History

Azorean Bullfights

Azorean Bullfights

Tourada de Cordas–Bullfight of Ropes Terceira, along with only a couple of the other smaller islands of the Azores, has a unique bullfighting tradition. No swords. Generally no blood. Lots of spectacle, with an intention to do no harm, have fun and keep everyone...

The Imperios Of Terceira

The Imperios Of Terceira

This is another (this one pre-Christian!) sweet tradition still going strong on Terceira. One cannot miss the lovely, dollhouse-like chapels located in each village and neighborhood. Each is unique, and most carefully fit the character of their neighborhood, like the...

10 Things To Do When Visiting Terceira

10 Things To Do When Visiting Terceira

What is there to do in Terceira? What kinds of things are there to do?” Generally, the answer is this: If you are looking for commercial entertainment or a resort type setting, you will likely be disappointed. However, if you are looking for beautiful nature, peace...

How To Learn European Portuguese

How To Learn European Portuguese

European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese To be clear, there are a lot of differences between Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese, or, as it is sometimes called, Continental Portuguese. Simply put, the difference is very similar to that of British English...

Can You Swim In The Azores?

Can You Swim In The Azores?

Almost every parish also has a Zona da Balnear – very special places to swim, sun and dawdle by the water. The two cities, Angra and Praia, have beautiful sandy beaches, with such clear water that you can watch fish when you walk out on the breakwaters. Much of the...

What Are Azores Famous For?

What Are Azores Famous For?

Azores Islands, though the name is somewhat familiar. Where are the islands? Are the Azores safe? Are they part of Portugal? Are they a country? I will try to answer these and other questions, based on my personal experience. The first time I ever heard of the Azores...

Portugal and Terceira: Rich with History

Portugal and Terceira: Rich with History

Portugal and Terceira: Rich with History Start with a great book: “The First Global Village” My globe-traveling niece found this book, The First Global Village, How Portugal Changed the World, by Martin Page. When we became completely enamored of the Azores, my...

My April 25, 1974 Adventure

My April 25, 1974 Adventure

Growing up I devoured our monthly editions of National Geographic. This contributed to my curiosity about other cultures and the great unknown. So, in 1972 I cashed in my hard-earn Savings Bonds, drained my paper-route savings account and left Colorado for...