Blogs from Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, Europe


Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal May 7th 2023

7th May Sadly our last day. We watched the Coronation on the TV yesterday with Sky News. Loved every minute of it. We’ve not ventured far today, around our hotel there is always something to enjoy whether it be watching the cruise ships come in and out of port, the daily ferry that goes to Porto Santo or the little sailboats and sailboarders. We will miss our little walks along the promenade and down the old street tothe cheery baker who always gave a service with a smile as he prepared our croissants/rolls for lunch which we then enjoyed on the balcony watching the world go by. This afternoon a parade of classic cars, no luxury of a grandstand seat but we managed to find a good spot along the roadside. The beautifully dressed girls, ladies ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal May 4th 2023

4th May As we have booked 2 tours through Jet2 we received a half day tour free so Benita & I took the free option. Sergio was our driver, our first stop was a viewpoint overlooking Funchal, a different one to the previous tour. I enjoyed admiring the swan agave as much as the view. Next we had a stop in the village of Garajau, the home of our driver. Situated here is the statue of Christ the King of Garajau, one of the most emblematic monuments on the east coast. The statue of Christ the King of Garajau was erected in honour of the Sagrado Coração de Jesus. It’s inauguration took place on the 30 October 1927. The statue was designed by the French sculptor Georges Serraz. The Christ the King viewpoint also allows you ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal May 3rd 2023

3rd May Our hotel is situated in the old town of Funchal and within close proximity there is always something interesting to see. As the Portuguese almost completely dominated the North Atlantic routes in ancient times, the defence of the island did not seem of special importance. Because of this negligence, in 1566 Funchal suffered a terrible pirate attack, where many people were slaughtered. In spite of the constant danger of another attack, only in 1614 the São Tiago Fort was finally built to protect Funchal from the corsairs. In 1767 it was enlarged and exclusively served military purposes until 1992, the year in which Madeira’s Regional Government decided to use it for cultural activities. There is also a restaurant with view across the battlements. A little further on is The Socorro Church, also known as ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal May 1st 2023

30th April Sunday is the day of the Great Allegoric Flower Parade when thousands of locals and tourists descend on Funchal. After breakfast Benita, Rosemary & I went to collect our grandstand seats, we had pre-ordered them on line before arriving in Madeira but no tickets are issued until the day. As we walked to the pickup point rows and rows of empty tiered seats which would be full later in the day. We had no idea what number grandstand we would be located in. We had passed 10 grandstands most each side of the road, a fair walk from our hotel & even more beyond. We were handed our tickets & what a bonus we had obviously been some of the first to book as we were in Grandstand No. 1 seats 912-917, not too ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal April 29th 2023

29th April Met up with my Flower Club friends for a photo opportunity amongst the flowers in the hotel lobby. They went on their way and Benita, David & I set off to visit the area by the Ritz Cafe where we like to sit and people watch outside the Theatre close to the municipal gardens. The town was bustling, no cruise ship in port today but obviously still plenty of visitors all here for the Flower Festival. Little kiosks were dotted all along the Avenue, selling flowers, local delicacies, drinks and souvenirs, the paper flower decorations overhead blowing in the warm breeze. Suddenly the sound of folk singers could be heard and with their colourful costumes it was both a beautiful sound and a colourful sight as they paraded through the crowds. The flowers were ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal April 28th 2023

28th April Another hot day in Madeira, not that we are complaining ! Benita & I took a walk to the local main farmers market, I have been down ‘Door Street’ as I call it many times but a first for Benita. There were a few newly painted doors so I had to capture them. This historic district known as “Old Town”, has over the past few years gone through a process of revitalization, in order to turn it into a more significant and attractive cultural centre and a permanent art gallery with decorative paintings on about 200 doors along Rua de Santa Maria. It didn’t take long to arrive at the market which was bustling. Two flower sellers outside and even more inside as well as exotic fruits of all shapes, sizes & colours. Locals ... read more
Creative door art in old town
Farmers Market

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal April 26th 2023

Decided today would be a chill day around the pool area, although Benita did take a lovely long walk along the pretty promenade and through part of the town she saw yesterday. (1.5 hrs walking a bit too much for me & definitely Mr.M). Saving our energy for tomorrow’s trip out of Funchal. I was looking forward to a flower arranging event at the hotel, I think I got myself too excited because it wasn’t hands on but watching the hotel florist arrange a huge display in the dining room which consisted of hard ruscus, eucalyptus,Star of Bethlehem and lots and lots of spray chrysanthemum. What looked more interesting was a display being created in the hotel lobby as part of the celebration for the flower festival. Only three people watching in the dining room but ... read more
Breakfast time
Hotel florist

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal April 25th 2023

After a good nights sleep we were up in good time to enjoy the wonderful choice for breakfast. Following breakfast we met with Pedro our Jet2 helper during our stay here, usually I would not attend the welcome meeting as we have been to Madeira several times but it was good for Benita to learn from a local all about the island without it being a hard sell. A leisurely morning in the beautiful sunshine was the recipe for the day, went up onto the sun roof area but with little shade and no breeze it was a bit too hot. A snack from the local bakery for lunch and then whilst David was napping Benita & I went for a short walk along the promenade passed all the little food & drink vehicles, the statues ... read more
Good morning sister dear
Hotel sun roof
Hotel sun roof

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal April 24th 2023

It’s been a while! We were due to visit Madeira back in 2020 to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary, 3 years on following covid lockdown we’ve finally managed to return for the wonderful Flower Festival Season with the added bonus of bringing my dear sister Benita for her first ever visit to this beautiful island. An early start from home yesterday to Stansted for our 3.5 hour flight with Jet2. A lot of changes since we last took a flight when we arrived from Mauritius just as lockdown started. Airport was very busy but with online check-in & very helpful Jet2 staff at the bag drop is wasn’t long before we were making our way through security - A kind airport worker ushered us to follow the purple line aimed at people with less mobility (David’s ... read more
Our rooms have a lovely sea view

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal March 26th 2023

March 26 – Madeira It’s 7:30 am, the room is still dark the sun hasn’t begun to show itself. All I see is Kirsten’s smiling face, Good Morning sugar. We’re home, I look out our cabin sliding doors and it truly looks like I’m looking out our bedroom sliding doors overlooking Lake Howard. We’re in Madeira, our first stop after crossing the Atlantic. It’s an island part of an archipelago islands belonging to Portugal off the coast of Africa. We docked sometime early, Kirsten was up, dressed, ready for breakfast leaving out the door saying I’ll see you up on the Lido Deck. You better hurry, were getting off the ship on the first group. I rollout of bed and hurry getting dressed. I arrive on the Lido deck Kirsten has already has my breakfast waiting ... read more

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