Monthly Archives: January 2011

Madeira … The Green Pearl of the Atlantic

Madeira, “The Green Pearl of the Atlantic”, with its spectacular variety of landscapes, the island that they say it sometimes is 6 different continents in one mini-continent. The friendly locals and the picturesque villages make Madeira a perfect island for those seeking a combination of adventure, sports, nature, sun and rest. An island with many faces, that is Madeira. Still

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Funchal was visited by aliens …

Urban, originally uploaded by bartb_pt. Did the city of Madeira, Funchal had a visit of aliens from outer space? Was it a close encounter of the third kind? No … what you see on the photo is the Saipem 7000 … the world’s second largest crane vessel that just made a quick pit-stop in front of the harbor of Funchal.

What is Carnival / Carnaval?

Soon the Carnival fever will start here on Madeira Island … see previous post Carnival – Mardi Gras – Carnaval But have you asked yourself … what does the word “Carnival” stand for? Wikipedia offers some answers: The Carnival Season is a holiday period during the two weeks before the traditional Christian fasting of Lent. The origin of the name

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Happy New Year … Happy 2011

See how Madeira celebrates the birth of a New Year …. the birth of 2011! Click here for more videos of the Madeira New Year Eve Fireworks