Monthly Archives: July 2006

Modernization brings Madeira to a crossroads

  For Centuries, this Portuguese haven in the mid-Atlantic has captivated visitors with its stunning beauty, semitropical climate and open-armed hospitality. The bustling capital, Funchal, is literally a work of art, with miles of hand-laid mosaic-tile walkways leading to exotic gardens, colorful boutiques and refreshing pools amid five-star resort hotels. And the mountainous interior, with peaks thrusting beyond 6,000 feet,

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Festival Food Week Machico

Machico Gastronomy Week’s objective is to make Madeira’s cuisine more widely known. The Gastronomic Week will be held in the town of Machico from 29th of July to 6th of August. Besides the gastronomy itself, there is the cocktail festival, football for veterans, beach volleyball, basketball and other activities with much music played by artists from Madeira and other national

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Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta 2008

Host ports for the Funchal 500 – Tall Ships Regatta 2008 were announced in Lisbon this week. The Regatta will take place in September 2008 and is being organised by Sail Training International. The port Falmouth, in the south west of England, has been selected as the start port. The fleet will race from there at the beginning of September

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Marriage in Madeira

Is it possible, as citizens from another country, to have a marriage on the island of Madeira? In this case the question came from the Netherlands. I inquired the Dutch consul here in Funchal and also a few hotels. They informed me that for Dutch citizens to be able to marry (civil marriage) in Madeira – Portugal, is only possible

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Into the Big Blue

Think of Madeira and what image comes to mind? Lush gardens of palm trees and flowers? Towering mountaintops reaching above the clouds? Balmy afternoons taking tea on the terrace and looking out over the sea? Or even a bottle of Madeira wine? Madeira is all of these things of course, but can also be much more. Off the island’s rocky

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Wheelchair friendly?

Is Madeira wheelchair friendly (or not)? How are the access to hotels, restaurants and attractions? The answer to this is unfortunately …. not friendly at all! Even with the EU law (October 2004 ) saying that all EU countries must have disable access in all public places ….. Madeira is not giving this much attention. With all the steep hills,

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Another BASE Jump from Cabo Girão

On 23rd of May in posted about a BASE Jump of Mário Pardo with a motorbike from Cabo Girão. It seems that has got the taste of it and went again … this time from the cablecar (teleferico). Warning: Tourists … don’t do this on your holidays!

Piano lessons

Sometimes I will be posting non-Madeira things … although I think the picture was taken from a hotel here on the island Anyway … for those who would like to learn to play piano on a ‘fun’ way …. click on the image. And for the piano virtuosos among you can also have a go … and even make your

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Levada video

The Running Ham productions has published another Madeira video. This time it is the levada walk Ribeiro Frio – Portella.

Lost Jewel of the Atlantic

On the small Atlantic Isle of Madeira was a wave of legend. Kept secret by a cadre of big wave surfers, one of the world’s greatest surf spots lay hidden on an island lost in time. This is the story of paradise lost …. This is the story of Jardim do Mar …. Weaving thrilling big-wave surfing footage with testimony

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Madeira, M’Dear

She was young, she was pure, she was new, she was nice She was fair, she was sweet seventeen He was old, he was vile, and no stranger to vice He was base, he was bad, he was mean He had slyly inveigled her up to his flat To view his collection of stamps And he said as he hastened

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