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São Miguel Island, Azores — Miradouro da Ponta do Escalvado


Still in Sete Cidades for the beginning of today’s article, but not for long. And today we say goodbye to São Miguel Island and the Azores. For after the Azores, Brilliance of the Seas headed across the pond to Tampa, Florida, whereupon we would stay aboard for another adventure further south and 1,200 years into the past. But for now, let us continue to explore Sete Cidades, particularly the wonderful Church of St. Nicholas (Igreja de São Nicolau):

Church of St. Nicholas, Sete Cidades, São Miguel Island, Azores

While the exterior of St. Nicholas is charming, and well framed by the surrounding trees, the interior is much more subdued. Nevertheless, it retains a certain picturesque quality because of the rich wood beams and similarly stained wood pews beneath:

Church of St. Nicholas, Sete Cidades, São Miguel Island, Azores

We now have one more destination of this tour before returning to Brilliance of the Seas and a fond farewell to São Miguel Island and the Azores. This is Miradouro da Ponta do Escalvado, a great photo stop on the west coast of São Miguel Island:

Miradouro da Ponta do Escalvado

This viewpoint sits atop pyroclastic cliffs, and the views of the deep blue ocean is stunning. That’s especially so because of the rocks protruding offshore above the surface of the water:

Miradouro da Ponta do Escalvado

On Wednesday I will present to you a very different experience. Until then, I’ll leave you with this photo gallery and slide show of Miradouro da Ponta do Escalvado:

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Fun Photo Friday — São Miguel Island Random Favorites 2


Time for the second of two Fun Photo Friday random collections of São Miguel Island favorites. Next week I have one more area to show here, which will be Monday’s article. After that, for Wednesday and beyond, I’ll be taking you to our next destination, for we stayed on the Brilliance of the Seas for a follow-on cruise to Cozumel. And in Cozumel we took a trip to visit some ancient Mayan ruins. That’s right. Beginning next Wednesday we’ll be exploring Chichén Itzá. Meanwhile, today’s photo gallery and slide show:

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São Miguel Island, Azores — Lagoa das Sete Cidades


Lagoa das Sete Cidades

In the above photo you can once again see the two distinct twin lakes. Green Lagoon (Lagoa Verde) lies to the left, and Blue Lagoon (Lagoa Azul) to the larger lake to the left. But I came here for the real scenic beauty, and here she is:

Ursula posing at the lake overlook

There is much of interest to photograph in this twin lake, and I found the Blue Lagoon the more fascinating of the two:

Blue Lagoon

I think part of this had to do with that interesting peninsula jutting out into the blue waters. Zooming in on it there appears to be a road along the right (eastern) perimeter, and a small building and a garden to the left just before the trees:

Blue Lagoon

Up here on the lookout you’ll find something else to image with your camera. That would be the lush vegetation and colorful flowers:

On Monday I promised you a view from that road that separates the Blue Lagoon from the Green Lagoon. Our tour guide took advantage of a narrow pullout at the west end of this narrow crossing and pulled our van over at this point. From here we got out and I snagged one last image of the Blue Lagoon, but this image was taken at a lake level:

Blue Lagoon up close and personal

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