excellent navigators and having a deep desire to expand its territories,
The Azores Islands were founded by the Portuguese in 1317. This
is a clump of nine islands in the rough Atlantic Ocean about 1,400 kilometres
west of Lisbon, Portugal. As a curious traveller, I always make it a habit
of finding out how a city, town or in this case an island got its name...
Volcano and Crater - On this private tour you will explore the
splendor of Faial Island in Azores. Visit Capelinhos area where the landscape
was completely changed with village houses and fields covered with volcanic
with Cozido Lunch and T Nostra park - On
this private tour you will explore the Sao Miguel Island in Azores. Enjoy
views over the Furnas valley and lake at the bottom of a large volcanic
crater. Watch the removal of the Cozido lunch which had been buried ...more...
do Fogo and Furnas - On this private tour you will explore the
Sao Miguel Island in Azores. Enjoy magnificent views over the Island and
Lagoa do Fogo, a lake located in the bottom of an extinct volcano with
white sand beaches and very clear waters...more...
Island Tour - The settlement of Pico started in the year 1460 at
Lajes, a small place located on the island´s south coast. On this
private tour you will explore the splendor of Picos Island in Azores. Visit
the old Whales Factory, also a handicraft exhibition and a cheese factory...more...
To The Azores Islands by Adan Moore
Being excellent navigators
and having a deep desire to expand its territories, The Azores Islands
were founded by the Portuguese in 1317.
This is a clump of nine islands
in the rough Atlantic Ocean about 1,400 kilometres west of Lisbon, Portugal.
As a curious traveller, I always make it a habit of finding out how a city,
town or in this case an island got its name. The name Azores comes from
the name of a bird similar to a goshawk which is what the first settlers
thought they saw, but it turned out that what they were seeing in abundance
was just a type of eagle.
|The nine islands that make
up the Azores are called Santa Maria, Sao Miguel, Terceira, Graciosa, Pico,
Faial, Sao Jorge, Corvo and Flores. As far as we know, they are all from
a volcanic eruptions and still seem to be active as far as registering
seismic movements. Culture, tradition and religion have always been closely
linked and therefore there is a tight tie between the festive celebrations
held all over the islands in the small chapels from the 26th of August
until the 31st. This celebration is to honour the Holy Spirit which the
islanders feel will protect them from any natural disaster, especially
the ones related to its volcanoes. Of all territories that Portugal once
possessed, only Macao, the Azores Islands and Madeira still remain.
Under the command of Henry
the Navigator, these islands became a very important stop over for ships
sailing in the Atlantic Ocean. Therefore, they received visitors from all
over the world who not only brought riches and stories but also fruits,
spices and plants.
Sao Jorge, Azores, Portugal
In 1420, Henry sent settlers
to the island of Madeira with plants that he thought would grow well in
the volcanic ground and in the mild year round climate typical there; the
grapevine and sugar cane being the best product up until now, both heavily
used in the Portuguese cuisine and well as other spices like the black
pepper and cinnamon.
But nowadays, the Azores
have changed their tea, tobacco and fruit fields for livestock and tourism.
Azores Islands and Its Third-Terceira As its name well announces, Terceira
was the third island discovered by the Portuguese around 1450 having had
as its original name that of Island of Jesus Christ. At the beginning Praia
was the capital, being the first beach were the Flemish colonizer Jacome
de Bruges first settled. But as we all know, improvements were made and
they decided to use the town of Angra do Heroismo as the new capital, probably
because it was well protected by the bay (angro) and the Brasil Mountain
standing strong against the ocean. Here, there is a 17th century castle
called Saint John the Baptist. All over the islands there are lagoons which
look like big cauldrons which offer a breathtaking view of its natural
surroundings. If I had to recommend one or two outstanding features, I
would probably describe the beautiful Se or Cathedral with its bell tower
decorated in blue, green and white tiles. Or even more so are the curious
windows that the houses still have, made from stones in an arched formation
with gaily painted frames such as green, blue and yellow. And the glass
in these windows look like its cracked or iced.
Easy Come and Easy Go to
Azores Islands - But as all practical traveller, the question of getting
there and accommodations is always an important aspect to look into when
planning a comfortable holiday. On all the islands, tourism is very well
cared for and the hotels are tops. You can choose between sea front four
star hotels or a quaint rural house in the mountains or simple camping.
And in the location of Lajes on the Terceira island and in Ponta Delgada
in Sao Miguel island, there are airports which have daily flights between
them and to Lisbon on mainland Portugal.
Magic by Robina Hearle
'Let's go swimming with the
Dolphins' my husband said. He had found a company on the internet that
organised it. So off we set to the Azores, it was to be our last big family
holiday. I set an intention that the holiday would bring the family closer
together and improve communication between us. I also had made up my mind
to make a Dolphin Essence; I did not at that stage know how I was to achieve
it but trusted I would know when the time came. Pico was the Azorean island
that we stayed upon. Stewart one of the holiday guides had said 'you have
to get out of your comfort zone to grow as a being', well swimming in the
Atlantic 1-2miles off shore with thousands of feet of water below you was
certainly getting out of my comfort zone! The sea was not cold, surprisingly
warm considering how far out we were. The water was bright blue when you
were in it. The sunlight reflected back from the depths in incredible white
shafts of light. I eventually felt at home and did not want to get out.
Cruz Church, Ribeiras, Island of Pico, Azores
|The sea was an experience
in itself, the Dolphin encounters were something else. The clicks of the
Dolphins could be clearly heard in the water; often you could hear them
before you saw them. When we were on board the boat the communications
between the Dolphins could be heard. On first seeing the Dolphin I could
feel my heart chakra open, so much love poured out of me. Each time we
went out and saw them the same thing happened. It was as if they were a
catalyst to the core of emotion .I even woke in the night surrounded by
love. The people in the group, my husband and I included began to have
vivid dreams even after the first Dolphin encounter, something at a deep
level was changing. The people on the trip all began to have shining eyes
and smiles were firmly fixed on all faces. We saw and swam with five types
of Dolphin, saw sperm whale and my husband and eldest daughter had an encounter
with a blue whale.
The encounters brought real
excitement, delight and joy to us. We were at times surrounded by huge
pods of Dolphins. I had an experience where I was in the water holding
the hand of one of the guides [while I got my courage up!] and five common
dolphin circled15 feet below us, they stayed for ages, we watching them
and they were watching us. The Dolphins displayed curiosity, abandoned
joy, grace and ease of being. The mothers guided their curious offspring
who wanted to be in the front of the boat, the mothers would steer them
away. The pods spent time socialising.
Groups of five or more would
jump in perfect synchronicity out of the water. Others would jump so they
could see what was going on. We recorded an incident where one Dolphin
jumped five times out into the air. They know how to have unlimited fun!
The day the essence was made
was an extremely powerful day. I was directed to put a glass of water on
the front of the boat when we left harbour and there it stayed until we
returned. So we are all back home to the humdrum of life. I can definitely
say we have all changed. My intention that the holiday would bring us closer
together has certainly worked and communication and ease of being with
one another has improved without a shadow of a doubt .I think we are all
happier in ourselves and we have grown as people. To be able to re-experience
the energy we just have to relive our encounters, watch our recordings
or take the essence.
|For families that are split
by emotions and circumstance who need to unite, bond and socialise. For
people who find it difficult, or do not know how to socialise, bond and
belong. For people who have lost or did not know how to have joy and fun
in their lives, perhaps believing they did not deserve it or felt guilty.
For mothers who need help to guide and protect their children, improve
or awaken the mothering instinct. For healthy curiosity and inquisitiveness.
For people who are wound up, worried and stressed and need to be more easy
This essence was made on
the 28.8.06, on a boat on the Atlantic Ocean off the island of Pico in
the Azores. It is a combination of energies from, striped, spotted but
mainly bottle-nosed dolphins.
with Volcanic Island of Pico Beyond, Horta, Faial Island, Azores
We as a group of people swam
with the wild bottle-nosed dolphins and after that once we were back on
board the whole pod of about 100 dolphins surrounded the boat. The dolphins
then proceeded to play, jump, do somersaults, ride the bow wave, come and
look at us, especially the young who were then escorted away by their mothers.
This continued for about an hour. It was a great privilege to have so much
of their time and attention and it was very special. We all felt afterwards
the incredible magical energy of the dolphins; it was as if we had been
attuned to their energy. We felt very high! By the time we reached the
harbour the essence had been made.
|About the Author - Robina
Hearle is a flower essence therapist and producer. Her range of essences
can be seen at www.rosecottagefloweressences.co.uk
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