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Praia da Vitória Municipality

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6 travelers at this place:

  • Day42

    Island Tour - Day 1.2

    February 10 in Portugal

    Marco showed us a rustic bull ring that is used in the summer months. No fancy capes or professional matadors here, just crazy people antagonizing the bulls and then trying to avoid getting butted by them. It is hilarious to watch the videos, especially with the running of the bulls down the main streets, but I can’t help but think it’s very abusive of the bulls. Marco tried to agitate the bulls in the field but they didn’t respond thankfully because he said they can tear right through the volcanic stone fence that pens them in!

    We stopped at Furnas do Enxofre to see the steaming sulfur-smelling fumaroles, proof that this is a volcanic island. There was very little steam though. After this we went to the Gruta do Algar do Carvao, a natural cavity in the earth that is more vertical than the usual cave. We went down steps to 100 metres (300 feet) below the surface. The stalagmites weren’t very impressive because it is a relatively young cave. All I could think of was that I preferred we not have an earthquake while we were down there!

    Since the weather was still cooperating Marco decided to head to the coastline. We stopped at a small vineyard in Biscoitos and had a tour and free tasting of a dessert wine. It was a nice break.
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  • Day46

    Praia da Vitoria

    February 14 in Portugal

    Mateus dropped us off in the centre of town which is about 4 km from our house. It’s a very pretty town with a population of 21,000, making it the second largest on the island. We walked throughout town but when we got to the Church of Santa Cruz the minister had just arrived. He welcomed us in, turned on the music and all the lights. He gave us a short tour and explained all the damage that was done in the 1980 earthquake....7.2 on the Richter Scale, killing 61, and injuring over 400. We left a donation. Quite the contrast to the church lady in Angra who wouldn’t allow us in if we didn’t pay, which didn’t seem like a godly approach. Every community has small churches, called Imperio, scattered throughout town for a quick prayer at any time of day. Some are prettier than others.

    I stopped at a small local handicraft shop and bought myself a cork necklace with a small flower made of fish scales. Sounds atrocious but it is actually very delicate. We ended our day trip at a pizza restaurant that had wifi hoping to connect with the world but it wouldn’t connect, which was disappointing. It was a quick 80 cent bus ride home.
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  • Day41

    Travel Day - Malaga to Terceira

    February 9 in Portugal

    We had an 11:15 flight to the Azores and were up early enough to walk the 20 minutes to the train station, despite the frequent “there’s a taxi!” from the person trailing behind me. The train takes you directly to the main entrance of the Malaga Airport, the 3rd largest in Spain. All this for about $3.50 each. When we were in the check-in line I struck up a conversation with the couple behind us and learned that they were from Brandon. They were also flying to Lisbon and then on to Toronto and Winnipeg, expecting a 25 hour travel day! They were about our age and had spent a month near Malaga, unfortunately being sick with some GI illness for most of the holiday. When we got to Lisbon we visited for awhile and then parted ways to head for the lounge where we could use our free passes. We had a 5 hour layover so it was a nice way to relax, eat and drink.

    Our 2.5 hour flight was full and John had the dreaded middle seat. We arrived safely around 7:30 and that’s all that really matters. The house I rented was a referral from my friend Gailene, as someone in her quilting group owned a home in Terceira. The owner, Margarida, made arrangements for her brother to pick us up at the airport at less cost than a taxi. On arrival, there was the smiling 70ish couple who greeted us with the customary two-cheek kiss. Our luggage was thrown into the open back of Lucinda and Mateus’s 19 year old Nissan truck and off we went.

    The small home is on a main road about 1 km from the nearest town, Cabo do Praia. It was very clean but the first thing we noticed was the high humidity, coolness and musty odour. Lucinda explained that she had washed all the pots and towels because they tend to get moldy. She left us some traditional cookies that she had baked in a type of wood-burning oven so that they have a smoked flavour (not my favourite cookie!). She also bought us some pastries, bread, margarine, milk and tea & coffee. What a wonderful welcome to Terceira!
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  • Day44

    Carnival

    February 12 in Portugal

    Marco and his parents recommended we experience Carnival Terceira-style. There are no parades or dancing in the streets. For 4 days before Lent the people gather in their local community centres. Non-professional theatre groups practice for weeks and then they travel to each community to perform their act, kind of like a Fringe Festival act that comes to you.. On our way home from Angra we stopped at the community centre to judge for ourselves. An unusual combination of brightly dressed musicians played and marched around the stage and the female band leader sang. This was followed by a 30 minute one act play, all in Portuguese of course, wrapping up with more band music and singing. These plays are usually comedy or political satire and we think this one was comedy with very few laughs from the audience of maybe 200 people. Before the next act performs, they shoot off a large and very loud firecracker to notify everyone of the next show, which can mean waiting anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. The people take this very seriously as this goes on until 4 in the morning and then they start all over again around 5 pm. They do this for 4 straight days. Only in Terceira!Read more

  • Day47

    Cabo da Praia

    February 15 in Portugal

    Our house was located at the top of a hill (seems to be a trend here!) about 1 km from Cabo, with a population of about 700. We had to walk to Cabo to catch the bus. I was always nervous to walk along the main road as the cars drove fast. It also seemed that almost every home had a large, vicious looking dog, some chained and some free. I learned to cross the road to avoid their frightening barking. The village also had free wifi and on our last two days I walked to town and sat on a bench to work on my blog. One day I made a new friend....a 9 year old boy who was sitting on his trike in the middle of the road facing on-coming traffic. The cars were just driving around him! I waved him over and I tried to have a conversation but he spoke no English. So I showed him photos on my iPad, which he was very interested in. When he left at least he didn’t return to the roadway. I felt sad for him.

    We had very good weather all week. Drizzled one day for about 5 minutes and it rained at night. It was 15-21 during the day with calm winds and 11-14 at night. Most days were partly sunny/cloudy. We dressed appropriately and were never cold. Now inside the house was another story. We estimated that the house temperature was at least 5 degrees colder than outside. Add the humidity and it was bone-chilling cold every evening. I would wrap myself in a lightweight, stuff-able down blanket I had brought with me just in case. With no TV (it stopped working on day 4) and no internet, we found our focus was on keeping warm. Actually the only time we were warm inside the house was when we were in bed, covered in multiple blankets. When I got up in the morning around 8 I would open the screened back door to let the warmth in. Mateus explained that none of their houses have heating but just every day cooking warms the house to about 18 degrees. Our home had been closed up for 6 months.

    I was warned by the owner that I may encounter the occasional cockroach, mouse or rat. I was so relieved that the only things I had to kill in the morning were 4 slugs and 1 cricket. We had to refrigerate all our food because of the high humidity in the house. For the first few days there was a very strong mildew smell. The humidity inside was so high that our towels never dried so I would hang them on the clothesline outside. It was so humid that it dissolved my vitamin pill, even though I had it in a sealed plastic container. In the evenings I made John the herbal tea that had been left for us. It wasn’t until the 4th evening that I discovered the tea inside the gauze pouches was full of mold! It’s a good thing that John doesn’t get too worried about things like that.

    On the positive side, every morning Mateus would be in the back yard working in his garden and would supply us with all the lettuce and cabbage that we wanted. I like the experience of staying in a community to see how the locals live day-to-day. If we hadn’t rented this house we never would have met Mateus, Lucinda and Marc who took us under their wings and treated us like family. . At $30 per night, the rental price was definitely a bonus. Would I stay there again? No thank you!
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  • Day48

    Ah-Chooo!!

    February 16 in Portugal

    On our first day in Terceira I had an irritating cough. I thought it was an allergic reaction to the mildewy smell in the house. By day 3 I had a full-blown cold. Two days after that John caught it. I was feverish, which made the house seem that much colder. Marc said he had heard there was a bad virus going around the island but I’m sure I got mine on the plane ride over. Airplanes are just a cesspool of germs. So our last 2 days were spent with me going into Cabo to use the internet and John sitting on the front landing, warming up in the sunshine.

    Terceira was beautiful and we were glad we included it in our itinerary.
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  • Day42

    Island Tour - Day 1.3

    February 10 in Portugal

    The coastline is very rugged with black volcanic rock. Marco showed us several swimming areas and I couldn’t believe how unsafe they looked....rocky with huge swells. The wild white calla lilies blooming along the edge of the cliffs seemed like such a stark contrast to the black volcanic rock. Hydrangea also grow wild here but they were not in bloom.

    It was a long 8 hour tour but we saw such a variety of sights....very impressive for a small island 18 x 29 km.Read more

  • Day202

    Porto Da Praia Da Vitória

    March 20 in Portugal

    Slight change of plans after the original change of plans. After changing the itinerary to not include the Azores we are now currently docking in the Azores.
    Yesterday I came across a passenger sitting on the stairs with her head in her hands. When I asked her if everything was okay she said she has pain in her chest and arm. I called the medical centre and waiting with her until they arrived. Today we found out that we were docking in Praia Da Vitória for a medial evacuation. My manager later told me that it's the woman from the stairs. Hopefully she will be okay and get the help she needs.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Praia da Vitória, Praia da Vitoria, Praia da Vitória Municipality, پرایا دا ویتوریا, პრაია-და-ვიტორია, 프라이아다비토리아, Praja da Vitorija, Вила-да-Прая-да-Витория, 普拉亞達維多利亞

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