THE AZORES IS AN archipelago of nine islands situated in the middle of the North ATLANTIC OCEAN, usually divided in three groups according to geographic proximity: the Eastern Group (Santa Maria and Sao Miguel), the Central Group (Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico, and Faial), and the Western Group (Flores and Corvo).
The Azores constitutes, along with Madeira, the only two autonomous regions of PORTUGAL, each with its own parliament and government.
These lush green islands (897 square mi or 2,322 square km, with a population of 241,763) are the peaks of an oceanic mountain chain, and their volcanic origin is associated with the clash of the American, European, and African tectonic plates.
The area is subject to frequent EARTHQUAKES and has current manifestations of volcanic activity with geysers and sulfur springs.
The latest eruption occurred in 1957-58 on the island of Faial.
On several of these islands, volcanic cones have collapsed originating rings of landforms called caldeiras.
- The price for having holidays in Rome is now +30 euro a day
"The Eternal City authorities have decided to increase considerably a tax pay for tourists. Therefore, one tourist bus, entering the centre of the Italian capital will be charged 1,000 euro.
Let us note that at the moment the tourist bus entrance to the sightseeing city is charged 200 euro, so it means that Rome authorities are planning to increase a tax pay as high as five times. This innovation should enter into force in December 2015.
The experts have estimated and report that with this tax rise, tourists will have to pay extra 30 euro a day in Rome. "
- The company calls off flight because of the spider aboard
"The lost tarantula has destroyed the plans of hundreds passengers.
The Delta Airlines plane had to operate the scheduled flight on the Baltimore – Atlanta route. The departure time was scheduled 7 p.m. However, at the very last moment a spider has been discovered in the cargo hold. The crew notified the captain of the aircraft, who then made a decision to cancel the flight. After that, all the passengers were asked to go back to the Baltimore Airport terminal.
While the passengers were leaving the aircraft the reason why the tarantula appeared aboard has been revealed. The spider escaped from a tourist’s baggage, who was supposed to take the same plane. Nevertheless, the passengers managed to get to Atlanta; 3 hours after the accident happened, they departed on another aircraft. "