"I was privileged to visit the nine unique islands of the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which is like returning to a primeval paradise where man and nature come together as one. The lakes, the flowers, the mountains, the vineyards, the climates created a distinct environment. I traveled with Al and Ginny Dutra, a couple in their 70s whose tour company specializes in Portugal and the Azores."
Tours are about $3,000 per person plus airfare (prices for 2007 still being set).
Con Ginny-Al Tours, 101 1st St., No. 417, Los Altos, CA 94022; (800) 842-4955, www.azorestours.org.