Monthly Archives: June 2006

View Madeira from above

At last Google Earth has (satellite) images of the island of Madeira. Although these are not very recent images as some of you might notice …. but it gives a very detailed view of the houses, roads and other buildings on the island. Have a look at a few snapshots I have made from Google Earth: What is Google Earth?

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Madeira Blog Translated

Lot of travel and lodging businesses that also owns a website spend lot of time and money in having a multilingual website. For example I write this weblog about Madeira in English … but I also would like to have a Portuguese version … because Madeira is a Portuguese island. The same time I want to reach another mayor visitor’s

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Half Cow In The Mist

A nice small country near the sea where more than 15 million people lives there, which makes it one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Even though it’s densely populated, it has many nature areas and magnificent views. With it’s picturesque towns and villages. And all over the country you can find water, water, and more water.

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Toboggan Video

A video impression of the toboggan sledge ride from Monte to Funchal. Filmed by Evendia.

Madeira from the Sea

Out of the delicate dream of the distance an emerald emerges Veiled in the violet folds of the air of the sea; Softly the dream grows awakening — shimmering white of a city, Splashes of crimson, the gay bougainvillea, the palms. High in the infinite blue of its heaven a quiet cloud lingers, Lost and forgotten of winds that have

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Flights Spain to Porto Santo

This summer the Spanish air company ‘Hola-Airlines’ will be operating a charter flight to Porto Santo between the months of July and September. The company will operate a Boeing 757-200 with capacity for 200 passengers and will fly a weekly connection between Spain and the island of Porto Santo. The company wants to contribute to increasing the number of visitors

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There is a special attraction that most visitors to the island are not aware of. Or maybe they find it to scary to do it. For those who have transportation …. they can go to the rooftop of the island (for example Paúl da Serra) 1400m above the sea level and …. see the stars. Mind you … the view

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Popular Saints

The celebrations begin with Santo António (Saint Anthony), in the parish of the same name, where on the night of 12 June there is a traditional street parade with lots of colour, fun and excitement. Between 23 and 25 June is the time when São João (Saint John) is celebrated. In Funchal, this time sees lively, typically Madeiran folk festivities

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Murphy’s Law

Most tourists and holiday’s participants, who never worked nor were related to some kind of tourism organization, often do not realize what is going behinds the scenes of the tourism and travelling branch. Here on the island of Madeira we can notice this hidden world … where a large community is working hard and long … just to please the

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Back on the road

Back from the past … the old Dodge Brothers (see image), 20 seats old-timer, is back on the Madeiran roads. The 73 years old piece of history is making trips between Funchal and Câmara de Lobos. Source: Diário de Notícias da Madeira

Fresh Weekend

The company “Fresh Produções”, in an unusual initiative taking place between the 14th and 18th of June, is promoting the “Fresh Weekend” event, which, in addition to a musical component, also has other activities of great interest. The “Quinta da Rochinha” lodge at Ponta de Sol and the Hotel Calheta Beach will be the hosts for this event where the

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Timeshare Questions

I just received the following question about Time Share: We have the following question. 5 years ago we bought a time-share. Now have an enormous debt of about 15,000 euro and we pay each month 278 euro. Now the maintenance costs are for this year almost 500 euro. We can’t afford to pay this. What will happen if we do

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