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Incredible Voyages, Evolution and History Lies and the end of True Luxury
The slopes between quintessential Islet and Fire Lake, the path to an incredible 6 km voyage across climate zones, rising from the seas to peak 950 m above.

The seashore from Vila Franca facing the islet entrance, the begin of an even shorter but not less incredible geological voyage, ending less than one kilometer to the west at Degredo, the waterfall beach, seen at the left of the photo. A crash course to the lies of evolution theory and to the lies of Gaspar Frutuoso, today still considered THE chronist of the first 150 years of Azorean History.

Short before reaching the end of that voyage we have a glimpse of the end of yet another and even shorter incredible voyage: the last hundred meters of the totally secluded valley between Quinta da Lombinha and the last oceanfront vineyards, home to one of the last humid mesothermic macaronesian jungles.

1521, one year before Frutuoso was born and as Magalhães completed the most incredible voyage ever sailing the world's remaining half of uncharted waters, Vila Franca do Campo was still the largest european settlement in the 80 years old New World.

Despite that all the visible littoral remained protected from any settlement until 1990. 2006: True Luxury coming to an end. A last glimpse at Quinta da Lombinha short before it was destroyed in December, after 560 years of harmony between man and nature.

The first time Portugal was enslaved and the poet prophet Bandarra

In 1581, one year after 99 pct of Portugal lost its independence to Spain, as predicted by the poet and prophet Bandarra one generation before, his books were forbidden.

One year later, the waters surrounding the islet would be the first grave for independent Portugal, after the Spanish Armada slaughtered the last resistors fighting to the last man.
Accordig to notorious liar Frutuoso, the ones that were not slaughtered were hung in the islet.
Poet Bandarra was a young man as Luis Vaz de Camões, one of the two greatest portuguese poets, was born. Camões died year of fate 1580.
1603: slavery. Yet even in the darkest night, there is always a voice that says no. In Paris João de Castro ressuscitates Bandarra the first time.

The first time Portugal ressuscitated
1640, Lisbon: the Resurrection, again as predicted by Bandarra. The day Luísa de Gusmão, wife of the new proclaimed King of Portugal, chose to be "rather queen for a day then slave a lifetime".

Four statues
Camões statue stands in Lisbon since 1867, just 200 meters away from Fernando Pessoa, the second of those greatest poets, now one of the favorite photo subjects for Lisbon tourists.
Prince Henry, spiritually the first circum-navigator, contemplates the islet of Vila Franca since 1932. One year later Salazar proclaimed the day Camões died as the Day of Portugal.
Fernado Pessoa ressucitated Bandarra 1934, in his "Mensagem" ("Message") masterpiece, the only book published before his death 1935, almost unknown to the public and almost as miserably as Camões.
More precisely in the third and last Cycle, called "O Encoberto" ("The Hidden One"), seen as "disturbing".
The chapter is titled "Avisos" ("Warnings").
Now even Bandarra has a sculpture in Trancoso.

The second time or what not even Bandarra could have prophesized
Bandarra did not make any prophecies about the second time Portugal would lose national independence.
1986, when the portuguese would voluntarly give up their freedom, by first giving up part of the government authority, then their currrency and 2004 all of it, accepting in silent consent the EU constitution.
Something I imagine that neither this woman nor these men would ever had dreamt of.

The End of the Last Incredible Voyage - Last station: another Fire Lake
No wonder that 2007 most of them would watch again in silent consent the legalization of the most abominable crime humans can be accused of: mass murder of unborn babies.
One last incredible voyage and ultimate Circumnavigation: Fire, from Genesis to Apocalypse, from Earth to Hell.

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