Golden Residence Apartment Hotel
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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.
... The hike started out cold and windy but in bright sunshine near the start of one of the island's highest levadas. Although the walk probably has a different name, I don’t recall it and can’t find it on online maps, so I’m just calling it The Five Levadas Walk because it would take us along five levadas at different altitudes through the day.
We soon crossed back over the crest and descended into a north side valley that is 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 ...
... 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, ...