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... through to sweet. They use Verdelho to only make the semi dry style. It's still fortified, and a little sweet, but mainly dry and acidic. The really good Madeira is made from a red grape called Tinta Negra, and I think I'll be planting a few hundred of these vines when I get back home. Was interesting to learn how they age the wine in both barrels and also artificially by heating the wine in tanks. Heating it for 3 months at a warm temperature ...
... together chronologically for me
after visiting historic sites around Portugal over the last month.
I got a late start on my arrival day in Funchal so only
managed to see one garden. On my free day in Funchal after returning from
hiking on the island I took the bus up to the Madeira Botanic Garden, a more
traditional botanic garden with more of a focus of displaying a large variety
of different kinds ...
... consumption, and electricity generation. Being a more modern contruction, this tunnel was a higher one so didn’t involve the long distance squatting and ducking to avoid bumping my head the way as required for the tunnels on the walk along the older levada. There are no lights in the tunnels, so having a torch/flashlight of some sort is essential. Fortunately, I always travel with a small headlight I use for setting up my tent when I’m camping.
Although my week-long Madeira tour with Explore was focused
on hiking, the hikes were not too long or extreme which led to some time in the
afternoons for some short stop at other sites around the island. After the
Ponta Delgada hike we continued along the north coast to the towns of Porto
Cruz and Santana. To say “along the coast” is not really accurate since at
several places along the coast between valleys the cliffs rise ...
... tired, so I walked a little further to another church, and then found this really cool, narrow street. All along this street there were shops and mostly restaurants, and all had uniquely painted doors. It was spectacular art. I met back up with Steve and we popped into an interesting cafe for an overpriced meal.
Back at the hotel, I spent the afternoon on the hotel sundeck chatting with a very nice couple from Scotland who were there celebrating their 60th wedding ...