By the way, in case any readers aren’t aware, the titles of my entries for UN world heritage sites are taken directly from the UNESCO listing. In this case it all seems to have got a bit wordy.
As previously trailed, I flew from Lisbon to the island of Terceira. I took a taxi from the airport to Angra and asked him to drop me at the only cheapish hotel I’d managed to find on the web. Luckily, as it was past 8pm, they had a room for that night, although I had to find another hotel next day for the next two nights.
Angra do Heroismo was founded in 1450 and is the oldest city in the Azores. The last bit was added to the name to the 19th century by a grateful queen in thanks for the town’s involvement in the successful struggle for a constitutional, as opposed to absolute, monarchy.
One of the reasons for the UN listing is that the port was an important stopping point both on the journey across the Atlantic to South America and on the Portuguese trading routes to the East Indies and Africa.
The old town is small and pretty with pastel and white Baroque churches and historic houses. And it is one of these, the central part of the Palace of the Bettencourts, that I decided to build in Lego.
And in slightly out of focus Lego:
Whilst in Angra I also enjoyed a beautiful public garden, went for hike round a wooded hilly lump of land called Monte Brasil that sticks out from the coast next to town (like a scary facial growth does from your great aunt’s chin) and went to hear a local old geezer cover band play blues and rock’n’roll one night in a square. They were reasonably good although I’m fairly sure the drummer did the exactly same thing for every number.