Dom Pedro Baia Club Hotel
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We left Lisbon early Tuesday morning and have just spent 3 days on the island of Madeira. Madeira is part of Portugal, but is located off the coast of Africa just west of Casablanca. A small island of about 800 sq km. It's 55 km long and no more than 22 km wide. Amazing landscape. There's a mountain range in the middle of the island reaching to a height of almost 2000m. Now for the mathematicians amongst you, I can see you all realising that a 2 km rise ...
... and different styles of gardens. A few highlights
are the formal gardens, the topiaries, a section devoted to native Madeiran
species, and a large collection of succulents from around the world. I was
particularly impressed by the various species of bananas and Strelitzias
(bird-of-paradise plants). You usually only see the ones with orange flowers,
but there are other varieties with flowers of other colors.
Our third hike day began with a spectacular drive up from the coast at Porto Moniz through extremely steep vineyards and then Laurasilva forest to an open area along the crest of the island at a place called Camara de Carga at around 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) elevation. Along the start of the hike the villages and vineyards of south coast under clear blue skies and the mass of swirling clouds and fog covered the mountains and canyons toward the north coast were ...
... 8217;s traditional!
Our lodging for the night was at Hotel Colmo in a village
named Santana, one of the highest altitude towns on the island at over 600
meters. Santana is known for its significant number of traditional small
A-frame farmhouses with thatched roofs and painted bright colors (mostly red, white,
and light blue). Nowadays no one actually lives in houses of that style
anymore, but they’re very cute and mostly used as ...
A fantastic party atmosphere on board as we celebrated the New Year.Dress for dinner was formal and it was great to see several passengers wearing kilts. We enjoyed Pre dinner cocktails complete with Haggis ceremony followed by a delicious Gala dinner.By now it was 10.30 everyone was in party mood. The top deck had been cleared, ice carvings covered the jacuzzis, the band was playing. We were anchored in the bay with the island of Madeira ...