Burn

There were some serious wild fires about a month before our trip. People died. Houses were lost. These are just a fraction. The landscape bears the scar.

Levada 25 Fontes & Risco Falls

For my last day a walk – about 6 or 7 miles. It was so lovely on the day (although my legs have ached since!). As with many popular places in Madeira there were plenty of people. But there was enough space between us to enjoy the solitude too. I went on my own, not…

Madeira

Well of course we had to visit the Madeira wine lodge – in this case Blandy’s, established c. 1800. It was an ancient building, some bits literally made of knobbly stones. It was very warm, apparently the upper floors are even warmer – in the 40 degrees celsius range. Not sure I could have coped with…

Botanical

The Botanical Gardens at Monte were lovely – particularly the oriental influences and the koi. The garden follows the valley down so there was lots of walking. There were several koi ponds, although it was hard to get a decent shot. Anyway lots of inspiration… if only I could take over the rest of our…

Extreme Allotment

Every inch is terraced. Most cultivated. Don’t fancy working these plots!

Peaks

We wound our way up – in fact I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time in first & second gear in the car – the roads are so steep, and most narrow in Madeira. The locals, of course, zoom around. They must curse us tourists. These pics are form a couple of spots…

Paddling Baia d’Abra

We took to the waters through the surf – a spot of sea kayaking. I had never been before, in spite of all our other canoeing, and I can tell you I got horribly sea sick… :(. So I must start with a tip – take those sea sickness tablets! However, once I’d thrown up…

Sunseekers

A week in Madeira, last minute. Ahh what a relief to be away.