The Azores Islands Travel



The Azores Islands are a great place to travel to, they have an interesting history – here are some of the facts.

The Azores islands are 9 islands that belong to Portugal.

The islands were formed by volcanic activity some three hundred thousands years ago, some areas are – as recent as 70 years ago.

The most popular way of getting from island to island is by boat or plane.

When inland you can drive a auto, ride bicycle or hike.

The Azores (Acores in Portuguese) are renowned for world-class whale watching, hot mineral springs, and quaint seaside towns.

Each of the nine islands that make up the Azores,  has its own fascinating identity and charm.

These islands can be divided into three recognizable groups located on the Azores Platform:

The Eastern Group (Grupo Oriental) of São Miguel, Santa Maria and Formigas Islets.

 

The Central Group (Grupo Central) of Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial.

The Western Group (Grupo Ocidental) of Flores and Corvo.

Watch the Video below, it’s a Vacation Travel Guide – which highlights the natural beauty of the Azores Islands of Portugal:

As you just saw in the video, the beaches aren’t the only attraction in the Azores.

The volcanic calderas, hot springs, valleys, waterfalls, lakes and mountains make these islands a remarkable must see nature evolution.

Which really highlights the natural beauty of the planet.

The Azores islands are the ideal setting for nature lovers –  it’s green  – full of  trees, plants, and flowers.

That came into existence under the most intriguing set of circumstances – ancient volcanic activities.

The islands are also great for sea lovers – some of the best views of the islands are best seen from the ocean.

Whale watching, swimming with friendly fishes and go scuba diving are some of the activities you can enjoy in the Azores.

The average temperature in the sea is about 70 degrees fahrenheit.

You can also enjoy the islands beauty by renting a car. There’s  very little traffic in the islands, which allows you to be able to stop and take in the sites.

For those who like to walk or hike you’ll enjoy following the trails.

One of the most exciting trails is the one that leads you to the highest mountain in Portugal – Pico.

The trail to it has some breathtaking views which makes walking/hiking fun – for those who never hiked before. A great place to start.

The proximity of the sea from all sides turns walking long distances into a great adventure.

Watch the video below and click on the link that follows to get travel information to the Azores.

Once you are in the islands, enjoy the local dishes.

Some are prepared  – the good old fashion way.

Ask the natives what that is and be prepared to be amazed and delighted.

Enjoy your trip, send me some photos of your favorite activities in the Azores ……..

Travel to Grand Canyon National Park

Travel  to the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a gift from the past, take the time to enjoy it. Walk along it’s trails, and feel the brilliance of the sun upon your skin; as the wind blows thru your hair.

Experience a sunrise or sunset in the Canyon, and feel the connection between the elements, as you gaze upon the shadows of time – as the sun sets or rises over different parts of the land.

The Grand Canyon is a great place to travel and it’s opened all year. The North End reaches a height-over 2,700 m (8,858 feet). It’s opened from May to October, if weather conditions allow it.

The South End, has an average altitude of 2,300 m (7,546 feet). Hiking from the South End to the river usually takes two days.

The Grand Canyon National Park encompasses more than 1.2 million acres, the vast majority of which are inaccessible due to the predominance of cliffs.

There are plants and animals in the area, mainly those who survive in the desert.

The Colorado River bisects the canyon; if you are a hiker and want to cross the river you can only do it at Phantom Ranch.

If you choose to hike from rim to river to rim, you will have to deal with an elevation differential of more than 10,000 feet from start to finish.

Recommendations

The Grand Canyon National Park is huge; plan the areas you want to visit – divide those by hours or days -then find out what tours are available.

I recommend the Grand Canyon Tour Company, they offer a large variety of tours, some of the more popular ones are:

Helicopter Tours, White Water Rafting Tours, Colorado River Float Trips, Jeep Tours, Bus Tours, Train Tours, Airplane Tours, and lots more.

Heights and Distances can be Deceiving –  play it safe. Take a tour. 

The Grand Canyon Tour Company has been serving Las Vegas visitors since 1982.

Driving

If driving keep your gas tank full the next gas station may be quite some distance down the road.

Carry water in your car, particularly during summer months.

Biking at Grand Canyon National Park

Bicycles are not available for rent at the park.  Bicycle riders in Arizona are subject to the same traffic rules as automobiles. Use extreme caution when riding on park roads; shoulders are narrow and vehicle traffic is heavy.

The West Rim Drive is open to bicycles throughout the year, but remember that during the summer months there is heavy bus traffic on the West Rim Drive. Use caution and do not obstruct the traffic.

Bicycles are not allowed on any park trails.
Mountain bikes are allowed only on those roads open to automobile traffic.

Photos

Don’t forget your camera – and take the best photos of your life. One idea is to take a picture of the same area at different times of the day.

The Grand Canyon is known for it’s pictures, by word of mouth – usually from friends and neighbors who been there.

Besides creating a beautiful site – the shadows create a world a within a world – like a natural clock. Can you tell what time it is by the shadows?

We must ensure that future generations have the opportunity to establish their own connections with nature and the Grand Canyon National Park is the place to do it.

Let me know how your trip went……………

Wernigerode Travel

During the course of the year we hear our self say, ” I need a vacation”.  The main reason usually is; that you feel tired. You want to sleep late and break from your daily routine.

You then start to plan a vacation. You need to travel.

Resting is included, even though it’s not written in any of your notes. Thereafter, you go on vacation and return home just as tired as you were when you left.

Here’s a tip: Green areas are known to be restful.

There is a great little town – in Germany – called Wernigerode, it’s green and it’s the perfect place to travel and rest.

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Wernigerode has a interesting history,  architecture is southwest of Halberstadt. The small town of Wernigerode lies at the base of the Brocken. It has a castle that sits on a hill; overlooking medieval houses with elaborate wood carvings. The Holtemme river flows through the town, and it’s joined by the Zillierbach stream, on the north slopes of the Harz Mountains.

The town’s borough consists of Hasserode, Nöschenrode, Stadtfeld, Burgbreite and Harzblick. As well as the villages of Benzingerode, Minsleben, Silstedt, Schierke and Reddeber.

The amounts of precipitation and temperatures in Wernigerode, are influenced by the Harz Mountains. Wernigerode was the capital of the medieval County of Stolberg-Wernigerode.

Listen to your body, if you want to go on vacation – so you can rest. Do it.

The hotel you chose for vacation, has a lot to do with the amount of rest you get.

Resting during your vacation, is not a myth. It’s a choice.

Brief Historic Facts

After the Napoleonic War in 1815, Wernigerode became part of the Prussian Province of Saxony. After World War II, Wernigerode was included in the new state Saxony-Anhalt.

In 1990, Wernigerode became part of the restored state of Saxony-Anhalt – after the German reunification.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are no written sources confirming exactly when the town was established.

The town’s name suggests; that it was a protected settlement. Klint was the first area to be settled, there was a small castle called Schnakenburg. In 1805, the ruins of the castle site were demolished. Klint was an ancient forest at the time of the settlement, typical of the Harz area.

On the 17th of April of 1229,  the settlement was granted town rights along the lines of that for Goslar.

In 2004, Wernigerode celebrated the 775th anniversary,  of that occasion.

The suffix –rode –  in the name Wernigerode = means clearing.

The Marketplace

Wernigerode contains several interesting Gothic buildings, the Town Hall has a timber facade from 1498.

Hasseröder lager, cigars and dyes are among the products manufactured in Wernigerode.

Wernigerode has numerous museums, galleries, libraries, and monuments.

Everywhere in this town is that pleasant freshness of the woods and nature, at a distance you can hear the streams running thru the rocks.

One of the most beautiful walk trails – starts at the edge of the town and follows the River.

Schloß Wernigerode Castle

The original Schloß Wernigerode Castle was built in the 12th century, but the present castle was built between 1862 and 1893 by Karl Frühling and includes parts of the medieval building.

Werningerode Castle is a breathtaking palace, in the Harz Mountains.

It was originally used as a hunting lodge for the old emperors of Germany.

Visitors as well as locals may be invited to banquets in the main dining hall of the castle.

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The castle is available to those desiring a fairy-tale wedding!

Train

Harzer Schmalspurbahn is a narrow gauge railway that leads from Wernigerode to the Brocken, 1141 meters to the highest peak in the Harz Mountains.

It goes to Nordhausen  – South of the Harz Mountains. The second highest peak is 971 meters – Wurmberg it’s accessible by cable car.

Take a ride an old steam train to the top the mountain; the network of narrow-gage rails runs through a number of towns in the Harz

The Harz Mountains – The land of  Fairy Tales

Steep-Roofed Houses, Cobblestone Roads, Enchanting Forests, Crystal Color Streams of water and Stormy Mountains.

Sounds familiar, yes it’s the Harz area a beautiful restful place tucked away deep in a wooded valleys.

It also sounds looks like the scenes of your favorite childhood stories:

The Harz Mountains have long been famous as an important source of German folklore.
There are many stories that are well known throughout the world of the witches, royalty, dwarves and animals in the Harz area.

Here are some of the most popular:

Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Tom Thumb, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, The Frog Prince, and The Wolf and the Seven Kids.

Find any of your favorites?

You can find lots of books to read, to relax with in Wernigerode

Don’t forget to include some fairy tales.

This region is also known for it’s many silver mines; many villagers made their living underground and the towns’ wealth is said to have come from the mines.

 

There are hints of this in the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Hike,Walk,  Rest 

If you like hiking, walking, riding bike, or just sitting in front of a stream and soaking your feet.

Weinigerode is a great place to do it.

Get the rest you  want, next time you plan a vacation – consider Wernigerode, Germany.

Don’t forget to pack your camera -o you can take photos of it’s ancient structures and your favorite fairy tales.

Let me know how your trip went….