Back in Funchal, Madeira

One of the Canary Islands, Madeira, Portugal is the last bit of land before sailing off across the Atlantic to America.  Funchal, the largest city on the island, is a popular cruise port.  We’ve been here a couple times, but there is always something new for us to see.  Click 2013 and 2016 to see pictures from prior visits.

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This visit, we took a bus up the hill above Funchal to the village of Monte, which is 1800 feet above sea level.  This is the old train station where the bus dropped us off.

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A popular touristy thing to do up here is ride a toboggan, on the road, down part of the hill back toward Funchal – controlled by two guys with a rope.  We did not do this.  But I took pictures of the crazy people who did….

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This looks like an accident waiting to happen to me!  This is the first turn, then they wind back and forth down the hill – on the street – with cars around.  Will remembers doing this when he was a kid on a visit with his parents.  (They were returning to the states after his father’s army posting in Italy in the 50s.)

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Our Lady of Monte is a church on the hilltop with great views.

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You can see our ship, the Prinsendam, in the harbor.

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A chapel from 1489 stood on this hill.  It was rebuilt in 1741 and again in 1818 after an earthquake.  Charles I of Hapsburg, the last emperor of Austria, died here in 1922 and is buried at this church.

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We wandered through this pretty little park.

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We took a cable car from Monte down to the waterfront. 

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Looking back up the hill.

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Time for a snack!

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As a result of a flood in 2010, some engineering work uncovered remains of old stone-built structures, along with the stone pavement of the original Customs Square.  It was also known to be the location of the Pillory from 1486. 

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Ribeira de Santa Luzia

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Funchal Cathedral

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And back to the port.

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Sailing away from Funchal, on our way across the Atlantic and home.

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This was a great trip!

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Lisbon and Cascais, Portugal

Lisbon is one of our favorite cities.  You can see photos from our previous visits here.

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Praca do Comercio is a huge public square along the River Targus.

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This is King Jose I on his horse.

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This visit, we took a train out to Cascais (pronounced kesh-kesh), about a half hour from Lisbon.

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Cascais was a fishing village that became a resort for Portugal’s royal family in the late 19th and early 20th century.  Now it’s a popular vacation spot for Portuguese and foreign tourists. 

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Cascais has tiled plazas and streets, like Lisbon.

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Saint Martha’s Lighthouse was built in 1867 on the grounds of the Santa Marta Fort (built in the 1640s).

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We had a starter plate and pizza lunch at a small restaurant in the marina.

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The Casa de Santa Maria was built in 1902 by Jorge O’Neil, a Portuguese-Irish aristocrat in the tobacco industry, as a wedding present for his daughter, using only materials found in Portugal.  Around 1914, the second owner expanded the house by adding on to each end. 

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Before that, Jorge O’Neil built his own summer residence, the Torre de St Sebastiao, in 1897, across the street. 

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In 1910 it was sold to the 1st Count of Castro Guimarães.

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The Count died in 1927 and the home and its garden were willed to the state with the request that the house be used as a museum and art gallery.

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The gardens of the Palace of the Condes Castro Guimaraes are now part of the Parque Marechal Carmona. 

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On our way back to the train, we had time to wander through one of the residential areas.

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Igreja Matriz, the Main Church

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For you cat fanciers, this man was napping with his kittens on the train back to Lisbon!

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The sun was setting when we returned to Lisbon but the ship wasn’t leaving port until 11pm.  We had time for one more walk around the down-town area.  The streets were busy with people out and about!

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and farewell to Lisbon.

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