Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Camara de Lobos, Madeira, Portugal. April 28, 2019

Click on a photo to enlarge it.
Bus Tour.
 First Stop:
Camara de Lobos

Camara de Lobos is a municipality, parish and town in the south-central coast of the island of Madeira.  Technically a suberb of the much larger capital city of Funchal, it is one of the larger population centres and an extension of the Funchal economy.
We travelled by bus to Camara de Lobos.
One of the stops along the way.

Above & Below:
Looking down to Ribeira Brava.
This is believed to be the original landing point for the Portuguese discoverer Joao Goncalves Zarco, who is credited with the discovery of the Madeira Islands.

Zarco and his men also found a large colony of marine animals, Sealions, that give the name to Camara de Lobos.  Sealion Chamber.
 Ha! I thought it referred to wolves.

More about Camara de Lobos.

There is an observation platform here, it's a bit high.

miradouro = Viewpoint
 Cabo Girão is a lofty sea cliff located along the southern coast of the island of Madeira, in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira.Cabo Girão is a popular lookout point, with up to 1800 visitors a day. The location is also a popular starting point for hikers.
 Complete with glass deck.



 Cabo Girão. Cabo Girão famous for its sea cliff; the second highest in the world at 580 metres. It's a popular lookout point with spectacular panoramic views. Here you can find the Chapel of Our Lady of Fátima, built in 1931 it's one of the most important pilgrim places on the island.

Câmara de Lobos and its five villages...

Jardim da Serra, a sweet little village known as the “Land of Cherries”.
The most beautiful season to visit is in late March, when all the cherry trees blossom. The popular cherry festival takes place every year in either June or July.
It is known as "Land of Cherries." The most beautiful season to visit this place is in late March, when the cherry blossoms. The great feast of the cherry happens in June or July. Higher up is an amazing viewpoint (Boca da Corrida), which is an excellent place to start a hiking  tour.

If you want bird of paradise flowers, continue reading for tips on growing these unique beauties. Growing Conditions for Bird of Paradise. Strelitzia reginae, also known as crane flower, is native to South Africa and derives its name from the unusual flowers, which resemble brightly colored birds in flight. 




Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira, GCC, GCSE, GCIH was a Portuguese cardinal who served as Patriarch of Lisbon from 1929 to 1971. He was the last surviving cardinal elevated by Pope Pius XI, and his cardinalate of forty-eight years was the longest since the fifty-eight-year cardinalate of Henry Benedict Mary Clement Stuart of York which lasted from 1747 to 1805.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Lisbon, Portugal. April 26, 2019. Part I

To enlarge a photograph - click on it.

Because we arrived a day early in Lisbon we were able to spend more time the next day seeing the sights.

Below:  Louise & I went off in different directions to explore.  Someone was kind enough to take a photo of her with part of the city and harbour in the background.  Nice, yes?
Below:  Reflection of we two.
First for me, of course, were ships.  'Cause that's what I do.
Not too far down the page you will find lots of photos from around Lisbon.
Above:  Crown Princess.
 That fuelling ship again - Guanarteme.

 Below:  Approaching the cruise ship Zenith.
End of ships for today.  Mostly.
Across the road from where the ship tied up was the train station.
 I wandered in; no ticket and no security.
Also not far away is the Church of Santa Engracia.
A prominent landmark near the waterfront.
Above:  Photo by VanGore and stolen from the internet!
The church of Santa Engracia was built in 1681 but it only opened for use in 1966.
(Pre-European Union, so that institution cannot be blamed for bureaucratic delays.)
The endless process of construction spawned a popular expression referring to anything that took a long time:  "The works of Saint Engracia"
Above:  The front door.
The church has been designated as Portugal's national Pantheon.
The church is home to the tombs of many notables such as Manuel de Arriaga, Portugal's first elected president; Amalia Rodrigues, world-famous Fado singer.
What's a Fado singer?
A type of Portuguese singing that is renowned for its expressive and profoundly melancholic character.  It speaks to the often harsh realities of everyday life, sometimes with a sense of resignation, sometimes with hope of resolution.
Click here for an example of Fado.

Anyway, back to the church.

 A bit more about the church of Santa Engracia  click here.

 Santa Engracia died in the year 304.
She was a Spanish virgin martyr, native of Saragossa, Spain.
She was tortured but survived her ordeal.
More here.
Why is it that male martyrs are never described as 'virgin'?
Lots more about this church, including some lovely black and white photos, here
Below:  The church is built of stone.  Just sayin'.
Below:  Views of Lisbon & the Tagus River from the top of the church.

Above:  Moss growing on the wall.
Above:  Tagus River.  The longest waterway of the Iberian Peninsula, about 1,000 km from source to the Atlantic ocean near Lisbon.  In Portuguese it called the Rio Tajo.
More about the Tagus River here.

 Above:  Our ride, Star Breeze.
Below:  Zenith.
 Below:  Crown Princess.

Below:  The sound of children at play and
a parade of TukTuks.  More here.
The end.
The next installment will be photos from a walking tour of Lisbon, in which your author was hopelessly lost yet thrilled with the things he discovered.  And, we share Louise's photos of places I did not go.