Ponta Delgada - A city that the Toon Army would be proud of - it's all symmetry and black and white patterns. I'm told that seeing patterns everywhere gives us humans the illusion of being in control.
Whatever the reason, it is very pretty.The roads and pavements are made of small black and white stone blocks in a vast array of mosaics. They seem to be very hard wearing and patterns are quite lovely. These are the City Gates or "Portas de Cidade".
But we've taken a bus ride on this stuff (see Cape Verde). It's not the smoothest of surfaces to drive on and I bet mechanics are making a fortune fixing vehicle suspension problems. And I reckon there's a good chance that doctors have to do the same for people after they've rattled around in said vehicles for a few years.
I dunno what the locals do to their trees, or how the trees survive it, but the stubby tree on the left is quite normal here and in Madeira. I tried to get an arty shot with the sun and the blue sky, but failed, so I've posted this one instead, it's outside the Forte de Sao Bras.
A Micro Library>>>
How cool is that!
And last but not least a couple of examples of graffiti. Awesome!