The Vine, a divine hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
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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 ...
... 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.
... 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.
... served with an onion and tomato
sauce. The other dish I tried that’s on almost all menus in Madeira as an
appetizer is Limpets. What on earth is a Limpet? I had to Google it. They look
like small clams or scallops but are in fact Gastropods, small sea snails with
non-spiral shells – and they have the chewy consistency of snails. It’s one of
those things you have to try when it’s the specialty where you’re traveling.
... the passengers have to walk a mile or so to bus stop number 1 on the route, the ‘yellow’ bus passengers are chauffeured straight to stop number 3 in a vintage bus. This ‘shuttle’ looked like it was from the era of the late 40s or early 50s but this was definitely more comfortable (I was going to add ‘than what I remember’ but it was a bit before my time!!) but I will just say ‘from the last time I rode on a vintage ...