The most magnificent place on the island was definitely Terra Nostra, a park in Furnas. Although, the hot springs were to warm for my taste we had a nice long walk along the immense botanic gardens belonging to the park. These gardens are extremely varied, containing trees, flowers, … from environments all over the world.
Before you reach Terra Nostra however, you first see the lake of Furnas. In the park aside this lake, we found a wood carving of “Gandalf of Furnas”. Whether this is a reference to Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”, I must confess, I have no idea. I only ever heard of Gandalf the Grey” and “Gandalf the White”.