below is today’s picture gallery/slide show. As always, just click on any image to enlarge it, and engage the slide show presentation.

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São Miguel Island, Azores — Another look at Ribeira Grande


I gave Ribeira Grande short shrift on Monday’s blog. In that article you saw one church, and two photos of a factory liquor store. You probably thought, “What the heck?” Well, I only had three shots I wanted to post of Salto do Cabrito, so I threw in those images of Ribeira Grande to pad out the article. Needless to say, we now need to head back and take a more in-depth view of this charming little town and what it has to offer. Well start with heading back to that Baroque marvel, the Igreja do Divino Espírito (Church of the Holy Spirit)

Igreja do Divino Espírito (Church of the Holy Spirit)

Let’s zoom in on one of those Baroque details:

Igreja do Divino Espírito

Now, I know some people who are so entranced by the Baroque architectural style that they tend to ignore everything else. But to them I say, “Hey… if it ain’t Baroque, don’t nix it” (is that a loud groan I heard out there). For if you do, you’d miss out on the impressive Ribeira Grande Town Hall:

Ribeira Grande City Hall (Câmara Municipal da Ribeira Grande)

Or the Teatro Ribeiragrandense (Theater Ribeira Grande). This colorful building has quite the grand appearance as you approach it from the east:

Teatro Ribeiragrandense

You may recall from Monday the colorful balcony shot I took at the Mulher de Capote factory liquor store. Well, here’s the rest of the façade:

Mulher de Capote

Finally, if you stand next to the previously mentioned town hall, you’ll see the Big River, or in other words, the Ribeira (River) Grande (Large). Down there, below street level, is a playground (Plac Zabaw), but I was more interested in the red benches contrasting against the green grass. So, I call this shot The Red Benches:

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