Terceira Island, Azores

Terceira Island: Journey through a Unique Archipelago of the Azores


Facade Expressions
Facade decorated with faces, at the entrance to the Marina of Angra do Heroismo.
endless minifundio
Terceira's impressive minifundio seen from a viewpoint in Serra do Cume
Angra do Heroísmo House
Casario de Angra do Heroismo, seen from a slope of Monte Brasil.
Unusual bullfight
Pseudo bullfighters provoke a bull during the bullfight on the Biscoitos rope, on the north coast of Terceira.
Rope Bullfighting Assistance
A small crowd watches the rope bullfight in Biscoitos.
outdoor corral
A cow in its stone corral, in the green foothills of Serra do Cume.
Ti Manel of the Farm
The picturesque dining room at "Venda do Ti Manel da Quinta"
Band II
Band animates one of the religious ceremonies of the Divino do Espírito Santo, in front of the Empire of Charity of Praia da Vitória.
modern font
Background of an architectural fountain between the Igreja da Misericórdia and the marina in Angra de Heroísmo.
About.
Passersby walk along two of the walks that skirt the Angra do Heroísmo marina.
Minifundio with cattle
One of the cornered patches that can be seen from the top of Serra do Cume to the horizon.
Blessed Angra do Heroismo
Angra do Heroísmo house with two of its largest churches highlighted.
Quinta do Martelo store
Emanuel Almeida, employee of Quinta do Martelo at the counter of the old store on the ground floor of the restaurant "A Venda do Ti Manel da Quinta"
Biscuits Bullfight
Taurus confronts a crowd of participants in the Biscoitos rope bullfight.
The band
The band's musicians animate the ceremony of the Divine Holy Spirit.
House in the last sun
Houses on the north coast of Terceira island.
Mountain View
The impressive minifundio da Terceira, as seen from the top of Serra do Cume.
In Marina
The marina of Angra de Heroísmo, with the blue Misericórdia Cathedral in the background.
under the pine
Angra do Heroísmo esplanade embellished by the city's artistic sidewalk.
Creek Lines
Steep street of Angra do Heroísmo.
It was called the Island of Jesus Christ and has radiated, for a long time, the cult of the Holy Spirit. It houses Angra do Heroísmo, the oldest and most splendid city in the archipelago. These are just two examples. The attributes that make Terceira island unique are endless.

The picturesque Quinta dos Figos is only fifteen minutes away from the world famous Lajes, home to the Terceira Island airport where we had just landed and the famous North American base.

Even so, we installed ourselves in the room in play-and-run mode. We left in a hurry to take a look at the streets of Praia da Vitória and came face to face with one of the many colorful empires that bless and decorate Terceira island.

The exuberant cube stands out from the white houses with the predominant brick-colored tiles.

As a kind of architectural diva, it displays its facades full of Christian arabesques, arches, ogives, columns, steps, a rounded pediment that identifies it. A veritable festival of colors invades the set: blue, yellow, green, red and white.

An Azorean Expression of the Divine

By itself, the structure would leave any admirer stunned, but, to top it off, that Empire of Charity concentrated serious festivities.

The band, Terceira Island, Unique Azores

Band animates one of the religious ceremonies of the Divino do Espírito Santo, in front of the Empire of Charity of Praia da Vitória.

Next door, a local philharmonic band plays pompous fanfare themes. A firefighter dispatches his projectiles one after the other closer to God.

With successive arrhythmic explosions, it deafens us and the believers of the earth, all dressed in the best Sunday clothes.

Some enter and leave the Empire with trays of blessed food, others, hold spears and standards of the Divine.

We play innocent tourists and listen to the heart of the ceremony. Inside, on a white altar raised in terraces and decorated with matching wreaths, rest several gleaming lacy wreaths.

For a short time. With the band already off the cement stand and walking along the road ahead, several participants in the ritual make their way to the staircase wearing these same wreaths before on the trays. Others carry spears. We pursued them determined to register the moment. The band follows us all.

We had already followed another Feast of the Divine Holy Spirit. The first and so far only time in Pirenópolis, in the Brazilian countryside of Goiás. There, Manuel Amâncio da Luz, a hypermotivated Portuguese priest, transformed belief into an incredible cultural expression that the people's faith and enthusiasm still preserve today.

In Praia da Vitória, we saw how everything was happening in the main Portuguese stronghold of Divino Espírito Santo. Until the Emperor and his "subjects" disappeared to the sound of the charanga and left us to our destiny. A photographer from the local press sees us undecided and approaches us.

After a few minutes of technical conversation, the colleague highlights our luck. “It's just that you are not seeing well. Not only did they catch the Divine here today, but in a little while, they'll be able to watch the rope bullfight. More Terceira Island than this is difficult.”

Even if they represented a journey from the sacred to the profane, they were coordinates we were not willing to ignore. From Praia da Vitória, we continue along the north coast of the island, stopping here and there to see marine pools and other particularities of the rugged coastline.

Biscuits: Start of Bulls in the style of Terceira Island

In the middle of the afternoon, around Biscuits, we find the mob installed. Hundreds of cars are parked in a field of overgrown lava that separates the road and the waterfront. We find a still distant corner for our car from where we descend towards the village.

Public in Biscuits, Unique Azores

A small crowd watches the rope bullfight in Biscoitos.

Halfway through, we found the first revelers, who served food and drinks, sometimes picnickers, sometimes at the counter of mobile homes and similar vans, powered by generators and serving enthusiastic customers of everything, from Azorean specialties to the most obvious nails, steaks, snacks and churros.

The further down the road, the more its verges were crowded with people and the places with the best views were disputed. We managed to slip into a newly abandoned space and finally enjoyed the fulcrum of all the attention.

Around a small cove surrounded by lava cliffs, in a grassland above and in the street that separated it from the houses, a bull hesitated between contemplating the madness around it or charging at the pseudo bullfighters who incited it among the crowd.

Biscuits, Terceira Island, Unique Azores

Taurus confronts a crowd of participants in the Biscoitos rope bullfight.

Little by little, we were able to estimate the areas safe from possible lashes, which happen in abundance, such as the wounded and, from time to time, even dead, despite the bull's movements limited by the action of the "shepherds" ” which give you more or less slack depending on the imminence of certain damage.

A rocket announces the removal of the bull and another break in hostilities. We moved from an area still high on the slope to the top of a terrace with a privileged panoramic view over the street where most of the bullfight takes place.

The terrace is shared by families, with a predominance of women and children.

Biscuits, Terceira Island, Unique Azores

Pseudo bullfighters provoke a bull during the bullfight on the Biscoitos rope, on the north coast of Terceira.

Some families are migrants in the USA and in Canada. Even with an eye on our cameras, we have fun listening to how the wonders of their lives on the other side of the Atlantic insinuate to others that were at the origin. “Ah!! But our house over there has nothing to do with the ones over here.

It's much bigger. I would go there! More is earned and, therefore, we can build without worries.” This same Canadian Azorean, who could not contain herself with so much pride in the return her life took, wasted no time in asking us: “are you portraitists?

I really wanted to take some pictures here, with my family. If you want to spend a few days in Cambridge, Ontario, you can also do some good portraits. Everything is very beautiful there.” Rockets and bulls followed one another in that strange bullfighting afternoon. Until the afternoon and the revelry came to a gentle end.

The incredible walled minifundio of Terceira Island

Shortly after dawn, we went up to the Facho viewpoint and admired the houses of Praia da Vitória, the birthplace of Vitorino Nemésio.

From there, we took the old cobbled road that leads to the top of the 545 meters of Serra do Cume, a verdant ridge that rises to the east of the island, windy as windy it could be and revealing a unique scenery.

View of Serra do Cume, Terceira Island, Unique Azores

Terceira's impressive minifundio seen from a viewpoint in Serra do Cume

Below, the vastness to the south and west reveals itself in an incredible yellow-green geometric pattern of fertility and labor. Countless smallholdings demarcated by basalt walls stretch as far as the eye can see, dotted with small agricultural warehouses, corrals and loose cows.

With the exception of the gale from the heights, the day remained at eye level, with an almost clear sky and sunny to match. Aware of the unpredictability of the Azorean meteorology and the abundance and historical and architectural exuberance of Angra do Heroismo, we decided to aim as soon as possible at your stops.

View of Serra do Cume, Terceira Island, Unique Azores

One of the cornered patches that can be seen from the top of Serra do Cume to the horizon.

Angra do Heroísmo: the First City of the Azores

Angra was the first of the Azorean towns to be promoted to a city, in 1534. Shortly thereafter, Pope Paul III chose it as the seat of the diocese of Angra, with authority over the entire archipelago.

At that time, its port already had a decisive role in trade with the East, which is why the transit and anchoring of caravels and gallons was intensified, contributing to the city's prosperity, with emphasis on the ostentatious construction of churches, convents and fortifications military that made it unique.

We admire them and the impressive panorama of the houses from Angrense from the base of the yellow obelisk that projects from Alto da Memória, dedicated to Pedro IV, the triumphant king of the Portuguese Liberal Wars.

House of Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira Island, Unique Azores

House of Angra do Heroismo, seen from a slope of Monte Brasil.

As we feared, dark clouds were approaching from the north so we accelerated into the city, down Ladeira de São Francisco until we came across the respectful Praça Velha, the centuries-old heart and soul of the city.

Over time, Angra has had the ability to welcome the afflicted, refugees or exiles of upheavals and the like to take place on the continent.

After being defeated by the Spanish Habsburg army at the Battle of Alcântara, António Prior do Crato decided to prolong his self-proclaimed oppositional reign to that of Philip I of Spain, from Terceira onwards.

Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira Island, Unique Azores

Steep street of Angra do Heroísmo.

The History and Stories of Angra do Heroísmo

Not only did it do so from 1580 to 1583, it also gathered around it strong popular resistance and other European adventurers averse to the increasingly stifling Hispanic expansion. The Spaniards were forced to fight him and thus the War of Succession to the Azores spread.

In 1667, at the end of the Restoration War, Afonso VI was exiled to Angra do Heroísmo by Pedro II, his younger brother, who declared him unfit to govern. In 1809, Almeida Garrett and his family took refuge in Angra from the second French invasion.

Garrett only returned to the mainland in 1818. During the Liberal Wars, Pedro, Emperor of the Brazil and the daughter to whom he abdicated the Portuguese throne established the headquarters of the Liberal forces on Terceira and repressed an attack by Pedro's youngest son Miguel and his Miguelista forces at the battle of Praia da Vitória.

It was, in fact, the resistance of the Liberals and this triumph that inspired the nickname “do Heroísmo” in Angra.

After capturing Mouzinho de Albuquerque, Gungunhanha, the “Gaza lion”, died in Angra eleven years after being exiled there.

These are just a few examples, many more to list.

Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira Island, Unique Azores

The marina of Angra de Heroísmo, the capital of the island of Terceira, with the blue Misericórdia Cathedral in the background.

The political, religious and military relevance enters our eyes when we admire the Church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo.

Furthermore, the azulona da Misericórdia and, on the opposite side of the bay, the imposing walls of the Fort of Monte Brasil, built during the reign of Filipe I of Spain, from then onwards the scene of successive crucial events in Portuguese history. Today, headquarters of the 1st Garrison Regiment.

We walk along the wall that keeps the marina safe from the fury of the Atlantic and return to the blessing of the church.

Soon, we took a peek at Prainha where some trucks they delight in the calm water while a fifty-year-old gymnast determined to maintain his impressive form.

Electoral Missions and the Picturesque Quinta do Martelo

But it doesn't take long before we come across new matches. We lived in a time of elections.

We were tasting some typical cakes from the island when João Pinho de Almeida and other dolled dignitaries from the CDS invade the Athanásio pastry shop and foist us and other customers on leaflets and almost empty party pens.

However, we left Angra to take a look at the Quinta do Martelo, an old property full of rural buildings and work tools that immaculately illustrate its old times and the different production cycles it has gone through: orange, wine and loquat.

We knock on the restaurant's door “The Sale of Ti Manel da Quinta”, for some time in vain. Finally, Emanuel appears. The slender and affable employee of the farm reveals the old grocery store on the ground floor. He installed us in the superior's room, which now serves as a restaurant.

Quinta do Martelo, Terceira Island, Unique Azores

The picturesque dining room at “Venda do Ti Manel da Quinta”

At the table, but with an eye on detail, we see how the mentor Gilberto Vieira preserved and recovered everything, from the door handles to the crockery, according to the times when the farm was operating.

The atmosphere of the place, the most picturesque that we have seen in many trips and the traditional meal served by the no less genuine Emanuel, leave us in awe of Quinta do Martelo.

Quinta do Martelo, Terceira Island, Unique Azores

Emanuel Almeida, employee of Quinta do Martelo at the counter of the old store on the ground floor of the restaurant “A Venda do Ti Manel da Quinta”

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Sistelo, Peneda-Gerês, Portugal

From the "Little Portuguese Tibet" to the Corn Presidia

We leave the cliffs of Srª da Peneda, heading for Arcos de ValdeVez and the villages that an erroneous imaginary dubbed Little Portuguese Tibet. From these terraced villages, we pass by others famous for guarding, as golden and sacred treasures, the ears they harvest. Whimsical, the route reveals the resplendent nature and green fertility of these lands in Peneda-Gerês.
Castro Laboreiro, Portugal  

From Castro de Laboreiro to Raia da Serra Peneda - Gerês

We arrived at (i) the eminence of Galicia, at an altitude of 1000m and even more. Castro Laboreiro and the surrounding villages stand out against the granite monumentality of the mountains and the Planalto da Peneda and Laboreiro. As do its resilient people who, sometimes handed over to Brandas and sometimes to Inverneiras, still call these stunning places home.
Flores Island, Azores

The Atlantic ends of the Azores and Portugal

Where, to the west, even on the map the Americas appear remote, the Ilha das Flores is home to the ultimate Azorean idyllic-dramatic domain and almost four thousand Florians surrendered to the dazzling end-of-the-world that welcomed them.
São Miguel (Azores), Azores

São Miguel Island: Stunning Azores, By Nature

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Pico Island, Azores

Pico Island: the Azores Volcano with the Atlantic at its Feet

By a mere volcanic whim, the youngest Azorean patch projects itself into the rock and lava apogee of Portuguese territory. The island of Pico is home to its highest and sharpest mountain. But not only. It is a testament to the resilience and ingenuity of the Azoreans who tamed this stunning island and surrounding ocean.
Santa Maria, Azores

Santa Maria: the Azores Mother Island

It was the first in the archipelago to emerge from the bottom of the sea, the first to be discovered, the first and only to receive Cristovão Colombo and a Concorde. These are some of the attributes that make Santa Maria special. When we visit it, we find many more.
Campos do GerêsTerras de Bouro, Portugal

Through the Campos do Gerês and the Terras de Bouro

We continue on a long, zigzag tour through the domains of Peneda-Gerês and Bouro, inside and outside our only National Park. In this one of the most worshiped areas in the north of Portugal.
Montalegre, Portugal

Through Alto do Barroso, Top of Trás-os-Montes

we moved from Terras de Bouro for those of Barroso. Based in Montalegre, we wander around the discovery of Paredes do Rio, Tourém, Pitões das Júnias and its monastery, stunning villages on the border of Portugal. If it is true that Barroso has had more inhabitants, visitors should not miss it.
Horta, Azores

The City that Gives the North to the Atlantic

The world community of sailors is well aware of the relief and happiness of seeing the Pico Mountain, and then Faial and the welcoming of Horta Bay and Peter Café Sport. The rejoicing does not stop there. In and around the city, there are white houses and a green and volcanic outpouring that dazzles those who have come so far.
Capelinhos Volcano, Faial, Azores

On the trail of the Capelinhos Mistery

From one coast of the island to the opposite one, through the mists, patches of pasture and forests typical of the Azores, we discover Faial and the Mystery of its most unpredictable volcano.
Porto Santo, Portugal

Praised Be the Island of Porto Santo

Discovered during a stormy sea tour, Porto Santo remains a providential shelter. Countless planes that the weather diverts from neighboring Madeira guarantee their landing there. As thousands of vacationers do every year, they surrender to the softness and immensity of the golden beach and the exuberance of the volcanic sceneries.
Pico do Arieiro - Pico Ruivo, Madeira, Portugal

Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, Above a Sea of ​​Clouds

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Paul do Mar a Ponta do Pargo a Achadas da Cruz, Madeira, Portugal

Discovering the Madeira Finisterre

Curve after curve, tunnel after tunnel, we arrive at the sunny and festive south of Paul do Mar. We get goosebumps with the descent to the vertiginous retreat of Achadas da Cruz. We ascend again and marvel at the final cape of Ponta do Pargo. All this, in the western reaches of Madeira.
Terra Chã and Pico Branco footpaths, Porto Santo

Pico Branco, Terra Chã and Other Whims of the Golden Island

In its northeast corner, Porto Santo is another thing. With its back facing south and its large beach, we unveil a mountainous, rugged and even wooded coastline, dotted with islets that dot an even bluer Atlantic.
Graciosa, Azores

Her Grace the Graciosa

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Corvo, Azores

The Improbable Atlantic Shelter of Corvo Island

17 km2 of a volcano sunk in a verdant caldera. A solitary village based on a fajã. Four hundred and thirty souls snuggled by the smallness of their land and the glimpse of their neighbor Flowers. Welcome to the most fearless of the Azorean islands.
São Jorge, Azores

From Fajã to Fajã

In the Azores, strips of habitable land at the foot of large cliffs abound. No other island has as many fajãs as the more than 70 in the slender and elevated São Jorge. It was in them that the jorgenses settled. Their busy Atlantic lives rest on them.
Funchal, Madeira

Portal to a Nearly Tropical Portugal

Madeira is located less than 1000km north of the Tropic of Cancer. And the luxuriant exuberance that earned it the nickname of the garden island of the Atlantic can be seen in every corner of its steep capital.
Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Madeira, Portugal

The Eastern, Somehow Extraterrestrial Madeira Tip

Unusual, with ocher tones and raw earth, Ponta de São Lourenço is often the first sight of Madeira. When we walk through it, we are fascinated, above all, with what the most tropical of the Portuguese islands is not.
Vale das Furnas, São Miguel (Azores)

The Azorean Heat of Vale das Furnas

We were surprised, on the biggest island of the Azores, with a caldera cut by small farms, massive and deep to the point of sheltering two volcanoes, a huge lagoon and almost two thousand people from São Miguel. Few places in the archipelago are, at the same time, as grand and welcoming as the green and steaming Vale das Furnas.
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Serengeti NP, Tanzania

The Great Migration of the Endless Savanna

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Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit: 6th – Braga, Nepal

The Ancient Nepal of Braga

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The Pueblos del Sur Locainas, Their Dances and Co.

From the beginning of the XNUMXth century, with Hispanic settlers and, more recently, with Portuguese emigrants, customs and traditions well known in the Iberian Peninsula and, in particular, in northern Portugal, were consolidated in the Pueblos del Sur.
Porvoo, Finland, warehouses
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Porvoo, Finland

A Medieval and Winter Finland

One of the oldest settlements of the Suomi nation, in the early XNUMXth century, Porvoo was a busy riverside post and its third city. Over time, Porvoo lost commercial importance. In return, it has become one of Finland's revered historic strongholds.  
Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo, Japan
Meal
Tokyo, Japan

The Fish Market That Lost its Freshness

In a year, each Japanese eats more than their weight in fish and shellfish. Since 1935, a considerable part was processed and sold in the largest fish market in the world. Tsukiji was terminated in October 2018, and replaced by Toyosu's.
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Culture
Kumasi to Kpetoe, Ghana

A Celebration-Trip of the Ghanian Fashion

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Bungee jumping, Queenstown, New Zealand
Sport
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, the Queen of Extreme Sports

In the century. XVIII, the Kiwi government proclaimed a mining village on the South Island "fit for a queen".Today's extreme scenery and activities reinforce the majestic status of ever-challenging Queenstown.
Eternal Spring Shrine
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Deep in Taiwan

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Ethnic
Cahuita, Costa Rica

Dreadlocked Costa Rica

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History
Robben Island, South Africa

The Island off the Apartheid

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Islands
LifouLoyalty Islands

The Greatest of the Loyalties

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Sampo Icebreaker, Kemi, Finland
Winter White
Kemi, Finland

It's No "Love Boat". Breaks the Ice since 1961

Built to maintain waterways through the most extreme arctic winter, the icebreaker Sampo” fulfilled its mission between Finland and Sweden for 30 years. In 1988, he reformed and dedicated himself to shorter trips that allow passengers to float in a newly opened channel in the Gulf of Bothnia, in clothes that, more than special, seem spacey.
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Literature
Saint Petersburg e Mikhaylovkoe, Russia

The Writer Who Succumbed to His Own Plot

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Agua Grande Platform, Iguacu Falls, Brazil, Argentina
Nature
Iguazu/Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina

The Great Water Thunder

After a long tropical journey, the Iguaçu River gives a dip for diving. There, on the border between Brazil and Argentina, form the largest and most impressive waterfalls on the face of the Earth.
Mother Armenia Statue, Yerevan, Armenia
Autumn
Yerevan, Armenia

A Capital between East and West

Heiress of the Soviet civilization, aligned with the great Russia, Armenia allows itself to be seduced by the most democratic and sophisticated ways of Western Europe. In recent times, the two worlds have collided in the streets of your capital. From popular and political dispute, Yerevan will dictate the new course of the nation.
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Natural Parks
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The Most Mediatic of the Cataclysms to Happen

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Bolshoi Zayatski Orthodox Church, Solovetsky Islands, Russia.
UNESCO World Heritage
Bolshoi Zayatsky, Russia

Mysterious Russian Babylons

A set of prehistoric spiral labyrinths made of stones decorate Bolshoi Zayatsky Island, part of the Solovetsky archipelago. Devoid of explanations as to when they were erected or what it meant, the inhabitants of these northern reaches of Europe call them vavilons.
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Characters
Ooty, India

In Bollywood's Nearly Ideal Setting

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Princess Yasawa Cruise, Maldives
Beaches
Maldives

Cruise the Maldives, among Islands and Atolls

Brought from Fiji to sail in the Maldives, Princess Yasawa has adapted well to new seas. As a rule, a day or two of itinerary is enough for the genuineness and delight of life on board to surface.
knights of the divine, faith in the divine holy spirit, Pirenopolis, Brazil
Religion
Pirenópolis, Brazil

A Ride of Faith

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On Rails
San Francisco, USA

San Francisco Cable Cars: A Life of Highs and Lows

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Society
Margilan, Uzbekistan

An Uzbekistan's Breadwinner

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Fruit sellers, Swarm, Mozambique
Daily life
Enxame Mozambique

Mozambican Fashion Service Area

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female and cub, grizzly footsteps, katmai national park, alaska
Wildlife
PN Katmai, Alaska

In the Footsteps of the Grizzly Man

Timothy Treadwell spent summers on end with the bears of Katmai. Traveling through Alaska, we followed some of its trails, but unlike the species' crazy protector, we never went too far.
Passengers, scenic flights-Southern Alps, New Zealand
Scenic Flights
Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand

The Aeronautical Conquest of the Southern Alps

In 1955, pilot Harry Wigley created a system for taking off and landing on asphalt or snow. Since then, his company has unveiled, from the air, some of the greatest scenery in Oceania.