søndag den 24. oktober 2010
lørdag den 23. oktober 2010
Sete Cidades is a civil parish in the center of the municipality of Ponta Delgada, that is likewise located in the center of a
massive volcanic crater three miles across, also referred to as Sete Cidades. The smallest parish by population (although
largest in area), Sete Cidades's population was 858 (2001), in an area of 19.22 km² (its density is 44.6/km²).
The parish is widely recognized as an ex-libris of the island of São Miguel by locals and members of the Portuguese diaspora.
onsdag den 13. oktober 2010
Based on plantations started by Thomas Hickling in the 18th century and continued in the 19th century, Terra Nostra Park,
in the picturesque parish of Furnas, is a romantic vision of ponds, winding paths, flowers, centuries-old exotic trees and
silence. Two streams converge in the park and there is a pond of warm thermal water that is used as a swimming-pool.
In 1990 Filipe Bensaude started another renovation of The Terra Nostre Garden with English gardeners and a
handful of tree surgeons. Local engineers rebuilt the canals and the tree surgeons worked on approximately 2,500 trees.
New species of trees and plants were brought in including a collection of Rhododendrons, a Malesian native species of
tropical mountains. Terra Nostra is the only garden in Europe that can grow these plants outdoors and unprotected.
Most recently a garden of cycads, a fern garden and formal flower and plant gardens were added.
Going to the Azores, or more specifically to São Miguel without visiting this garden is much like going to Rome and
not visiting the Sistine Chapel."