Wanderlust Azores- Brunch at Athanasio Pastelaria and the Inevitable Change

Who would have thought that it could be so difficult to eat in Terceira on a Sunday afternoon? But it was. Very few stores were open in the UNESCO city of Angra do Heroismo. Luckily this pastry shop, Athanasio Pastelaria, was.
imageApple turnover and almond pastryimageHot chocolate with ham and cheese quicheimageEspresso with cod and chicken puff pastry
imageWhen we were in the shop, many fellow tourists were also in the shop, talking about how few stores were open. I can see how tourism will definitely change this town, with how aggressive the travel agencies are marketing these trips with incredible deals (6 nights, hotel/round trip airfare/airport transport included for $699). I upgraded my package with a better hotel, a rental car and various day trips. Still, a trip to this pristine island for a little more than $1k per person? Amazing.

I would not be surprised if years later, there are plenty of shops open on a Sunday. My brunch was pleasant and delicious. The young woman in the shop spoke English and was friendly. The best part is that it was open on a Sunday afternoon. Happy happy me.

This experience took place at

Athanasio Pastelaria

Rua Sé 132
9700-191 Angra do Heroísmo
Phone: 295 213 702

Wanderlust Azores- Running Through Angra do Heroismo on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Christmas is a big deal here at Terceira and life stops during these two days. That sort of sucks for tourists. So I put on my sneakers and went for runs through the city of Angra do Heroismo. I saw a few things when I picked up my head and a few things when I kept to the ground. image Empty road into the cityimageEmpty city square on Christmas Eve!imageA bull statue representing the strong culture in the bull fighting tradition: one bull jumps on the person, one stumps on the person, and one drags the person away.imageThe city’s bull fighting arena. From middle of May to middle of October, there are on average three bull fights a day on the Terceira island. Each town will buy or commission a prized bull to represent the town in the fight. The more experience the bull, the more euro (from €1k to €3k) it commands.imageA loyal city resident that was barking at me
imageAnother city resident that didn’t trust me
imageMany city residents here. This was open on Christmas eve and I jogged through it. 🙂
image There are many patterns on the cobblestone road. This one made me smile because it looked like a child throwing a tantrum.imageFor the car enthusiast, this is an Audi A1 TDi, not sold in the US. imageKind of cute? Yet comes with a parking ticket. Warning: All adorable things in life come with baggage. imageAudi A2 TDi, not sold in the US and looking like a Pontiac Aztek or an ugly tennis shoe.imageNot as cute as the A1. Warning: Less attractive things in life tend to be less expensive and simpler to handle. imageAudi A3 TDi. Also not sold in the US. imageThe US version of the A3 is much sexier and more savvy looking.imageIn Terceira, there are no lights at major intersections. They use roundabouts. When Google Map lags behind, I go around in circles again and again until I know what directions to take. I miss traffic lights. So far, I have only seen three traffic lights in the entire Terceira island. This is on the road into the City.

What a different way of life at Angra do Heroismo. Oh, it’s about 4 miles if you stretch out the loop of the city by adding in side streets. Watch out for wetness on the uneven cobblestones.

Wanderlust Azores- Town of Angra do Heroismo, a UNESCO Site

It was a beautiful day. My little photographer and I went hunting for an ATM machine in our rented Opel Corsa in the town of Angra do Heroismo, a UNESCO World Heritage site. With the windows down, warm breeze through our hair, sunshine on our faces and the Corsa making its way up the hill on the cobblestone main street, we felt like two wonder girls who could achieve anything.imageTerceira Mar HotelimageOn the way to center of townimageIsn’t this gorgeous?imageMain streetimageThe pedestrian’s perspectiveimageClimb to the topimageArtists united, a homageimageThe old daysimageThe fishing traditionimageIt’s a Catholic country.imageMy photographer

This felt like another world. We found a slice of happiness from nothing and nowhere. This is Wanderlust.

Happy holidays from Terceira Island to my friends and loyal readers. May your holidays be filled with warmth and light. Love and hugs to all.