Christmas Images and Videos 2

For those who can not see the Christmas lights this year on the island of Madeira … we offer you as a small consolation the next days some images (photos and films) of last plus this year illuminations.

The following video was taken last year. A terrific view of the gala-dress that the city of Funchal is wearing during the New Year’s Eve.

The lady capital of the island Madeira (Portugal) displays her with lights embroider dress, awaiting the countdown for the fireworks.

This was filmed aboard the catamaran and the music is performed by the band … The Madeira.
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Archaeological findings

Thousands of fragments of ballistic pieces, ceramic and stone objects, metal and bone were found in the excavations conducted by CEAM (Centre of Studies of Modern and Contemporary Archaeology) in the Fort of São José which is situated by the pier of Funchal. In a public appearance a propos the archaeological findings, Élvio Sousa, spokesperson and archaeologist for CEAM, affirmed that the interior of the Fort, which passes unperceivable for its external features, “reserves a great patrimonial interest”.

In accordance with the archaeologist, the pieces found may soon reveal some very important details of town life, on this island, in the past.

Élvio Sousa further highlighted the fact that the Fort of São José was the very first Fort to be scientifically excavated in Madeira and moreover, “it possesses a great interest, when it all boils down to the patrimonial standpoint of things“, unlike some opinions that affirm that it holds no value whatsoever.

Amongst the pieces exhumed there exists one in particular which stands out from the rest and which basically consists of a recipient that was used for ballistic fabrication such as bullets and canon balls. Other findings include pipe-like cylinders used for smoking, an array of bone-made buttons and inimitable trinkets made of fish spine.

The objects will, in the near future, be on public display at the Fort of São José. Its proprietor, Renato Barros, intends to convert the Fort into a museum. Though the Fort bears significant historical importance, the property nevertheless, has never been regarded or classified as a museum.

Renato Barros affirmed that he has no recollection whatsoever of having ever received from any government official any additional information regarding the Fort’s categorization as an “establishment of artistic, historic, or scientific interest…” Renato Barros concluded by adding that he has serious doubts of whether the classification will bring surplus value to the Fort.

(Renato Barros has provided us with this article)

You have also an impression about Madeira? … and would like to share it with us? Please do not hesitate to contact me …. I would very much like to publish it here for you.

More magical moments

Here are a few more magical shows that took place in front of Madeira …

Annemie from Belgium sent me the following images of a sunrise that she took when she was driving in a cab. Unfortunately it was the first time that she left her camera in her luggage … in the trunk of the taxi. By the time she got possession on her camera …. the best scenes of the sunrise were already performed …. but she could capture a few magic moments. In the background you see the Ilhas das Desertas (Desert Islands).

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(Photographer: Annemie)

Orlaith’s mother captured an amazing sky moment on the 4th of this month.

Amazing sky moment - Orlaiths mom

(Photographer: Orlaith’s mom)

You have also caught with your camera a magical Madeira moment? … and would like to share it with us? Please do not hesitate to contact me …. I would very much like to publish it here for you.

Another beautiful show at sea

One year ago I posted on Flickr.com images taken by Lilian …. of the clouds, the sky, the sun and the Atlantic ocean …. at the location of Caniço.

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These images became very popular on the web. See also the comments at Flickr.com

Just now (Sunday the 3rd of December 2006 …. one year later) similar spectacular show took place in front of our house …. at Arco da Calheta. I went outside to capture this beautiful scenery …..

Beautiful show at Arco da Calheta Beautiful show at Arco da Calheta Beautiful show at Arco da Calheta

See the images also at Flickr.com

Update: I also created a panoramic view. Click here

Madeira’s Christmas Images

Yesterday I went to Funchal in the evening and took some pictures of the Christmas lights (… of course I contemplated and enjoyed it first before I took the pictures).

This year there are more and new styles of lights (more colorful and refined) on the streets, squares, piers, boulevards, churches, trees, and so on.

Click on the images below for a larger version ….

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To see more of the latest Christmas images on Madeira, the please visit the following websites:

Flickr.com – Madeira Images
Porto Bay – Christmas on Madeira
Madeira Archipelago.comChristmas