Memories of Madeira

In 1952 I emigrated to South Africa and on the way the Union Castle boat docked at Madeira. The volcanic island did not have a deep water port at the time and because I was expecting I felt that descending the steep ladder down to the boats, which came out to pick up visitors, was too dangerous so I stayed on board. I always wanted to return and I did 55 years later in 2007. It was well worth the wait and was one of our best holidays.
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Levada Walking. More information about Madeira go to http://www.portobay.com/DestinationNode.aspx?areaId=492

Hike the aqueducts (mini-canals) of the mountains on a "levada walk", a must-do activity on this warm, subtropical island.

Tunnel of trees, Levada walk to 25 Fontes in Madeira Island, Portugal

Tunnel of trees, Levada walk to 25 Fontes in Madeira Island, Portugal Madeira!

madeira, Santana

Typical house of Santana, northern Madeira Island, Portugal portugal travel tips

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Waterfall Highway Madeira Portugal no road sign for the waterfall falling on the road up ahead. And frankly not sure how actually prepare for this cascading natural car wash other than to simply close your eyes grip the wheel and hope for the best.

Monte, Madeira, Portugal

The two men push you down the hill while sitting in a wicker sled on cobblestone streets moving fast.

Levadas, Madeira

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Mercado dos Lavadores, Funchal, Madeira,

and vegetable stall, Mercado dos Lavadores, Funchal, Madeira, Autumn 2011

Madeira island - city of Funchal

Madeira island - city of Funchal, the capital

Funchal, Madeira

Funchal, Madeira I rode on one of these it was amazing

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