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Azores: My Addresses In Ponta Delgada

24 Hours in Ponta Delgada

A Walk in The Historical Center

First day of my trip to the Azores, where I will discover two islands of this beautiful Atlantic Ocean archipelago, São Miguel and Santa Maria. I am super excited, cause I’ve wanted visiting the Azores for a long time!

Départ aux aurores de Bruxelles vers Ponta  Delgada (capitale des Açores sur l’île de São Miguel), via Lisbonne avec la TAP. Nous arrivons en milieu de journée. Le temps est changeant, couvert avec des éclaircies. Mais ça fait partie du charme de l’archipel, les 4 saisons en un jour. 

In the old city, time seems to be stopped, with imposing monuments (Portas da Cidade de Ponta Delgada, 1783) and churches (Igreja Matriz de São Miguel) dating from the sixteenth century. Cobbled streets, green squares, some brightly colored facades (photos below) … 

  

Where To Sip A Tea From The Azores

Louvre Michaelense

Take time to get lost in the city! Take time to get lost. That’s how I found my address: where to sip a tea from the Azores!  

Louvre Michaelense is both a shop (photo 3 above), a tea room (2) and a delicatessen (1). It offers a selection of rare objects and sought local products, with regressive packaging in an ancient framework. The concept reminded me of A Vida Portuguese (in Lisbon). A friendly trendy spot.

Where To Sleep

  

La Casa das Palmeiras

I first saw from a distance the roof of the house that contrasted with the local architecture. Built in 1901, La Casa das Palmeiras is more like one of these Art Nouveau villas on the French Riviera. Recently renovated, this small hotel with 10 rooms is a gem. Perfect for an elegant weekend.

Awesome adress, less is more!   

    

What’s up?

Discovering Street art

What a fantastic surprise! I am a creative (photographer, former art director). So imagine my happiness walking and seeing these amazing Street art works in Ponta Delgada! Oups, I really apology, I lost my notes with the titles of the art works and names of the artists.

 

Where To Drink & Dinner

The Panoramic Terrace of The Azor Hotel

It is always a great pleasure for me to stay or dinner in a hotel decorated by Nini Andrade Silva! I love her work and personality. She has this ability to dramatize space and create unique universes in which we feel good.

After a long time on the relaxing terrace of the Azor Hotel, we dine at the restaurant A Terra Fornaria. The food (promoting local ingredients) and service are great. Definitely my chic address from Ponta Delgada!

 

Photos & vidéos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

Informations  

Visit AzoresVisit Portugal, TAPLouvre Michaelense, Street art with Walk & Talk AzoresCasa das Palmeiras – Charming House, Azor Hotel

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Many Thanks to Visit Azores, Visit Portugal and TAP for this beautiful invitation. As always these are my opinions.

Açores: mes adresses à Ponta Delagada

24h à Ponta Delgada

Promenade dans le centre historique

Premier jour de ce voyage aux Açores, où je découvrirai deux îles de ce superbe archipel de l’Océan Atlantique, São Miguel et Santa Maria. Je suis très excitée, ça faisait longtemps que je souhaitais visiter les Açores!

Departure at dawn from Brussels to Ponta Delgada (the capital of the Azores in São Miguel island), with a stopover in Lisbon with TAP airline. We arrive in midday with a changing weather, both cloudy rainy and from time to time sunny. It’s part of the charm of the archipelago, 4 seasons in one day. 

Dans la veille ville, le temps semble s’être arrêté, avec ses imposants monuments (Portas da Cidade de Ponta Delgada, 1783) et églises (Igreja Matriz de São Miguel) datant du XVIe siècle. Rues pavées, un square, des façades aux couleurs vives (photos ci-dessous)… 

  

Où siroter un thé des Açores

Louvre Michaelense

Prenez le temps de vous perdre. Ainsi je suis tombée sur l’adresse : où siroter un thé des Açores! 

Louvre Michaelense est à la fois, une boutique (photo 3 ci-dessus), un salon de thé (2) et une épicerie fine (1) qui propose une sélection d’objets et produits locaux recherchés, aux packaging régressifs dans un cadre désuet. Le concept m’a fait penser à A Vida Portuguese (à Lisbonne). Convivial et très actuel. 

Où dormir

  

La Casa das Palmeiras

J’ai d’abord vu de loin la toiture qui contrastait avec l’architecture locale. Construite en 1901, La Casa das Palmeiras ressemble plus à une de ces villas Art Nouveau de la Côte d’Azur. Récemment entièrement rénové, ce petit hôtel de 10 chambres est un petit bijoux. Idéal pour un élégant week-end.

Superbe adresse, less is more!   

    

Quoi de neuf?

Découvrir du Street art

Quelle surprise! Je suis une créative, alors vous imaginez mon bonheur en découvrant ces oeuvres de Street art disséminées de parts et d’autres dans Ponta Delgada. Toutes mes excuses, j’ai perdu mes notes avec les titres des oeuvres et noms des artistes. Oups!

 

Où boire un verre et dîner

La terrasse de l’Azor Hotel

C’est toujours un grand plaisir pour moi de séjourner ou dîner dans un hôtel décoré par Nini Andrade Silva! J’aime beaucoup son travail et sa personnalité. Elle a cette capacité à dramatiser l’espace et à créer des univers uniques dans lesquels on se sent bien.

Après un long moment sur la superbe terrasse de l’Azor Hotel, nous dînons au restaurant A Terra Fornaria. La cuisine et service sont top. Résolument mon adresse chic et relaxe de Ponta Delgada! 

 

Photos & vidéos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

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Visit AzoresVisit Portugal, TAPLouvre Michaelense, Street art avec Walk & Talk AzoresCasa das Palmeiras – Charming House, Azor Hotel

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Un grand merci à Visit Azores, à Visit Portugal et à la TAP pour cette superbe invitation. Comme toujours, ce sont mes opinions.

Seychelles, La Digue: Nature & Friendliness

Welcome To La Digue

After A Long Rain

Epic arrival at La Passe harbour, by ferry from Praslin at midday, under a heavy rain. So I canceled the rental of the bike. And I wait patiently in the veranda of my bungalow that the rain stops.

On the island, you can’t rent a car. A very good point considering its area (9.81 km2)! One moves by bike, buggy or taxi (bugy or car). It gives a charm to this small island of the Indian Ocean!

Around 3 p.m. the rain stops. If the weather allows, I will visit the island before dusk, in bugy (no time to bike). First stop: Grande Anse, awesome fine white sand beach, with turquoise emerald water and granite rocks, a marvel! But dangerous for swim (photos and videos above and below). 

 

 

I Continue My Island Tour

Clear Water Everywhere

Even when the weather changes from rainny to sunny (on the photomontage below). After visiting a succession of lovely coves (which I will not enumerate!), we stop at Chez Jules, the small Creole bar-restaurant of Anse Banane, ideally located facing the sea. Where I taste a Creole nougat with banana and coconut: very perfumed but too sweet for me.

Then back to my bungalow with a kitsch interior design (I like it), but super clean and very well equipped (photo 2 on the photomontage below). In fact, I should had to sleep at La Diguoise, but there was confusion in the dates.

The Gourmet Address

La Diguoise

I’m lucky enough to have dinner and have breakfast at La Diguoise, a refined small guest house (photo 3 above). Very warm welcome in a lovely Creole house with a beautiful garden where it is good to farniente! One of those confidential addresses you share with friends. 

Elodie is a very caring owner and a fabulous chef (video below). On the photo montage above, the succulent dinner: photo 1, homemade chips with pieces of coconut. And photo 2, a Creole dishes assortment with salads, fish and salt donuts. A delight! Photo 4, the breakfast served like a painting … in a really relaxing setting (photos below).

I really enjoy the slow rythm of La Digue island. I will go back.

 

  

The next day, Departure For Mahe via Praslin

Photos & vidéos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

Informations  

Seychelles Tourism Board, La DiguoiseAir Seychelles.

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Many thanks the Seychelles Tourism Board and Air Seychelles for this fantastic experience. Also many thanks to Elodie and her smiling team for the very warm welcome. As always, these are my opinions.