Posts Tagged ‘Madeira’

Madeira Day 4 – Funchal

Madeira Day 4 – Funchal

With a flight in the early evening, we decided to spend the last day exploring Funchal’s hills.  We strolled through the narrow sun-drenched streets to the sea front, taking photos of the colourful painted doors (some much more tastefully assualted than others), and sat down for a while on the promenade wall taking in the […]

Madeira Day 3 – West Island tour

Madeira Day 3 – West Island tour

Organised tours are generally not my cup of tea…being herded from site to site, crushed under the hoofs of 50 pairs of sandaled feet that people seem to think is quite OK to wear white socks underneath, an expensive lunch stop that is generally a thrown-together buffet of ‘local food’….and repeating that mundane ‘getting to […]

Madeira Day 2 – East Island Tour

Madeira Day 2 – East Island Tour

Luis Suarez, wearing a suit with black bowtie and a chauffeur’s hat, greeted us at the hotel and asked us what we wanted to see on our personalised afternoon tour of the east of the island.  Well, a Louis Suarez lookalike at least, who took his role as private chauffeur very seriously.  He recommended an […]

4 Days in Madeira Day 1 – Around Funchal

4 Days in Madeira Day 1 – Around Funchal

It’s wonderful when a place completely surpasses your expectations.  Every view seems sharper and more colourful, every ice-cream creamier and tastier, every exchange with a local friendlier, and every passion fruit poncha (the strong local cocktail made of rum, honey, sugar and lemon rind) more potent and delicious.  Madeira definitely exceeded our expectations.  The only […]

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