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Madeira - 2009 Apr 20 - May 4

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EasyJet Flight EZY 8937 from Gatwick to Madeira
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Over Brittany?
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Roger reading
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Ponta São Lourenço peninsula
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Madeira (top) and the Isle of Wight shown on the same scale. (Shameless rip-off from Google maps.) The official maps are the Carta Militar (needs Internet Explorer). See also our visit to Arran another island of comparable size
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top is a cross-section through Madeira from west to east.
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(Image ripped off from 068816.jpg found somewhere on the web.) ++++ Madeira, Easter 1999, a walking holiday can be linked from the postcard ++++ List of Arciprestados / Paróquias can be linked from somewhere

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AIDAaura cruise ship
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MS Independence of the Seas in Funchal harbour
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Five hundred years of development of naval architecture. The vessel on the left is a (presumably full size) replica of the Santa María de la Inmaculada Concepción which was the largest (!) of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage across the Atlantic in 1492. It does half-day trips along the south coast
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The old and the new - small fisherman and big ship
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The upper part is a copy of this image which is linked to from this page about RMS Titanic. It has been scaled to match the Independence in size. Bear in mind that the red bits of the Titanic represent its 10.5 metre, below the water line draught. With a draught of only 8.8 metres and that towering superstructure the Independence seems awfully top-heavy.
Avenida das Comunidades Madeirenses
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looking east along the coast. Note how soon the cliffs begin.
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looking east of Monte
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looking east towards the fort
Mercado dos Lavoradores - link needed
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The famous fish market was finished for the day when we arrived and was being cleaned up
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The courtyard, where flowers, fruit, leather and other goods are sold
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The Independence of the Seas dwarfs the buildings in Funchal
town centre
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Jacaranda trees and bougainvilla
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Homenagem a Bordeira - statue outside the Embroidery Museum
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bougainvillea grows out across the wires over the ribeiro
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Avenida Arriga?
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The Jacaranda trees contrast well with the yellow taxis
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Note the woman at extreme right taking a photograph. She appears in the same posture on the left of the previous!
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Statue of João Gonçalves da Câmara de Lobos first captain of Funchal (wikipic of same statue)
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Toyota showroom with traditional azulejos
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near the Marina shopping centre
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the Independence of the Seas seemed to be visible at the end of every street
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Elisabeth of Bavaria. The flowers in her hand are real
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Farewell to the Independence of the Seas
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In the old town restaurant area
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looking down on the Cimentos Madeira cement factory in Ribeira dos Socorridos
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the three chimneys on the right are on the Central Térmica da Vitória - the thermal power station with 16 diesel generators. Despite all that water (and a bit of wind power), this station generates 60% of the island's electricity

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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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
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Nymphs in alcoves
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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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Koi carp ponds
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Ancient olive tree and lavender


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