São Miguel Island, The Azores

The Azores are small islands in the Atlantic ocean that are part of Portugal. It was our first visit to San Miguel (one of the islands) and we thoroughly enjoyed it. A week full of fun, peaceful nature and good food. We are certainly coming back to explore the rest of the islands.

The islands are with volcanic origins and the basalt rocks are visible everywhere. There are number of calderas turned into lakes, as well as natural hot springs activity. Due to the humid climate the islands are lush green with extensive range of shrubs, trees and flowers – very pretty sight when trekking along its numerous trails or just enjoying the views from one of its viewpoints.




We visited the island last week and managed to enjoy some of the activities on offer, including:

– Whale and dolphin watching in Ponta Delgada (The marine life is plenty, however it can be wavy and one can feel sea sick…)

– Diving – the waters are not that warm, but the diving is fun with a wetsuit

– Bathing in Termas Ferraria (natural hot spring in the open sea lagoon, as well as spa)

– Bathing in the natural thermal pools of Furnas – those are around 39 C and brown in colour, due to the mineral composition of the waters

– Tasting the famous octopus dish in Musteiros, as well as seafood and fresh fish dishes in small family run restaurants along the island

– Trekking along the trails of Sete Cedades, Nordeste, Furnas and Villa Franca

– Sipping tea from the island’s very own tea factory, where the machinery is from Calcutta, India

– Driving along the well maintained and pretty roads of the island, and discovering the magnificent views one can enjoy (provided the day is sunny, as it often gets foggy here!)

– Tasting the wonderful cheeses and liquors the Islands produce (there are more cows that people here!)

– Making friends with the locals – very friendly people, indeed!  Smile

















Obrigado Azores!


Honk Kong – A Short And Fun-Filled Visit


Hong Kong welcomed us with a thunderstorm and a busy, but very organised airport. We arrived in Hong Kong at the end of March and stayed for 4 days as part of our Easter Holidays trip(the rest was in the sunny Philippines and part of my next post).

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Bears And Volcanoes of Kamchatka, Russia


In the far east of Russia lies the land of bears and volcanoes. That is the Kamchatka peninsula situated between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west. The volcanoes of Kamchatka are UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Skiing In Spain/ Esquiar En España


Spain is famous for its sunny, fun-filled beach holidays and few might know that winter sports are also practiced here. The ski resort of Baqueira-Beret located in the heart of the Pyrenees, in the Aran Valley and Àneu Valley Lleida provides all the facilities for fun-filled Spanish ski holiday. We spent five days here in February 2016 and truly enjoyed it. One can reach by car from Barcelona or Toulouse, France. The area is rural and extremely charming. Spanish and French are spoken here, as well as some English Smile

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Authentic Cuba – Travel Back In Time


Cuba is a fascinating country. We had truly unique experiences while visiting in April 2016 (the US president Obama was visiting Cuba at the same time).

The nature is unspoiled, the people are humble and friendly, the food is simple and tasty, and many things, including Internet and communications are way behind the world standards. The latter takes you back 25 – 30 years ago and you start feeling somewhat nostalgic for the almost forgotten past.

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Exploring Denmark – Scandinavian Culture and Nature

Aarhus – Horsens – Billund – Fanø – Odense – Roskilde – Helsingør – Copenhagen


This time we had one week for our mini road trip across Denmark. We hired a car from Aarhus airport and drove down to Horsens (to see some old friends) and to spend some days exploring the area. It was pouring rain all day and the weather was expected to be similar the whole week (this later proved partially true allowing us actually to enjoy the trip :)). We’ve been to Aarhus before and exploring it was not part of this trip. However, things worth doing/seeing here include a visit to Old Town of Aarhus, Moesgaard Museum, Viking festivals and celebrations throughout the year.

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