Cha Gorreana, the Azores tea plantation on Sao Miguel Island

Is this your cup of tea? Cha Gorreana Tea is a family-owned business since 1883 that grows  both green and black teas.  From the same plant, black tea is fermented and green tea steamed.  Famous for their organic tea leaves, even the Chinese purchase from them. You are free to tour and see the equipment and techniques used.  Much of …

Terra Nostra Garden, the Botanical Gardens in the Azores

Where is it? These lush and dense gardens aged over 200 years are situated in the Furnas Valley.  A long extinct volcano, the crater measures approximately 7 m. in diameter. Hundreds of small streams and springs with various minerals feed the plant life indigenous to the region.  As well as century old trees, other varieties have been imported from North America, …

Shore Excursion in Ponta Delgada, Azores

Spending a day exploring the Azores: I am willing to bet that a trip to the Azores is not on your bucket list.  Well maybe you should consider it seriously if you enjoy scenic outdoor travel. After all, this archipelago of nine volcanic islands is considered the Hawaii of Europe. Where is it and why should you be interested? Situated …

European Train Travel Tip

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  People love Eurail  passes for their convenience.  But they are often not the best deal. You can book tickets directly from European railway websites and print tickets before leaving home. Austria (ÖBB): www.oebb.at Czech Republic (CD): www.cd.cz Dutch Railways: www.ns.nl Finland (VR): www.vr.fi France (SNCF) www.voyages-sncf.com Germany (Die Bahn): www.bahn.de Great Britain (all rail operators): www.nationalrail.co.uk Hungary (MAV): www.mav.hu …