National Geographic : 1935 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Toste FLOWERS CARPET A STREET IN FURNAS VALLEY At festival time a sacred image is borne along a pavement spread with blossoms. On every hand in the Azores bloom roses, camellias, hydrangeas lilies, wisterias, begonias, gladioli, and many more. gets its name from its floral beauty. was painted locally, the costumes made in the homes of the young men and women who participated. In their singing, danc ing, and acting these young people exhib ited amazing talent and poise. In no other land have I seen a more creditable amateur performance, and this on an island in the middle of the ocean visited by few profes sional companies. The young folks mingle in crowds, but there is here no such free and easy compan ionship among them as exists in the United States. The chaperon is still in vogue and "balcony courtship" is carried on with its own prescribed etiquette, the girl leaning over the second-story balcony to talk with Another island, Flores, as magically as her admirer on the street below. A second memorable trip took us to the fin est sight on the island, the crater of Sete Cidades (Seven Cities). The view from the rim is magnificent. The cup-shaped crater is nearly ten miles in circumference and holds, besides a lake with a hamlet on its shore, pastures and cultivated fields and three volcanic cones due to subsequent eruptions. Owing to varying depths and deposits, the lake, shaped like the figure 8, and some times spoken of as two lakes, is vividly green at one end, brilliantly blue at the other. LINDBERGH FLEW OVER "SEVEN CITIES" I wish I could have looked on Sete Cidades that day when the Lindberghs, on their aerial odyssey from Greenland's icy moun tains to the steaming jungles of the Amazon, swooped down over its secluded lake.* Their seaplane did not alight, but flew up and away it had come. The crater villagers are still marveling! (See page 53.) There are many among the poor of these islands, who have suffered since money orders have ceased to arrive from Manoel or Antonio, who formerly prospered in Providence or New Bedford. The Azorian assets are a stout heart, a willing hand, a productive soil, and a climate which, though damp and rainy six months of the year, is without extremes of temperature. Wages are low, but food is cheap. The * See "Flying Around the North Atlantic," by Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles A. Lind bergh, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE for September, 1934.