We bought souvenirs as well as a few of pieces of clothing and returned to the hotel around lunchtime to meet up with our brother in law and young niece and have lunch together.
The hotel where we stayed - Sao Miguel Park Hotel - was very comfortable, had an indoor pool, sauna and gym, as well as an outdoor pool which wasn't being used at this time of year.
The staff was also very friendly and attentive and the breakfast buffet was very good.
|The Sao Miguel Park Hotel|
The hotel bedroom
|Views from the hotel balcony|
|Views from the hotel|
Sunset view from the hotel
|Murals on a garage door near the Hotel|
Traditionally all the buildings in the Azores islands are painted white with the dark volcanic basalt stone surrounding window and door frames.
Churches and other important older buildings show off intricate designs around their doors, windows and gates.
|Basalt door surround|
|Basalt columns support the gates|
After lunch, we drove about 26km to Lagoa das Sete Cidades (Seven cities Lagoon) on the western side of the island.
This lagoon in a volcano crater, the biggest lake in the island, is made up of 2 lakes narrowly connected, and crossed by a bridge, with the particularity that one side appears to be green and the other blue. The width of the lakes is 4,2km and the depth reaches up to 33mt.
Legend has it that in this local, a blue eyed Princess fell in love with a green eyed goat herder. The King who wished for his daughter to marry a Prince, when he heard about his daughter's love interest, he prohibited their relationship. The Princess asked for a last meeting with her love and while they both talked about their sad destiny, they both cried so much, that from her blue eyes the Blue Lagoon was formed, and from his green eyes the Green Lagoon was formed. Both were separated, but their tears were forever united side by side in the Seven Cities Lagoon. Isn't this beautiful?
From the top of the crater, 250mt above sea level, there is a scenic viewpoint called - Vista do Rei (King's View) - so called, because this was the place where in 1901, the Portuguese King D. Carlos and Queen D. Amelia, were dazzled by this view, when they visited the island.
|Seven cities Lagoon in the crater of a volcano|
|The lakes with the bridge across them and the Sete Cidades town on the other side|
|At Kings View - The family with the lagoons behind.|
Left to Right (back) - my husband, his brother, my brother in law, our daughter/ L to R (front) - my sister, our niece and I.
|Panel made with tiles showing the lagoon|
|A half finished and abandoned Hotel looks a bit desolate amidst the beautiful scenery|
We drove down the twisting roads to the village of Sete Cidades, and on the way stopped to photograph some cows freely grazing in the green fields.
The Azores produce one of the best meats, very tender and tasty, and this is all due to the fact that their cows roam around eating grass. They are also producers of good quality milk, butter and various cheeses - one of my favourites being - Sao Jorge cheese, with a peppery taste. We even bought some to bring to Australia!
|Rainbow over the lake|
I took some photos that showed the beautiful blend of colours around the lake, and managed to catch a rainbow too.
We drove back to the hotel and while the men played pool, my sister and I enjoyed some relaxing time in the sauna, jacuzi and swimming pool before getting ready for dinner.
After dinner we had a drink at the hotel bar and I remembered my cake and went to fetch it from our bedroom.
As soon as I walked in the bar with the cake box, the lady behind the bar quickly came over to our corner and handed us plates and cake forks and a knife!
Wow, I was surprised with the good service, we hadn't even asked for those things and she anticipated what we needed!
So once again the staff at the Sao Miguel Park Hotel deserve a big THANK YOU!
As there was still enough cake after we all had a slice I gave her a slice as well as a slice each for the two American couples at the bar.
Another day in Paradise!!Hope you are enjoying the Island, there's more to come soon.
Tuesday 3 March 2015