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... it felt like we were in an aeroplane looking down on the clouds. Never seen so many Agapanthus - they are everywhere. We stayed in a guest house about 2km from the city centre. It was a bit dated, but will live in my memory forever. On the beds there was one pillow each, roughly the thickness of a pillow slip plus a single piece of tissue paper. The thinnest pillows ever seen. I asked for another couple and then we had pillows equivalent to having ...
... 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.
... other side of the tunnel we had a lunch stop in warm sunshine before beginning our descent to three more lower levadas, a mix of walks down steep trails and steps to each lower level levada followed by very long nearly flat walks along the levadas. However much we descended, though, where we met our vans after 16 kilometers (almost 10 miles) of walking downhill, I suspect we still descended an additional 2,000 vertical feet further through the vineyards until we got to the ...
... t caught on as a beach destination despite its great surfing conditions. After drying off quickly after my few minutes floundering around in the chilly Atlantic, I decided it was time for a rather sorry Madeiran attempt at a Caiparinha, accompanied by an interesting Madeiran snack – Lupines. They look a little like large yellow beans or oversized corn kernels, but the cooked seeds are in fact from the lupine plant. I would have never thought the flowering ...
... br> restaurant to try out a Madeiran specialty called Gaiado, a small tunalike fish
that’s dried and then served in strips with onion, tomato, and vinaigrette. The
flavor is intensely fishy, which I quite like, but not super salty like
The restaurant owner then invited us to his home wine cellar
for generous tastes of his 10-year aged Madeira wine. Madeira is fortified and generally
sweet and drunk abroad as a dessert wine, ...