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Madeira - 2009 Apr 20 - May 4

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Teleférico Funchal-Monte
Lower station
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Looking up to Monte
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Cacti are used to create a fence below the cars.
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Inside the base station
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Close up of the cactus fence
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When I saw this telephérique, I said "I bet that was built by Austrians" and sure enough it was. See Rancho for another by Doppelmayr
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Me at ease. Teleférico in the background
The ascent
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Looking to the harbour with AIDAaura moored there
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Looking towards Monte
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Scaffold monkeys?
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2016
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In 2016 August there was an extensive wildfire here. Six weeks later Frank Ardley took this view from the telephérico. The hillside is totally bare. On the left we can see things like fridges scattered on the ground. Follow the maps link and look at Google StreetView to see the lush vegetation that was there before.

Cabo Girão
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Looking down to Ribeira Quinta Grande

Quinta Grande
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Teleférico down cliff
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Cruz da Caldeira
Miradouro Restaurant
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looking towards Funchal
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espetada is meat on a long skewer. It is brought to your table on the skewer and hung up. In this restaurant they have holes in the table and in the tablecloth to take the stand. Also visible in this picture is another Madeiran speciality milho frito - fried cornmeal cubes

Encosta Cabo Girão
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looking down to the villas. The location means that the HPB site may be cool and in cloud when it is sunny in Funchal
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the view from our bedroom window. Stayed in this unlikely article for all of four days until some mean-minded person said image removed - not in the UK, this article doesn't need photographs anyway.
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from the clubhouse
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HPB have created a path with an artificially tidy levada passing through the site. The real Levada do Norte runs nearby.
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These tiny lizards scuttle over all the baclonies
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HPB site at Encosta Cabo Girao

Jardim Tropical Monte Palace
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Japanese garden
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Lilies grow in profusion beneath these dramatic tree ferns
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top of Japanese garden
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Chinese warriors
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Is this the Budai
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Stepping stones
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Roger in silhouette
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Roger in the style of Caravaggio
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Looking down through the garden towards Funchal
Grotto
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Nymphs in alcoves
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azulheos
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(Image ripped off from somewhere on the web.)
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The tallest vase in the world according to the 1992 Guinness Book of Records. 5345 mm high. Now beaten by a clay pot in Taiwan.
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Aberdeen Sandra also went to Madeira see bottom of this page and other pages.
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There seem to be very few dogs in Madeira and most of those we saw were asleep
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Canna lilies
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Spot the frogs! Who definitely knew the croaking chorus!
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Crocosmia
Koi carp ponds
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Ancient olive tree and lavender

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