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Portugal's wild Azores isles are geothermal wonders — and relatively close to the US

By Simon Peter Groebner, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Some visitors consider the Azores a warm Iceland, which is only partly true. But as I hiked a rocky beach path on Sao Miguel Island, I briefly thought I was back in that sub-Arctic country. All around me lay the kind of black and green landscape I had loved in Iceland: lunar fields of volcanic rock, covered in lichens. On one side, the azure Atlantic; on the other, a mossy cliff wall soared ... Read more

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