Blogs from Madeira, Portugal, Europe - page 12


Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal December 31st 2007

We arrived at Madeira at our due time, but had been advised by fellow passengers as to what to expect and they were correct. We did not dock at Funchal but tendered in. Why? Because there was a cruise ship traffic jam with, seemingly, half the cruise ships in Europe trying to dock at once. There were two or three super cruisers and all the big companies were there, including Black Watch from Fred Olsen. We eventually anchored about 3 kms to the east of the main harbour about half a kilometre out and, following clearance, were on the second tender. However, when we arrived in the harbour - which only had three slots for landing tenders - we were in a line of boats sent from about nine other cruise ships. It took until 5 ... read more
Madeira -  D with Xmas Decorations
Madeira -  New Year Decorations on the Waterfront at Funchal
Madeira - M in Funchal

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Madeira December 6th 2007

are u ready for this........... ASKED ME TO MARRY HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am engaged!!!!!! wow it still doesnt seem real, but yes he asked me last night and my ring is absolutly AMAZING! I am still shaking! he was so nervous...but said everything right and was so sweet!!!! I obviously was crying and shaking but had to tell everyone,,so we went to the nightclub and my whole cast was there and I CRIED MORE, and everyone celebrated with us...we got Champagne and the DJ enounced us being engaged....and we danced....and just had the best night ever! I STILL CANT BELIEVE IT!!!! we are talking about having it summer of 2009...that gives me time when I get home to get settled...and then start planning!!! WOW I have waited my whole life for this, and I couldnt be happier....everyone ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Madeira April 21st 2006

Today would unfortunately be my last on the island. I had a 5:00 P.M. flight back to Lisbon so, I had to have the bike back by about 3:00 P.M. I took another route from Seixal across the highlands to the center of the island. The going was a bit chilly at the higher elevation but not enough to deter my progress. Approaching Funchal, I made a quick detour to the inland town of Curral das Freiras. What a great decision that turned out to be. The town lies in the middle of a dramatic valley that resembles Yosemite. Valley walls rise up in all directions to dizzying heigths. Unfortunatley, team orson’s ever-whining team photographer had allowed his camera’s memory to run out! So…no pictures from Curral das Freiras. I made my way back to Funchal ... read more
Steep Climb

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Madeira April 20th 2006

After a refreshing night’s sleep, I decided to make my way around the west coast of the island. By mid-morning, the ocean mist had burned away and I had clear blue skies. Porto Moniz lies in the Nortwest corner of the island. They have some neat salt water bathing pools amidst the crashing waves. Purdy cool. From Porto Moniz, the road climbs straight up. Before long, it seems as if I had been teleported directly to Northern California. The road cut a path through a grove of eucalyptus trees looking for all the world like the section of the Pacific Coast Highway just north of Bolinas. Of all the places I’ve ridden, this section came the closest to matching the PCH for twistyness and beauty. Unfortunately, it only lasted for a few kilometers. The entire stretch ... read more
Porto Moniz

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Madeira April 19th 2006

Tonight’s destination would be another quaint fishing village on the northern coast named Seixal, in the heart of the famed Madeira wine growing area. I followed the coastal road but took every opportunity to explore any roads I encountered heading up into the mountains. These inland roads provided scenery just as dramatic as the coastline. Mountainous terrain shot straight up into the sky at dizzying rates. Farmers took every chance to cultivate any plot of available terrain, with terraced plots in every conceivable nook and cranny. Some of these backroads had also benefited from E.U. funds with a new coat of pavement making for some great curve strafing. Thank gawd for the E.U. funds. The last section of coastal road before reaching Seixal was clawed from the precarious cliffside making for a dramatic view of the ... read more
Road Heading Inland
Coastline Near Sao Vicente
More Dramatic Coastline

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Madeira April 18th 2006

Madeira is a Portuguese island in the Atlantic approximately 300 miles off the coast of Morocco. I first read about the island’s beauty about 20 years ago. It must have been from a motorcycle magazine because that’s all I read back in those days. I had my first visit two years ago when I travelled there with the girl friend unit. Although we were in a rental car, I was impressed with the twisty mountain roads and made a note to myself that I must return and ride the roads on two wheels. Last week, I got my wish. I made arrangements to rent a BMW 650GS and explore the island’s backroads. Only 36 miles long and 18 miles wide, Madeira squeezes in some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. Dramatic mountain peaks and valleys tumble ... read more
North Coast
Looking West
Native Flora

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal December 18th 2004

Hello my fellow travellers! As we docked in Funchal, after spending a full day at sea, I was still pretty much out of commission. The worst had passed but I was on a very definite fluid diet ordered back to the cabin. The rest of my family wanted to go ashore and I said no worries, just go and enjoy, I'll be here drinking Pepsi, eating soup and reading a book. Trying to regain some strength. My mother was concerned of course, as mothers should be but she went along with my father and Anders. They spent a few hours walking around in Funchal before returning to the ship, I decided I didn't want to miss Madeira all together so I managed to drag my weak diseased body ashore, standing on the shore for a couple ... read more
Funchal Harbour
Beautiful Bush
M/S Carousel

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal December 17th 2004

Hello my fellow travellers! This was probably the worst day of the trip for me. I was completely knocked out by the flu and totally bedridden (or in reality bathroom ridden) for the whole day. May day pretty much all consisted of vomiting and forcing down some creamy soups and Pepsi, which was the only combination of food and drink I could manage to get down. Fortunately they delivered everything to my room promptly. I was also given a antibiotics cure by the boat physician. This was something that actually plagued the whole boat (both my mother and uncle contracted it towards the end of the trip when I was starting to feel better) so he really had his hands full and even forgot to charge us for it. My parents had actually been quite concerned ... read more
Cool Towel Folding!

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal December 5th 2000

Hello my fellow travellers! Continuing to catch up on the travels of my youth the turn has come to a short trip to the beautiful island of Madeira. This was my last trip all up until 2004 but we did make it count. I have surprisingly few photos from this trip, but I do have many good memories of it though. Madeira literally mean "the green island" and it lives up to it's name as it's covered in emerald green forests as far as the eye can see. We stayed in Funchal but we also visited the Valley of the Nuns. It has remained fairly undeveloped and as such still retain much of the old architecture and still remain a peaceful little hamlet deep in the mountains. In Funchal we also visited the gorgeous Church of ... read more
Dance Exhibition
Group Photo
View of the City

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