At Lisbon airport waiting for connecting flight

Portugal



Ponta Delgada


Ponta Delgada


Ponta Delgada with Oriana

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Having seen Oriana sail through the Solent three days earlier after leaving Southampton, was a bit surprised to see her again on our holiday in the Azores!

Sao Miguel coastline near Mosteiros


Mosteiros beach


Mosteiros beach

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Spent a few minutes watching the talented surfers

Miradouro da Ponta do Escalvado


Church of Saint Nicholas, Sete Cidades


Our hire car for our trip to Azores


Lagoa Azul, Sete Cidades


Lagoa Verde, Sete Cidades


Lagoa Verde, Sete Cidades


Lagoa Azul, Sete Cidades


Lagoa Azul, Sete Cidades


View of the lakes of Sete Cidades from the abandon…


View of the lakes of Sete Cidades from the abandon…

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An HDR view

Abandoned Monte Palace Hotel

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Adjacent to arguably the most iconic viewpoint of the Azores, Sete Cidades on Sao Miguel, is the abandoned hotel formerly known as Monte Palace. Opened as a 5 star establishment in 1989, it only stayed opened for little more than one year before closing because of owner bankruptcy. At first, repossessed by banks, the site was guarded by security to prevent looting, but eventually this security was abandoned. Now little more than the shell of the building remains. Reasons for the business failure are subjective, but following issues were probably contributory. Undeveloped tourism industry in the Azores 25+ years ago, remote, (albeit incredibly scenic) location, and the lack of guaranteed sunshine (many times this location is shrouded in hill fog). It reminds us in this state of the brutalist architecture of the now demolished Tricorn shopping centre which was located in Portsmouth, England

Entrance to the abandoned Monte Palace Hotel

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Adjacent to arguably the most iconic viewpoint of the Azores, Sete Cidades on Sao Miguel, is the abandoned hotel formerly known as Monte Palace. Opened as a 5 star establishment in 1989, it only stayed opened for little more than one year before closing because of owner bankruptcy. At first, repossessed by banks, the site was guarded by security to prevent looting, but eventually this security was abandoned. Now little more than the shell of the building remains. Reasons for the business failure are subjective, but following issues were probably contributory. Undeveloped tourism industry in the Azores 25+ years ago, remote, (albeit incredibly scenic) location, and the lack of guaranteed sunshine (many times this location is shrouded in hill fog). It reminds us in this state of the brutalist architecture of the now demolished Tricorn shopping centre which was located in Portsmouth, England

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