2017. july 18. - tuesday

How to use the parking meter in Ponta Delgada? Tips & Tricks to parking on Sao Miguel Island

Don't get me wrong: the usage of parking meters in Ponta Delgada looks and is, in fact, very easy. However, I have seen so many people looking unsure that I thought it is time to create a quick "How to".

In the main cities, viewpoints, and at main sights the parking is effortless. There are visitor parking lots available everywhere.

Please note, that - unless it is clearly indicated to be a parking area - parking on the side of the road is not allowed.

The parking is metered in Ponta Delgada, in Riberia Grande, in parts of Vila Franca do Campo and in the touristic areas of Furnas.
2017. july 17. - monday

Malassada - the doughnut of the Azores

My first BIO girl post is about a glutinous food, which unfortunately I was not able to taste. In fact I could hardly even take a photograph, because of all the people queueing to get their Malassada.

I noticed first at the medieval fair that there is a huge crowd waiting in front of small food stall which said "Malassadas". Thanks to my improving command of Portuguese I found out that malassadas are the doughnut of the Azores.

The preparation is similar to the Hungarian doughnut, but the Azores version has this wonderful crystallized sugar icing - I need to find out how it is made. I am already working on obtaining an original recipe.

Until then, the first Portuguese word for gluten eaters should be: Malassada!
2017. july 17. - monday

Feira Quinthentista - What do native Africans and a medieval fair on the Azores have in common?

Yesterday I have been to a wonderful medieval fair in the town of Riberia Grande. The name of the fair in Portuguese is: Feira Quinhentista na Ribeira Grande 2017.  This fair has been somewhat different compared to the festivals I have attended before, however in all of these events dancing and music are the core elements. The fair lasts for a week, with different programs and activities every day. There was a horse show, theater, singing and dancing, and of course fireworks every evening. I came upon the African Court, which has been a very essential part of the fair, with lots of African dance shows. But what exactly have native Africans and the a medieval fair on the Azores have in common? Read on to find out.
2017. july 01. - saturday

Excursion around Lake Furnas and the hydrangea fields

It is not a coincidence that I chose the small town of Furnas to be my new home. I would like to show you a few pictures I took during an excursion we made a few days ago. In my opinion Furnas is a MUST SEE city on the island. I sincerely hope that my pictures will inspire future travelers to do so.

The pictures of the lake were made from the Pico do Ferro viewpoint. The rest of the pictures were taken on our way to the viewpoint. The hydrangeas are in full bloom right now. These beautiful and colorful flowers turn the island even more like a fairytale during this month.

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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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