Madeira - a great stop on route
Talulah's Web Diary
Paul & Anette Morris
Wed 12 Jul 2006 21:43
Well, we've had a great time in Madeira! The weather was interesting to say the least. It was often cloudy on the north of the island, and then sunny in the centre and the south. We decided that we would take some time in a hire car and explore the island. First up to the north and then to the centre and the south. First we had a day in Funchal - searching for bottled gas believe it or not! so that Anette could bake her bread. Then we were off to sample the delights of the island.
We managed to find a restaurant that only cooked local fare - and it was fantastic - tomato and onion soup with an egg in it, and then rabbit and deer sausage and something called Espetada - a local meat brioche which has left a memory that will endure to the next time we are back in Madeira.
Next was a walk (?) in the mountains, which are steep, forested and beautiful, and Anette and I could have walked and climbed all day in the sun, the clear air and the complete solitude. On the walk we noticed now and then small terraces on which grew things like corn, grapes, potatoes, apples and many other vegetables and fruit. It seemed that the Madeirans make use of every scrap of level (?) land they can for agriculture. It doesn't seem to matter how remote it is.
We're leaving this marina at Quinta do Lourde tomorrow. Not sure where we're going yet until I take a look at the Atlantic weather pattern for the next 5 days. It could be further along the coast on Madeira, or it could be the Selvagem Islands; a group of small deserted island in the Atlantic that you need a permit to land on. We've managed to get a permit from the Authorities in Funchal, so we hope that the winds will be kind to us to let sail there.
Meanwhile, there are some photos of Madeira attached so that you can see what we've been up to.............more in a day or so.....