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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 ...
... 000 vertical feet in 15 minutes, kind of like ski
gondola over a cityscape.
The higher of Funchal’s two main gardens is in neighborhood
called Monte near the top of suburban settlement. As well as the gardens there’s
also a pilgrimage church in neighborhood, Igreja Nossa Senhora do Monte, that
oddly enough contains the tomb of Emperor Charles I of Austria, the last
Habsburg emperor who ...
... 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 ...
Our first stop was at the local market, Friday's and Saturdays are their busiest times but today, Wednesday the flowers, fruit and fish were still in abundance.
The entrance arch to the market was flanked by two large typical Portuguese blue tiled murals, depicting the flower and fruit sellers from years gone by. As beautiful as these murals were, I was distracting by the sight of colourful flower stalls and the flower sellers in ...
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I tried a couple more island specialties at dinner at the
hotel restaurant. Madeira’s most famous dish is a type of fish locally called
Espada that’s translated as Black Scabbard Fish in English. It lives at very
deep elevations and is especially ugly in appearance but tastes delicious. The
traditional preparation is either with local bananas or with a passion fruit
sauce but is also sometimes just ...