Elisa's Daily Scoop
Mosteiros, São Miguel
How was your Monday? I had a great start of the week! First of all, the weather was incredible! Clear skies, sunny and very warm.
Secondly, I was very productive and got lots accomplished. I had to get a bunch of party supplies for our Girl Scout end of year party on Wednesday, hit the post office, get guest passes to the community pool, book drop offs at the library, make an appointment at the orthodontist for Gianna (whose braces broke over the weekend) and even managed to straighten all the bedrooms. Whew!!!
As for today, I'll be leaving early with Kelsey's class for their field trip to the Garves Point Museum and Preserve.
The kids will participate in a hands-in, hands on investigation of the beach tidewater environment. They are going to be allowed to wade into the tidal waters to explore common beach ecosystem inhabitants.
It should be fun!! Tell you more about it tomorrow!
Today is Tanya's last in the Azores and she will be headed back to the States to Boston and then back home to SoCal.
Yesterday, she visited the fishing village of Mosteiros, where she enjoyed lunch with the gang.
Let's take a closer look at this town in São Miguel...
16 Fun Facts about Mosteiros, São Miguel, Portugal
1. Mosteiros, (Ponta Delgada) is located in the northwestern part of the island of São Miguel, in the Azores.
2. The town is connected by the Estrada Regional 1-1ª roadway to Ponta Delgada in the southeast and Ribeira Grande in the northeast.
3. This part of the island was first settled in 1470.
4. The word Mosteiros, meaning monastery in Portuguese and was named for these islets as the largest of these islets is shaped like a church.
5. The community of Mosteiros was built on ancestral fishing for many years, even as its territory was cultivated by farmers.
6. Agriculture dominates in the interior, with herding of dairy cattle and the cultivation of some fruits and vegetables.
7. The picturesque fishing harbor as well as the natural pools, known as Pit Stone, are the main attractions of the parish.
8. The main village is located on a fajã at the tip of the island, surrounded by coastal cliffs that reach 66 feet.
9. The development of the community has been highlighted by the construction of two triatos or impérios, associated with Cult of the Holy Spirit: the Impéro da Grota (located in the garden near the main Church) and the Império das Lombas (raised over the old structure).
10. Just along the coast from the beach at Mosteiros, are natural rock pools. They are large enough and deep enough to swim in and there are quite a few.
11. The waves wash in, creating mini whirl pools, but the rocky lip of the pools keeps you safely inside the pool and prevents you being washed out to sea.
12. Within the village of Mosteiros one can enjoy the black sandy beach.
13. Hotel Monte Palace was build in the 1980’s on the crater rim of a volcano on the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic.
14. The Hotel closed almost before it got started and it has now been abandoned for more than 25 years and is affectionately called the Ghost Hotel
15. The Hotel's viewpoint is covered in clouds most of the time - more than 200 days out of the year, so most guests do not find that inviting.
16. The population of Mosteiros in 2011 was 1,123, in an area of 3.46 square miles.
I was going to talk with you today about Georgia, Europe and Croatia but I'll save it for another day since I wanted to coordinate with Tanya's Scoop about Mosteiros!
Well, I'm on my way folks - toodles!
Tanya's Daily Scoop