Will you keep this place a secret. Because I’m breaking a promise by allowing you a glimpse of paradise. There is a group of nine islands in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. So remote and so beautiful that few are fortunate to see this place. Nine volcanic islands jutting from the ocean crowned with clouds. Island gardens. A place with emerald blue scenic lakes bordered by blue hydrangea. With dazzling views of the wild Atlantic ocean. Lush green landscapes as well as pewter and black moon landscapes. Vineyards planted amid black volcanic rock on Pico and impossibly steep terraced vineyards on Santa Maria. Sun warmed fig trees permeate dazzling blue skies. Wide green pastures dotted with lazy cappuccino colored cattle grazing between wild flowers. Paradise lost and paradise found – this is the magic of the Azores. Soft sandy beaches, gorgeous natural swimming pools, caves, shoals of colorful fish, sperm whales, orca whales, playful dolphins. Europe’s last tea and pineapple plantations set amidst lush cattle pastures, dense copses and stunning flora. Here the Portuguese people of the Azores live an easygoing lifestyle close to their land and ancient traditions.