01March
2018
2018. march 01. - thursday

THE TOP 3 FESTIVALS ON THE AZORES IN 2018 EVERYONE NEEDS TO ATTEND

I consider not only the wonderful, lush greenery but also the happy and colorful religious and other kinds of festivals as parts of my core Azorean experience. Therefore, I have compiled my top 3 list of the best festivals: each with a short introduction and of course photos made by yours truly. If you were wondering when to travel to the Azores so that you take home not only the memories of the beautiful natural treasures, but also that of a vibrant community who loves celebrations - then this post is for you.
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23February
2018
2018. february 23. - friday

WINE IN AZORES – EXPERIENCES AND RESULTS FROM THE AZOREAN WINE FESTIVAL - PREPARATIONS FOR WINE IN AZORES 2018


This is the follow-up to one of my favorite posts ever, which might be of relevance to those planning to travel to the Azores or Portugal in 2018. The original post is about my experiences at the Wine in Azores festival in October 2017. This event has been a truly special experience, those 3 days with lovely people, divine wine, and other gastronomic treats - and all this on Sao Miguel island.

On the first day of the event I decided to make a little contest within the small group of Hungarian friends. Everyone in the group had to choose his or her favourite wine and favourite wine label. My goal is to help my readers and fellow travellers with a list of wines and wineries worth trying and visiting when in Portugal or in the Azores. Those doing a round-trip in Portugal, or doing city breaks in Lisbon or Porto have now a list of wonderful wine suggestions at their disposal. For those traveling to the Azores the following information might even inspire a wine-trip on Sao Miguel, or even trying the exceptional volcanic wines of Pico.

Once the list of "winners" was complete, I contacted these favourite wineries and asked them to answer a few questions about their wineries and wines. You can read these interviews below.
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31January
2018
2018. january 31. - wednesday

HOW TO GET TO THE AZORES? WHICH AIRLINE TO CHOOSE? IS IT WORTH TO MAKE A STOPOVER? HOW DID I PREPARE FOR MY MOVE TO THE AZORES?

MY TRAVEL EXPERIENCE WHEN MOVING TO THE AZORES

When I moved to the Azores I had quite a few suitcases with me (I was travelling with my parents, because I wanted to show them my new home). At this stage the choices to travel from Budapest to Ponta Delgada were somewhat limited. So I ended up opting for a combination of Wizz Air & TAP Portugal airlines. At Wizz Air I went for the Wizz Plus, at TAP Portugal the Business Class option. Sadly, when I booked our tickets there was no direct TAP Portugal flight between Budapest and Lisbon - but there is one since the summer of 2017 which makes planning and organizing trips to the Azores so much easier, and also more comfortable.
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07January
2018
2018. january 07. - sunday

THE END OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON ON THE AZORES - 6th OF JANUARY, EPIPHANY, KING CAKE (BOLO REI) & QUEEN CAKE (BOLO RAINHA)

6th of January, Epiphany (also known as King's Day)

What is Epiphany celebrating? What are the Epiphany traditions in Hungary and in Portugal?

The 6th of January, Epiphany - also known as King's Day - is a feast day marking the last day of the 12 day long Christmas celebrations. This day also marks the beginning of the Carnival - also known as Mardi Gras - season. It is customary for Christians in many localities - Hungary included - to remove their Christmas decorations. Traditionally, people used to believe that tree-spirits lived in the trees, holly, and ivy in their homes which brought blessings and good harvest. These spirits would seek shelter there during the cold winter, but if they weren’t released after Christmas their good energies would be gone.

When Jesus was born, January 6th marked the day when John the Baptist came to baptise him, and the three Kings (also known as three Wise Men) came with their gifts for the baby. I am not sure if the concept of nameday exists in other countries, but in Hungary, this day is also the nameday for the three Kings: Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar. According to the gospel the Wise Men followed the star of Bethlehem to Judea to pay homage to the newborn king of the Jews. But after not finding him in Jerusalem, King Herod sent them to Bethlehem where they found the child and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

In Italy the 6th of January marks the arival of Befana, the Good Witch, who brings presents to the kids. In Eastern Churches following the Julian calendar - for example the Orthodox Russians - this is the first day of Christmas celebrations (because of the 13-day difference between that calendar and the generally used Gregorian calendar). Consuming a Three Kings Cake is a popular Epiphany custom. This cake is called Roscón de Reyes in Spain, Vasilopita in Greece, Galette des Reis in France and Switzerland, and Bolo-Rei in Portugal.
 
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Hello, I am Rita. Bioengineer, marketing manager, and so much more. My first trip to the Azores has been so wonderful I have decided to move here. Since I have found very little information about the Azores in Hungarian, I have decided to start a blog collecting hints and providing advice to help fellow travelers. My aim is to motivate more people to go on vacation to the Azores, to help and assist fellow travelers, and finally through my adventures provide more information about this beautiful place. Please take a look around, and let me know if you have a question. I will do my utmost to provide an answer.

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This website is dedicated to my family and friends - to reassure them that I am doing well and enjoying my new life - and of course to everyone who wants to know more about the Azores, especially about the islands Sao Miguel and Furnas. This website might also be the starting point to plan a vacation or a wedding at the Azores. With my posts and the information contained within I would like to help every traveller to have the time of their lives when visiting the Azores. For foodies who would like to eat like a local or want to find the best restaurants on the isles, and also for people with food intolerance or allergies I recommend the posts in the section "BIO Girl in the Azores".


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