Mon 11 Aug 2008 10:03
9th August 2008
Madeira - Marina Quinta do Lorde, modern, very helpful staff and despite being a building site is no dustier than other places we have been to.  A day in Funchal visiting fruit, fish and flower markets, gardens and taking the gondola to the top of Monte and walking back down, convinced us all that we are not townies and definately prefer the less touristy, quieter end of the island.  The local bus is a good, very cheap way to see a large part of the island and we used it again to visit a local festival of food in Machico - good fun.
After yet another stock up at the local supermarket (free courtesy bus in marina) our teenagers having grazed their way through most of our supplies, we are heading for the uninhabited islands just off Madeira Ilhas Desertas.