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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 ...
... heavy on Asian-themed gardens and water features. There’s also a
small museum displaying Berardo’s extensive collection of contemporary
Zimbabwean art, and the trails which snake downwards through the gardens are
lined with about 50 works of art in azulejos (glazed ceramic tiles) each
depicting scenes from a different era of Portuguese history, including one for
each Portuguese king. This helped ...
... 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 ...
... the major markets for Madeira (or
Malmsey as it’s sometimes called in Britain) because it didn’t spoil in the hot
climate when even cellars could get very warm. After our tastes Mr. Souza offered
us the opportunity to buy a liter of his good wine for 10 Euros a liter. I
couldn’t resist the offer. Mr. Souza went to his collection of empty plastic
liter water and soda bottles, grabbed one, and filled it up with wine from the cask.
Here we are, still in Madeira enjoying the slow pace of life and the constant and predictable weather. The last two days the wind has kicked up and the forecasted high has dropped like a rock from 20 to 18 and we can't seem to take our eyes off the window and its views of trees being gently buffeted, as though we are witnessing Hurricane Katrina, an impending ice age and the evolution of Portuguese outerwear all at the same time.
I finally worked up ...