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Although Sao Miguel Azores has many rural areas and beautiful natural landscapes it also has a thriving and very urban downtown area. This is the break water facing the port. This is Avenida marginal or marginal Avenue. One side is full of business offices, shops, restaurants, hotels and apartment buildings the other side has a wide side walk with cafes and snack vendors. From here you can watch the port activities and the fishing boats. At the one end there is a military fort dating back a couple of centuries and still in use. The other end there is an ultra modern marina and saltwater public swiming pool. Another view of this are can be seen in this other photo Port of Ponta Delgada .

This is a very popular area as a main artery of the sity and also as a meeting place. During the day business thrive, in the evening people come to hear music, meet friends, and stroll. Passear na avenida a noite - Strolling in the avenue at night- is part of almost every person's life. It's the place to see and be seen. In the recent years there has been construction to extend it. I lived on this area as a kid and saw the taller of the buildings being constructed from the time the foundation was dug. The church on the backgroun is where I attendend mass and was also baptised there.

It was around 5 PM it had sprinkled earlier and rain was aproaching quickly.

The quality of this photo is not very good because I did not wnat to crop it very much so it was quite a large file, and saved at a lower quality. This photo has been rotated, levels, contrast and color adjusted. The church tower is a bit tilted but I couldn't realistically fix it.

I am enjoying placing my photos from Portugal here, but soon I hope to be able to get ou more an take more recent photos. Although I have enough shots from Portugal to keep me going for at least another year at TE.

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