Thursday, 12 November 2015

Travel Diary Azores: Day 1

After months of waiting for our trip dates to come nearer, it was finally the day. We arrived to the Azores (Sao Miguel Island) around 8am after an overnight flight from Toronto. We were exhausted but excited to begin our vacation. We booked our trip through Travel Zoo, the package included our airfare, hotel and transfers. Once we picked up our luggage and went through customs (aka you just walk through the doorway that says Nothing to Declare... unless you course you do...) we just had to look for our hotel transfer company. Right away I saw a woman with a sign with the name of the company and she directed us to a van in the parking lot with a few other people already waiting. We climbed aboard and after one more group joined us we were on our way. An older couple in the van had been to the Azores before, so on the way to the hotel they were pointing out all of the things that they remembered. This turned out to be helpful for us as they pointed and named some restaurants that were close by that we may have never noticed otherwise.

Once we arrived at our hotel (The Lince), we lined up for check in crossing our fingers that the room would be ready. After an overnight flight there is nothing more that you want to do than go to the room and freshen up. Luckily enough we were handed the key, so my mom and I headed straight up to the room. We were most excited by the view out the window (although it doesn't look at great in pictures) we had an Ocean view! Anyways we both freshened up and did a quick change and headed out on the town!

We spent our day wandering around the streets and venturing in and out of the different shops and tourism offices. We were thinking of checking an item off our Azores bucketlist right away with an afternoon of whale watching, however the sea was just too rough. So instead booked two of our tours for other days, went and had some delicious pizza and then called it an early night.

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