Depending on how you look at it, Europe either begins or ends here at the Western-most Azorean island of Flores, which, along with Corvo, forms the western group of islands of the archipelago.
Casino Royale was inspired by Fleming's career at the Naval Intelligence. In Portugal during WWII Fleming and the Director of Naval Intelligence, Admiral Godfrey,visited the famed Estoril Casino.
The volcanic genesis of the Azores is unmistakable. Thousands of years of vegetation cannot hide the deep craters, many of which are now filled with deep lakes. Geysers and sulfur springs are common. The Azores are also known for their rolling landscapes, sprinkled with tiny settlements of whitewashed or black stone houses. The hillsides are planted with vineyards, fruit orchards, and tea plantations. Some coastlines are strewn with black rocks, rugged and often plunging hundreds of feet into the emerald sea.
In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean… Just 4 hours from Sweden... you find the Azores, a collection of nine islands scattered over several hundred nautical miles. With direct and non-stop flights - the trip from Stockholm can take just 4 hours, and cost less then 300 euros return.
Cozido is made by cooking meats and vegetables in a sealed pot for 5ix hours by the steam of the hot springs along the shores of Furnas Lake.
In the Azores, Mardi Gras is known as “Carnaval” a celebration starting on Saturday, March 1, 2014 and continuing through Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Parades and pageants are at the heart of the Carnaval festivities. There is lively music, colorful costumes, hand-made masks and floats.
New front door to Ponta Delgada
After World War II, Santa Maria Airport ceased to be a military base and became a civil airport of strategic importance, allowing international stops for refueling in the middle of the Atlantic. The Airport also became the center of life and development for the island. Travelers came from various parts of the world and contributed to the introduction of new cultural ideas on Santa Maria.
Historically, one of the staples Portuguese meals is bacalhau--a dried, salted cod eaten throughout Portugal. In fact, they say that there are 365 different ways to make cod, one for each day of the year. But those ways vary north to south, east to west.
Rest in Peace, Eusébio