Funchal

Funchal

On Tuesday we were in Funchal, Madeira.  Funchal is named for the fennel plants that were growing all over the coastal area when the Portuguese first arrived in the 16th century.  Madeira is the largest island in this archipelago (it is small at 35 miles long and 13 miles wide) that belongs to Portugal.  We went ashore and took a cab to Old Town, where many doors were colorfully and artistically painted.  After coffee in a cafe, we walked through the market and then took the cable car up to Monte.  Funchal is a hilly city and the red-tiled roofs are striking.  There are many gardens and they are terraced because of the steepness of the hills. We had lunch at a classy restaurant--we all tried a local specialty, a soup made of tomatoes, onions and a poached egg.  It sounds strange but was very tasty.

© Jay Deitch 2015