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Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal April 25th 2018

An easy day today ! On my tick list this trip - Santa Catarina Park All previous visits to Funchal have either been in Winter time or we have been out & about around the island so today was an ideal time to have a stroll around the park. It is a public holiday today (Revolution Day) & a huge cruise ship is in port so I was surprised that the park was not busier. It was quite early so I'm guessing the locals were enjoying a lie-in & the cruisers their breakfast on board. I entered the park next to the Presidential Palace Gardens, the gates of the park were closed so it was not open to the public today. Something else to add to my tick list for another day! The lake was gleaming ... read more
Santa Catarina Park
Santa Catarina Park
Santa Catarina Park

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal April 24th 2018

A break from Flowers - Tour of historic Theatre "Baltazar Dias" On February 9th 1882, The City Hall of Funchal made the decision to build a new theatre on the fields of the Old St. John's market. The project was commenced by the architect Tomas Auguster Soler from Oporto but due to his early death in 1883 the project was handed over to its fellow architect Jose Macedo de Araulo Junior. The theatre follows the typical Italian model based on the "Sao Carlos Theatre" in Lisbon & "La Scala Theatre" in Milan.The construction was completed in 1887 but the theatre was not officially inaugurated until March 1888.The theatre's name changed several times. Initially in homage to the Queen of the time "Theatre D. Maria Pia". Then came the Republican Revolution & the city hall thought the ... read more
Decorative ceilings on Foyer
Presidential box
128 bulbs!

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal April 23rd 2018

Sunday 22nd - Flower Parade - Part 1 Well the skies were a little bit cloudy but the clouds didn't look to be full of rain, a good sign that the Flower Parade would be going ahead. We have plenty of time to enjoy Funchal during the Flower Festival period so spent a leisurely morning at the hotel. The Flower Parade gathering point was close to our hotel but we decided not to peep but wait for the parade to arrive at our designated grandstand spot. The roads were closed about 12.30pm as the crowds gathered to line the route. A great atmosphere with so much more to come. We set off around 2.30pm taking a slow amble along the promenade and finally came to our spot for the afternoon, not far from the cruise terminal. ... read more
Great carnival atmosphere
Smiles all around
600 Springtimes 1st Float

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal April 23rd 2018

Flower Parade - Part 2 It is difficult to imagine that all the hard work & effort is preparing for yesterday's parade was all over in 3 hours. As we left our seating area, hoards of people were returning to their cruise ship for dinner, others like us found somewhere en route back to the hotel. As we walked back, participants of the parade were still wearing their beautiful costumes and many still grasping their bouquets. The carnival atmosphere was still going on and for some probably well into the evening. We had an enjoyable meal overlooking the Marina, then back to the hotel fir a nightcap and an early night. Here are more images of the parade so sit back and enjoy the rest of the parade. Last evening and today all of the static ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal April 21st 2018

Saturday 21st We woke to find cloudy skies & raindrops! The big question was 'Will The Children's Parade still take place.' Following breakfast we checked with the reception staff & sadly the Children's Parade and the Wall of Hope mural has been cancelled, hopefully to be rescheduled for next Saturday. I'm guessing with all the rain & lots of bedraggled little ones it would not be good for their health. For the past three decades hundreds of children, dressed for the occasion parade the Main Street each carrying a flower to be placed in a beautiful flower mural symbolically named 'Wall of Hope'.The initiative combines childhood innocence and the delicacy of flowers calling for peace in the world. I hope we are able to witness this spectacle next week as the ceremony usually culminates with the ... read more
Well watered promenade displays
Inviting entrance to Flower exhibition
Colourful displays

Europe » Portugal » Madeira April 20th 2018

Friday 20th Jet2 airline now fly to Funchal, Madeira from our local airport at Stansted which meant we only had a 15 minute journey to the airport this morning. We arrived very early for our 11am departure and surprised at so few people there were at check-in and security but we're not complaining, it gave us plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Take off on schedule, a comfortable & pleasant flight until we were making our descent into Funchal airport. The Captain announced that due to high winds the landing had been aborted ! A loud sigh could be heard from the passengers as the captain continued to report that he would circle and try once more to land the plane but if this failed he would have to divert to the Canary Islands! ... read more
Welcome display in reception
Magnificent Protea
Lobby display

Europe » Portugal » Madeira March 27th 2018

Rest of pictures because of bad internet connection.... read more
Mercedes taxis
More switchbacks & tunnels

Europe » Portugal » Madeira March 24th 2018

Island of Madeira & Sea day The endurance test today is on the island of Madeira and in particular the town of Funchal. The bus takes us on a winding road (they are all winding – not possible to make a straight one) through the mountains to villages and scenic lookouts. At the first lookout we were treated to Poncha a local drink made from rum, lemon and orange juice. Not likely to find this at the LCBO. The weather cooperated and was sunny and warm all day. We stopped in Camara des Lobos for some free time so we found a café beside the church (it is amazing how many churches and cathedrals are here). We had coffee and another pastel de nata. A warm custard tart with a flaky pastry and topped with a ... read more
City below
Cliff from a distance
Cliff HDR

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Quinta Grande February 18th 2018

Zaterdag 17 februari 2018 6e vakantiedag Na het ontbijt maken we ons klaar voor weer een mooie wandeling. We rijden eerst naar Ribeira Brava en dan omhoog naar één van de gehuchtjes boven op de berghellingen. Onze navigatie zoekt uiteraard niet de gewone doorgaande weg, maar kiest de meest onmogelijke kleine steile weggetjes weer uit! Af en toe echt niet te rijden, dus zoeken we soms een alternatief. We komen uit bij een klein cafeetje: hier vlakbij kunnen we de Levada do Norte op. We hebben een flinke wandeling voor de boeg, we wandelen langs deze Levada en komen afwisselend langs huizen, landbouwgrondjes, waar zowel de aardappels net geoogst worden als nieuwe alweer gelegd. Ze kunnen hier op Madeira wel 3 x per jaar aardappels oogsten! Verder groeien hier kolen, uien, bananen, suikerriet, fruitbomen, pompoenen enz. ... read more
Levada do Norte
Levada do Norte

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Madeira December 31st 2017

MADEIRA Wat is nou een mooi moment om weer eens een vakantie te boeken: Wat denk je van een lang vrij kerstweekend Na wat zoeken naar verschillende bestemmingen kwam de gedachte aan Madeira op. Jaren geleden zijn we daar ook al eens geweest en het is een heerlijke wandelbestemming. Het oog viel op een hotel wat weg van het drukkere toeristische Funchal. Het wordt Quinta do Alto de São João een hotel op een berghelling in Ponta do Sol, auto erbij, die heb je wel nodig om verschillende bestemmingen te bereiken. Ja en dan ga ik maar meteen op zoek naar websites met informatie, download ik een app met Levada wandelingen en zet alvast wat "niet te missen" bezienswaardigheden op een rijtje! 2 Weken voor onze vertrekdatum krijgen we de reispapieren (tickets en vouchers) binnen! ... read more
Onze auto voor de komende 2 weken
Cabo Girão
Aangekomen op Madeira

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