Azores & Madeira: Portugal's Unspoiled Archipelagos

Day 01 - Monday, April 10, 2023 – Fly to Munich, Germany – Connect to Lisbon, Portugal

We left snowy Colorado springtime behind and we are on our way across the Atlantic to Lisbon and the Portuguese archipelagos of the Azores and then Madeira. Discovered by the Portuguese navigators in the early 1400’s, these volcanic island chains are noted for their laid-back atmosphere and beautiful unspoiled environment.

During the Age of Exploration, one hundred years before Pedro Álvares Cabral discovered Brazil, Vic’s home country, the Portuguese settled these islands far into the Atlantic. Not afraid of falling off of the edge of the world, these hearty and fearless navigators from Portugal discovered our next destinations.

Our Lufthansa flight from Denver to Munich was scheduled to leave at 4:10 pm. After a brief layover in Germany, we will fly to Lisbon. We will catch up with you again after checking in to our hotel and beginning our next journey of GarciaTrips.

This adventure will take us to a new part of the Atlantic as well as let us enjoy a relatively unpopulated and rural culture. Exploring the sea routes of Magellan, Cabral, Vasco da Gama, Cabrilho, and many more, we are excited to be explorers ourselves. Vic is especially anxious to practice his Portuguese.

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Went to the Azores in 2019. One of the most beautiful and unspoiled places I have ever been. Looking forward to reading about your trip.

Barb D   April 12, 2023 - 9:40pm

I am looking forward to reading about your island adventures. My family is from the Azores and Madeira. I went to the Azores in 2019 with family and absolutely loved it! The scenery is breathtaking. Madeira is still on my list. Hopefully I can convince Tim to join me after he reads about your experience.

Mary Kerstein   April 12, 2023 - 6:52pm

Enjoy!!! Always lovely to read your trip reports! Aproveitem muito

Renata Rehder Macdermot   April 12, 2023 - 12:52am

Always beautiful snow in Monument ... brings back some fun memories. Can't wait to follow along!

Eric Bobby   April 11, 2023 - 10:02pm

Bin voyage neighbors! Safe flights and have a wonderful time going back in time in the Azores! I’ll keep an eye on your elephant for y’all!

Paul   April 11, 2023 - 8:21pm

Beautiful snow pictures!! Looking forward to your adventures. I wonder if Vic will find that his Portuguese has changed from what is currently spoken as I found in Finland. My Finn was the way it was spoken by my grandparents in early1900s. Many words and phrases had changed. It was interesting.

June Freyer   April 11, 2023 - 6:33pm

How lovely to see the pics of the snow! We mostly just dream of the snow, here in Seattle... Have a wonderful adventure...have fun with the Portuguese language...and take lots of pictures. Bob and I both look forward to your posts!

Susie and Bob   April 11, 2023 - 3:27pm

WOW!!! I never know what to wear! Inside your pocket. I should stay quiet comfortable. I look forward to the pictures and views you always take andd share with your travelers. GREAT to hear from you! Be safe.

Pat Heald   April 11, 2023 - 3:22pm

Looking forward to your detailed narratives and beautiful photos on this new trip. Have fun!

Joanne Jensen   April 11, 2023 - 12:27am

I am in Taiwan airport on way to Tokyo with OAT. This trip you are doing is my trip for 2024. Enjoy!

Cheryl vieira   April 11, 2023 - 12:01am

Looking forward to following you . Sounds like will be great adventure.

Sylvia Emmons   April 10, 2023 - 10:24pm

Looking forward to following your adventure.

Annmarie   April 10, 2023 - 10:17pm

Off again . . . how nice, especially leaving the snow behind. Love to you both.

Dee Sloan   April 10, 2023 - 9:51pm

Looking forward to reading about the islands. I guess there is no subway there.

Marv   April 10, 2023 - 9:47pm

I can’t wait to follow along with you!

Susan Phillips   April 10, 2023 - 9:46pm

Good for you, taking an adventure! Hope all goes well, & I'll enjoy following you.

Becky Richardson   April 10, 2023 - 9:36pm
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