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May 6, 2019 - The Madeira flower festival in Funchal

Madeira is called the island of flowers or the floating garden. The timing of my trip was specifically arranged so I could be in Madeira for its annual flower festival. While there are many festival events over several weeks, the undoubted highlight is the flower parade, this year held on Sunday 5 May commencing at 4pm. I arrived early and snagged a front row position behind the barricades where I could get some great close-up shots. It took 3 hours for the entire parade to pass me. There were at least 15 flower decorated floats and at...

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May 3, 2019 - Monte Palace tropical gardens, Madeira

This is a bonus blog entry! I normally only do one post from each town, but I had so many lovely photos of these amazing gardens that I decided to share some with you. I caught the cable car from Funchal to reach these gardens - a spectacular 20 minute trip up the mountains. According to the Conde Nast Traveller magazine, these gardens are one of the 13 most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. This features prominently in their advertising, so I found the list online to see which other gardens made the cut. Their list included the...

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Jul 17, 2018 - Up date for Thursday 14th

Dear all, Well on the catch up again using free wifi in the terminal. Last Thursday we were on the island of Maderia, a Portuguese controlled island in the Canary Islands. We went up a mountain that was550mtrs high by cable car. At the top was the view but to get down we rode down in the toboggan. It is a cane chair on wooden slides. It is only controlled by the Two men who hold onto ropes. The roads were very steep and shiny and to go around corners the men pulled the ropes and moved their weight. There was the potential to be scared but...

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Our Big Trip

Jan 27, 2018 - Funchal, Madeira (Portugal)

I think we have landed in paradise! We have been in Madeira for two weeks in the main city of Funchal with a population of 110,000 and have had non stop sunshine and 20C temperatures. We have a comfortable apartment on a hill above the city with the bus stop, small grocery and a wonderful bakery right outside our door – or it is a 30 minute walk straight downhill to the centre of town. Madeira (that means “wood” in Portuguese - that suits Madeira Park as well, given our forests) was discovered the island in 1418; it became famous for...

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Jan 14, 2016 - A warm day in Funchal Madeira

After a very pleasant and busy sea day yesterday (guest lecture, excellent dancing lesson and a warmer swim and Jacuzzi ) in calmer seas in spite of quite a strong wind we arrived at Funchal, Madiera for our first port. In spite of getting up in the dark at 7am it was still 10am before we left the cruise ship! We were lucky as the weather was warm 22degree with hazy sunshine but the low clouds were over the tops of the hills so we decided it was not worth going up the cable car to the Tropical gardens. After much debate we decided to try...

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Nov 22, 2014 - Funchal

Sat. 22 Nov. 2014 Weather:-21 Degrees/Sunny and Rain, Again... Funchal, Portugal 10:30  17:00 6 ½ h Last Night we went to the Captain’s Cocktail Party, the only thing was the captain did not turn up, high seas was mentioned-he had to stay on the bridge-but it did pass my mind that WE had stood him up for the ‘Welcome Aboard Party/Photos with the Captain Party’ which was held on the first night on board maybe it was him saying “Touché’” Do you think??? The seas have been choppy causing delays/earlier departures at different ports to make...

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Med. Melodies Encore

Nov 18, 2013 - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal Nov 18 Madeira was different: different from any other port on the trip and different from any place Grammar and I had been. There were five cruises ships in Funchal’s snug harbour when we were there. That is three more than any other place we have been. Some of the ships held maybe 4000 passengers (ours only had 750) Tourists were everywhere in Funchal – swarms of them. It is obviously a popular resort and a prime destination for shoppers. Lots of famous, name-brand shops have outposts there. What is interesting...

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Apr 25, 2013 - Funchal, Madeira (Portugal)

4/25 – 5/2 Eight days brought us almost across the Atlantic Ocean to the city of Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Maybe you remember the Kingston Trio song, “Have Some Madeira My Friend”? We took the ship shuttle into town to check the place out. We visited the local market and fish store then checked out a church that was built in the early 1500’s. We took a cable car up a mountain to get a bird’s eye view of the city. On the top we found these neat wicker sleds that you could take back down the mountain. Unfortunitly we had...

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Dec 2, 2012 - Funchal

We had one sea day, and then we were at Funchal, Madeira Island (Portugal). We took a bus tour which stopped at the winery, toured the island, and then stopped at the fishing village where Winston Churchill vacationed and painted. (His name is on everything!).

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Mar 18, 2011 - Funchal, Madeira (Portugal)

We arrived in Funchal ("the place where fennel grows") on the Portugese island of Madeira ("island of woods") last night about 6:00, although we were supposed to arrive at 8:00 this morning. The island was discovered in 1419. We took a tour to ride the sledges--dog sled-like woven carriages that slid down the hillside on narrow streets, assisted by two men per sled. At times we could smell the burning wood runners on the asphalt-like pavement. We went about 2 km in 10 minutes. What a kick!. Also visited the Monte Church, build in 1818, high...

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Oct 18, 2010 - Madeira Islands

@@@@@@@ Background The islands that make up the Madeira archipelago are Madeira, Porto Santo, Desertas and the Savage Islands; they lie 520 km off the coast of Africa and 1,000 km from Portugal. They were completely uninhabited when the Portuguese explorer Henry the Navigator ‘rediscovered’ them in 1420. Islands in that general vicinity appear on very old maps so the consensus is that the Portuguese were not the first peoples aware of their existence. However, they were the first territorial discovery during the initial exploratory period...

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Mar 24, 2010 - Funchal, Portugal

Docked Funchal, Madeira at 10am. Pop: 101,000. Went to the Tourism center for some info then had a coffee while organising our day. Warm and clear day. About 24 degrees.Caught the cable car for a long trip up the hill 10E each and had a picnic lunch in the beautiful Jardim tropical Monte gardens. 10E entrance. Wandered for a couple of hours; had a free tasting of madiera wine which tasted like sherry and caught the toboggan down. 12.50E each. From there we walked the steep straight road back down the rest of the hill, stopping for a local...

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Europe 2010

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