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I am ready for the sun

I am ready for the sun



My latest adventure is about to Start. I am off to the beautiful Island of Madeira a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean.Portuguese Flag





My transport to check

My transport to check in



The bags needed checking in before a wonderful breakfast

A Good Hearty Breakfast

A Good Hearty Breakfast









Captain Sit in the left hand seat

Captain Smith in the left hand seat



Then we boarded our Monarch Airlines Airbus 321 with Captain Smith as our pilot. Departure procedures completed and we were off on a 1,350 trip to Funchal .  It is an incredible view from the cockpit.  Strong Headwinds lengthen the journey, but we touchdown at 12.55 after a very smooth flight. Thank you to all of Monarch Airlines staff.


Alto Lido Hotel is onthe street above the Rua St Helier

Alto Lido Hotel is on the street above the Rua St Helier


We were then transported to our hotel in Funchal – Hotel Alto Lido – and discovered we had a great view from the balcony.

Hotel View 1

Hotel View 2








The flowers and trees are so colourful in Madeira and the National flower isHotel Flowers The Bird of Paradise in the flowers on the right.




Jardin B Yellow

Jardin B Purple






Now for some proper sightseeing in a cable car. 

Cable Car 2 Cable Car 1



What a view of Funchal as we came down from Monte



CC View 1 CC View 2

At the bottom it was time to find some more interesting information about this lovely country. They speak Portuguese and the word for Thank You is Obrigada if you are a female or Obrigado if you are a man.

The National Dress is very colourful as you can see in the traditional dancing display.Dance 2 Dance 1






When they had finished dancing, three ladies kindly posed with me for this photo and explained that their dresses are all different. The design depends on the village they come from and the person who had embroidered the patterns.

Dancing ladies


Lots of history and facts can be found in the The Story Centre 

Colour plays a big part in Funchal and here are a few examples of the way they paint their doorsFunchal Door 4 Funchal Door 5 Funchal Door 6 Funchal Door 1 Funchal Door 2



A famous native Madeiran is the footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

Map Reading

Map Reading




My next form of transport was on an open topped sightseeing bus to the west of the Island . Now I know why map reading is so important to Cubs. I could follow the route and see where we had got to. The  bus  was very smooth, but some of the hairpin bends the driver had to use were very tight.



We booked a coach trip to Porto Moniz in the North of the island which has some beautiful Lava pools. The day was quite bright and sunny, but there was a strong gusty wind coming off the Atlantic Ocean so we needed  coats.

Lava Pools Lava Rock

Lava is the out pouring from Volcanic eruptions many thousand of years ago which has hardened and produced wonderful rocks and pools. As you can see the rock is very different to what we see in England

Lava Rock 3


Lava Rock 4

Lava Rock 6 Lava Rock 5








Madeiran toboggan

Now for a more traditional type of Madeiran transport a toboggan, so it was a normal bus up to the village of Monte which has a beautiful Church

Monte Church





Here was the start of the famous Toboggan run of Monte

This is over 100 years old so it is older than Cub Scouting

Here we Go!!!!

Here we Go!!!!



Two kms in a wicker basket guided by two men with a piece of rope each and some shoes with rubber on the soles to act as brakes. Were we mad? NO IT WAS Brilliant.

I am just glad I did not have to take the sled back to the top ready for the next riders.

Do not miss an opportunity to have a go if you ever visit Madeira

Elizabeth Empress of Austria

Elizabeth Empress of Austria



On our journey around the island we saw many Statues including the famous Sissi at The Casino. She was Elizabeth the Empress of Austria. I think she was the prettiest one in her lovely dress.




I was on my holidays so I was really surprised when I walked up a side street in Funchal looking for a nice place for my lunch and found another Statue. It had a plaque on the stand in Portuguese which I could not read, but I do not think any Scout could fail to recognise this man.

The translation of the plaque is:-

Lord Baden Powell

Lord Baden Powell


1857 – 1941

World Citizen

World Chief Scout

Homage of the Associations
of the Ideal of the Scouting
Autonomous Region of Madeira.

Promoted by the National Body of Scouts
at the 70th Anniversary of its Foundation.
22 February 1998


Finally There Nearly There


These beautiful Orchids were very high up and so I climbed up some flower pots to have  a better look and then I could see all the wonderful different varieties being grown in Madeira.

orchid farm

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All to soon it was time to finish this holiday and prepare to depart to Malaysia to see Marcus and Kamui in their Caterham F1 Team cars.



2 Responses to MADEIRA

  1. Carla Aveiro says:

    Nice job. You talked about the most important things about Madeira. It was nice to meet you, you were very kind and sweet. All the best for all of you. From Folclore S. Martinho (dancers, singers and players)

  2. Madeira is a wonderful island. You showcased it well and brought back memories of my past holidays there.

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