Amanda McIntyre said hello to Carpinteria from the Azores, nine islands in the northern Atlantic Ocean. McIntyre said the area has a climate similar to Santa Barbara, along with a similar lifestyle, offering popular surfing spots and a slow-travel life.
“Light rains and mist enrich the fields where cattle graze and the lush greenery of plants and trees. Azure blue skies and puffy clouds with no hint of pollution; hyacinth and ginger plants line the roads with no signage allowed. Miradores (vistas) abound with places to pull off the road and seek a table with benches to enjoy an alfresco meal,” McIntyre wrote of her travels.
She added that the islands are made of lava residue, and that locals made cheeses, milk and wine for export. “Excellent fish – especially tuna and cod – are served often. Their ice cream is rich and mostly vanilla,” she wrote.