Monthly Archives: December 2009

Madeira Waterworks

Filmed yesterday … edited in the evening and uploaded at midnight. Result …. a dramatic film (thanks to the music added by Youtube) of the fury of the waves at the marina of Lugar de Baixo. It is just as spectacular as the New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Funchal (that will take place in a few days). So here is

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Noite do Mercado – Christmas Night Market

Noite do Mercado (Night of the Market) is a traditional celebration in Funchal that will take place tonight and will last all night long. The location of this event will take place in the famous Funchal market (Mercado dos Lavradores) and the streets surrounding the market. It will be crowded with joyful people creating a real festive happening …. with

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A new world record this New Year’s Eve?

This year (and also 1st day of 2010) Madeira expects to re-break the world record for the title of hosting the biggest firework display in the world. A title that was give to Funchal in 2006 by the Guiness Book of Records. The company Macedo Pyrotechnic, who will be directing the New Year Firework theatrical performance in Funchal, is making

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Madeira a Wine and an Island

Madeira … is a Wine with the name of an Island … an Island with the name of a Wine. IVBAM (The Wine, Embroidery and Handicraft Institute of Madeira) has created a promotional and historic video about the Madeira Wine … famous fortified wine made in the Madeira Islands.

Espada … super-creepy looking fish

On the island of Madeira they have learned how to fish for this deep sea delicacy, a fish that dwells more than a mile below the sea. They are called “scabbard fish” (or Espada in Portuguese), …. These are super-creepy looking fish, with giant eyes and teeth to suit them for the perpetual twilight of their deep sea world. Read

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Christmas under the Atlantic Ocean

Strange title … but it’s true. Madeira Diving School Tubarão Madeira came with the idea to place and decorate a Christmas tree on the sea bed. They prepared the tree in a way that it was easy to place it under the water. The Christmas balls were filled with water in order not to drift off. This initiative was not

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Getting lost with Google Maps

I came across an error in the Google Maps. Searching for Mercado dos Lavradores within the Google Maps … I see that they have identified it at the wrong location on the map. Actually according to G-map it is under a highway viaduct (?). If people use G-maps to find their way in Funchal (or other locations on Madeira) then

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Life might not be the party … might as well dance!

Kaitlin Sowinski, young American amazon from Hopkinton (Rhode Island – US), lives in Madeira (3 months) and plays professional basketball with Clube Amigos do Basquet (CAB) of Funchal. In her blog she describes how she (tries to) adjust to live on a island like Madeira. The differences she encounters in the area such as culture, food, language, and daily living

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People Watching in Funchal

Instead of Bird Watching you could also do some ‘People Watching’ … and the best location to do that is the ‘wildlife reserve’ in Funchal. Patti Picasso, from Arlington – Texas – US, has written an entertaining impression of their visit to the city …. during their cruise stop with (I presume) the Holland America Oosterdam. Patti’s ‘Have some Madeira,

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Porto Santo

Porto Santo is just one long (white) sandy beach …. with a bit of an island attached to it. It is part of the Madeira archipelago and the island does not resemble to its big sister island Madeira. Travel Channel has published a amusing short video about Porto Santo (thanks to Der for the mention in his blog). A few

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Christmas on Madeira Island

Christmas on Madeira is a period of intense activity, especially the tourism. Christmas is the period with apparent prosperity … were everyone allows themselves a little extra. Following photos were taken by Virgilio Silva:

Madeira Islands on your Bucket List

In the past Madeira Island was known as a place where most of the visitors where elderly people. Nowadays Madeira has declined that label and is now a location where there there is lot to do. A place where you can fulfill part of your bucket list.