The photos (all courtesy) I am showing you are of the Island of FIAL. (Ilha Azul- Blue Island)
Fial, was the first Island that we arrived at on our epic sail from South Africa to Europe. We were there for a month. Which gave us time to get to know some of the people near to the harbor and the old town.
Walking up to Capelinhos.. one is just walking on dusty paths, but my gosh. What an incredible sight to see .
I can imagine Mars, must look like this! There is nothing there..nothing grows. A very eerie experience, that one never forgets.
The eruption destroyed 300 homes. During this period of eruption 2.000 people emigrated to the USA and Canada. In the US.. There are many Azorean fishermen ,with their large fishing vessels that live and fish in Cape Cod. Mr. M and myself, had the pleasure of meeting some of these lovely families, on one of our trips to the US.
Their children now 2nd and 3rd Generation Americans. The same in Canada. During the summer months.. many of the children come and visit the Islands where their grandparents had once lived.
We lived about an hour away from the city of Durban 2000 miles above sea level. High up the hydrangeas grew to enormous sizes.
This lead me to start thinking this week, about planting some hydrangeas here in my garden .
My D.I.L Heleen has some growing their Alfange Estate., their heads dont get very big.. but still they seem to do well. So, they will be my next flower that I hope to plant. I do hope they take.. i will have to see. They for sure, will not be anything like the size of the ones we had in S.A or the ones growing in the Azores.
FIAL. is known world wide for the abundance of wild hydrangeas growing everywhere , especially so in the town of Horta. Along the roadsides, up on the hills all over the island the flowers can be seen. A sight for sore eyes, especially in the summertime. I have never seen so many.
Mainly blue hydrangeas .- as Gonçalo Velho Cabral named the island "Hortensia" Hortense in English is Hydrangea! Hence the town of Horta.
The Azores Islands have some of the tallest mountains on the planet. Measured from their base at the bottom of the ocean , to their peaks. Which are high above the surface of the Atlantic ocean.
When sailing. and the islands come into view. It is a very dramatic view and a feeling that one cannot describe. One's heart swells with excitement, happiness, lots of feelings all rolled into one.. after the screaming and shouting.. Out comes the rum to salute the captain on his fine sailing abilities. We never had any electronic equipment on board.. We sailed over 10.500 nautical miles.
Terçeira - Terceira is the main Azores air zone command . A detachment of the USA airforce have their planes there. The Americans have always had planes on Terçeira.. NATO. forces.
The Azorian's , have their own dialect, that even for a native Portuguese speaker is hard to grasp until some time or a few days ,until you get to understand the dialect. They have their own cusine and traditions.
Very lovely hospitable people. We made good friends there.
My youngest son Filipe- plays his classic music once or twice a month at Peter's sports cafe in Horta.. a very very well known cafe , with the sailing fraternity ... Peter We knew, died some years ago. A world renown "Scrimshaw" artist.. His son also Peter, now runs the cafe.. He has opened one in Lisbon too. Peter is very generous for Filipe's flight and two nights there. Let me say- he always wants Filipe back.
Dear friends.. I could of course go on and on about my travels. Today its about beautiful Fial.. and if you are thinking of an exotic place to visit and have a holiday.. Keep Fial in mind.
(all photos -courtesy of wikipedia)-
I would like to thank all my kind blogging friends for your comments on my last post.
I have been a little behind with comments and posting.
I hope you enjoyed a little journey to Horta Fial.. !
Wishing you all a wonderful week. val