A sailor‘s talisman

Sailing brings some romantic images to my mind: A peaceful slow journey mainly spent on the open ocean working with the elements. But I guess this is not quite what it truly is.

Have you ever been on a sailing boat? Are you maybe a sailor yourself? Oh, how I would love to hear your stories! Please share some in the comments to give us an idea of this spirit.

If you are not a sailor, you can sniff some sailor’s atmosphere in the marina of Horta in Faial in the Azores and hopefully here in my story. Horta is where every sailor, who crosses the Atlantic ocean or is on a round the world sailing tour, makes a stopover. Every sailor.

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A touch of the tropics

While days have become shorter, forests browner, and the sky grayer here in the North, I thought to share some colour splashes with you.

Pico in the Azores is not in the tropics, but it can really make you feel so. Temperatures don’t drop below 20 degrees Celsius during the night in summer, rain clouds and the sun mixed together are a guarantee for a humid and hot atmosphere. Luckily, the ocean is never far on this little jewel as you can see in my other story about the island: The Big Blue.

The vegetation is lush and the flowers astonishing. We drove around the island and suddenly saw flowers that reminded us of the tropics.

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O Cantinho da Emília

Do you like pizza or do you loooooove it? Isn’t a good pizza something you could eat on a regular basis? It is a big yes from me.

Having said that, it may not be that easy to get a real good pizza. Unless you prepare it yourself or live in Italy or have an authentic Italian pizzeria in your neighbourhood. Hands up who has!

Surely, you know the pizza takeaways. They look the same from the outside all over the world, don’t they? And the pizzas usually taste not that special. But they make for an easy dinner now and then.

On Pico in the Azores, we felt like eating something different and chilling on our balcony enjoying the sea view after dining out several nights in a row.

In an earlier post, I already told you a bit about Pico’s capital Madalena. It is a little town where you can do everything on foot and can’t get lost. On our walk way home one night we stumbled over a pizza takeaway. It was closed, but we kept the availability of pizza in mind. Read more