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The island of Sao Miguel in the Azores have some of the most unique lagoons of all the Azores islands. Legend has it that many years ago, in the place where today is the parish of the Seven Cities, there was a great kingdom where a young princess with blue eyes, very beautiful and kind was very fond of country life and one of her favorite activities was to stroll the fields, smell the flowers, wet her feet in the streams or just enjoy the beauty of the hills and valleys that surrounded the kingdom.
One day, during one of her long walks, the young princess passed through a meadow where she grazed a flock. Nearby, taking care of her flock, was a nice green-eyed shepherd whom the princess decided to talk to.
The princess and the shepherd talked a lot. They spoke of the animals, the flowers, the time, and all the simple and beautiful things that surrounded them. After this day, the two met each other to talk.
The days and the weeks passed, and the princess and the shepherd met every day in the same place where they had met. As time passed they fell in love and eventually swore vows of eternal love.
But the news of the princess’s meetings with the pastor came to the ears of the king, who was not at all satisfied. He wanted to see his daughter married to a prince from one of the neighboring kingdoms, so he forbade her to see the pastor again.
Out of respect for her father, the princess accepted this cruel decision, but asked her to let her go once more to meet the pastor to bid him farewell. Sensitized, the king said yes.
The princess and the shepherd met for the last time in the green fields where they met … Once again, they spent time talking at length about their love and about their separation. While they were talking they were crying too.
And they wept so much that the tears of the blue eyes of the princess ran down the valley and formed the blue lagoon; Already the tears of the shepherd’s green eyes fell with such intensity that they formed the lagoon of green water.
At last the two loved ones departed, and the tears weeping for their separation formed two pools that were forever together just as the two lovers could never unite, but they would never separate.
One is the Blue Lagoon, the other is the Green Lagoon : they are called “Seven Cities Lagoons”. On sunny days, the colors of the two lagoons are so intense.
“ Water is the driving force of all nature. ”
Lisbon is a special city with unique features: the sound of old trams going up and down the cobbled streets, the echo of Fado music in various places of the city, an authentic treasure of historic buildings, but also the coolest city of Portugal.
Lisbon was originally built on seven hills and stretches along the Tagus River in a rolling landscape filled with Art buildings, magnificent monuments, numerous museums, fabulous terraces and beautiful viewpoints.
Filled with history and culture, Lisbon is known for its unique luminosity and incomparable charm. It has become one of Europe’s favorite destinations thanks to its incredible diversity, magnificent scenery and enviable sunny weather. All of the city’s sights retain a touch of tradition. Lisbon has preserved its old beauty and charm, whether in the streets filled with flower vendors or roasted chestnuts, splendid tiled buildings and emblematic pastries. As capital of Portugal, it was also here that some of the most influential moments of Portuguese History took place.
The oldest part of this beautiful area is the Rossio, known for its shoemakers, historical theaters and the variety of cafes and restaurants. Stroll through the dynamic Rua Augusta and go to the majestic Praça do Comércio – one of the most famous squares in Europe and the place where some of Lisbon’s oldest cafes are located. Do not forget to climb the Elevador de Santa Justa to contemplate the city from above and go through the small open air markets and watch the street performers.
“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”