Madeira, in January

I have escaped the relative cold in January in Keynsham to the beautiful Atlantic Island of Madeira approximately 300miles west of Casablanca in Morocco.

We are staying in the Pestana Palms, Lido, Funchal it’s about a 40 minute walk from the centre of the city. When we arrived on Monday lunchtime it was pleasantly warm and we sat by the pool and relaxed as we had all had a very early start to get to the airport for our 07.10 flight..

On Tuesday we walked to Camera de Lobos, the fishing village where Winston Churchill came to paint.

Storm damage

The Pride of Madeira https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echium_candicans
Swan’s Neck Plant https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agave_attenuata
Vasco da Gama
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasco_da_Gama
First view of Camera de Lobos
Inside the church of St Sebastian by the harbour.

Poncha is a traditional alcoholic drink from the island of Madeira, made with aguardente de cana, honey, sugar, orange/lemon juice and with different fruit juices according to the version of poncha, but traditionally lemon juice is used. 

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