Cunard are running a competition for bloggers to create a pinboard based on one of their Mediterranean cruise destinations, in conjunction with Jen at LoveChicLiving and Denise at TheSwelleLife.
There are some lovely places listed, but I was immediately attracted to Horta, Azores. Not strictly speaking a Mediterranean destination as the Azores are in the Atlantic, but included in the list of choices for the competition. However I know from my holiday to São Miguel, that the Azores does have a Mediterranean feel from the Portuguese influence. We actually wanted to do a 2-island holiday to also include Faial, where Horta is, to see the volcanic crater, Caldera. But our dates weren’t compatible with flights so instead we had a few days in Lisbon instead.
Our holiday was many years ago, well before the boys were born and was a walking holiday. We used to enjoy both holidays to smaller less touristy islands and walking holidays and look forward to a few years time when the boys are old enough to enjoy walking holidays and son1 is well enough to go abroad. I’ve never been on a cruise and it would be lovely to go to Horta.
Our holiday to São Miguel was before I had a digital camera, so I don’t have the photos online to include on my pinboard but I’ve tried to find some similar images. It was a walking holiday and we were provided with maps and routes, but did come across the unexpected like a landslide having created an impassable large deep crater in the road. We stayed at the Terra Nostra besides the botanical garden with its thermal pool, great for soothing aches from each day’s walking.
So here is the link to my pinboard.
My father’s family is from São Miguel. Your Pinboard was nice for me to see. I’ve been to Portugal many times, but not off to the islands. Nice post.
Thank you. I have great memories of my stay on São Miguel and highly recommend a visit if you get a chance. I’m sure it would be nice to see the house where your grandparents lived and perhaps you still have family living there
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