AZORES - Island of Terceira, São Jorge and Pico - 1999

In 1999, I did my first baptism of flight. Although the flight was not as far as I wanted in my dreams, it was the initial ignition for new and longer flights. I was flying for the first time on the Atlantic Ocean, towards its most beautiful "Pearls" anchored by geological moorings in the abyssal depths, to the effervescence of life on its surface.

To glimpse for the first time in the distance these dark dots as ghosts lost in the infinite oceanic blue, is something that touches us in the soul. A little more than an hour by plane from the Continent (Portugal), I could not stop thinking how long our Portuguese navigators, in their tiny and fragile Caravels, in that sea of fury, to get there...

J.P Oliveira  

THE FIRST TRIP...  

ISLAND OF TERCEIRA / SÃO JORGE / PICO - 1999

Terceira Island; with beautiful city of Angra do Heroísmo (UNESCO World Heritage since 1983), leaves us marveling at the great architectural beauty. The dark volcanic stone of the sidewalks, contrasts unequally with the immaculate white of the houses, everything is majestically beautiful and harmonious...

São Jorge Island; magnificent and beautiful the island of the Archipelago of the Azores. The Fajãs look like tongues of earth wedged between the cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean, which stubbornly resist the fury of the sea and give shelter to people molded to the bitterness of time, are a wonderful sight to the eyes.Across the channel, Pico Island, provides a charmingly fantastic landscape, resembling a floating platform with a pinnacle in the middle, wrapped in circles of persistent clouds. Formations of dark stone Basaltic spiked on all sides, leaves us bowed before the great demonstration of the geological force of the Nature.

Pico Island; Of all the trip I made to the Azores at that time, I keep the spectacular crossing of the channel between São Jorge and Pico. I did not have the pleasure of seeing bouncy dolphins, or the snows at the top of the Pico Volcano cone, but it was still less spectacular...                                      We made the crossing in a small boat, the water was within reach of a hand. The splashing of the keel when tearing the water along with the curling caused by the movement of the boat in successive swoops against the waves filled our lips with a deliciously salty taste. Like children. I, and my wife, in endless ripped laughs, delighted in this fantastic moment.

Got to know a shortly. Wanting to see more. The will, one day there to return with more time...to return, to the Azores. 

SOME ADVICES:

Go with time, if you choose to visit the central group of the Azores. If the destination is 2 or 3 islands, at least one week.
If possible rent a car on any island, it is more practical to visit the places of greater interest and probably more economical, than to ride a taxi... Take shoe all terrain, but comfortable. A raincoat is also advisable, in the Azores it is normal the rain showers most of the year. Fill the belly with the local gastronomy, in particular with the fresh fish dishes and the good beef. Do not forget the cheese... If you like a beautiful dip in crystal clear waters, it is worth going there prepared...

 Texts and images of; J.P Oliveira

Vila de Velas, São Jorge - AZORES 1999


Author note: The images about this post, unfortunately are few and of poor quality. In 1999, it was still in the beginnings of digital photography... Nikon, launched that same year, first digital (DSLR) camera to D1 with a 2.7 megapixel sensor. I unfortunately still had no money for such a toy and I was content with my Nikon analogue reflex... lenses without VR system and ISO 200 or 400 rolls, which had to save on the shots... 

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GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY OF TERCEIRA

"Terceira is an island in the Azores archipelago, in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the larger islands of the archipelago, with a population of 56,000 inhabitants in an area of approximately 396.75 square kilometres (153.19 square miles). It is the location of the Azores' oldest city, Angra do Heroísmo, the historical capital of the archipelago and UNESCO World Heritage Site; the seat of the judicial system (Supreme Court); and the main base of the Azores Air Zone Command(Portuguese: Comando da Zona Aérea dos Açores), Base Aérea nº 4, and a United States Air Force detachment..."

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terceira_Island

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GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY OF SÃO JORGE

"São Jorge is an island situated in the central group of the Azores archipelago and part of the autonomous region of Portugal. Separated from its nearest neighbors (Pico and Faial islands) by the 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) Pico-São Jorge Channel, the central group is often referred colloquially as part of the Triangulo ("Triangle") group or just "The Triangle". São Jorge is a relatively long thin island with tall cliffs, whose 9500 inhabitants are concentrated on various geological debris fields (fajãs) along the north and south coasts; from east to west, the island is 53 kilometres (33 mi) long and, north to south, 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) wide: its area is 237.59 square kilometres (91.73 sq mi)..."

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Jorge_Island

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GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY OF PICO

Pico Island is an island in the Central Group of the Portuguese Azores. The landscape features an eponymous volcano, Ponta do Pico, which is the highest mountain in Portugal, the Azores, and the highest elevation of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In the tradition of the Portuguese poet, Raul Brandão, Pico is referred to as the Ilha Preta ("Black Island"), for its black volcanic earth, responsible for its UNESCO-designated historical vineyards that allowed the development of the island.

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pico_Island