A V on the roof of a convent (Santa Clara) in Funchal, a catholic monument in a catholic country, but democrate.
In Iran, the regime, which is far from a democracy, fears that the votes of the people to dethrone the force imposed.
This photo, with a V of victory, is my great honor to this great and fearless people who struggle with the force of reason, the strongest that can be used as followed Gandhi.
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This picture of the ribeira (name in portuguese, thar means like a small river) of Santa Luzia, one of three that cross the city of Funchal has been covered by bougainvilleas, a plant that exists in many colors. Originally from Brazil is very common throughout the island.
However, one day, your weight has caused fall. Had to start all over again and had to fix everything again and so can re-grow and cover the ribeira, which is already happening.
This plant belongs to the family Nyctaginaceae and its flowers in summer attract the attention. The most common is the color purple as these.
This photo shows two great works in Funchal maid for two big names of arts and architecture in the world.
The statue, designed by the Lagoa Henriques, is the Empress Elizabeth, better known as Sissi, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which came to Madeira twice. Although there are other interpretations, came for the first time in November 1860 for health reasons. The island was known as therapy office, with a favorable climate for the treatment of tuberculosis.
The life of Sissi finally became a myth.
This statue in bronze and naturtal in size, is a tribute the city of Funchal.
As for the building, besides being a flagship hotel of the city, the Pestana Casino Park, built in the gardens where Sissi was there, is a result of the pencil of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeier.
The Pacif Dream cruise ship came to Madeira all friday with tourists, much of them are from Portugal. A few are from my island, named Madeira, and the others are from continental territory. But, in this Pullmantur's ship, there are passengers from others countries.
In this photo I show a different perspective to see the ship and Funchal bay.
Confeitaria Felisberta or Patisserie Felisberta, in english. This is the name of one of the most famous cake shops of the city of Funchal, situated in Rua das Pretas. However, what we see in the photo shows that, unfortunately, is closed. Closed to the public, who never had access to wonderful recipes of cakes and sweets where each customer could serve up, and closed his knowledge.
The patisserie was closed for many years, and shows the deterioration with the name about to disappear. Unfortunately nobody is interested to recover it. I have the perception that this type of offer differentiates a destination such as Madeira.
In Funchal there are three ways to send the mail. Besides the green mail, which is inside the station and is for those who purchase the packages in pre-payment, there are these two landmarks. The red is for normal mail, the traditional. And the blue, where we pay for mail to goo faster. Is called the blue post or Correio Azul, in portuguese.
However, this offer is not very well perceived by thousands of tourists who visit us. So often are in doubt which should put the postcards with images of the island of Madeira.
Madeira ice is a different way to drink this world famous wine produced in Madeira island many centuries ago. This particular car is one of five Smart with this design to promote the Madeira wine, sweet, with ice a limon. Tastefully. During the summer months, this cars and others marketing action will sensibilze the residents and foreigners to taste it.
- By Paulo Camacho
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The Festival of the Atlantic is an important event in Madeira island, where Funchal is the capital.
Is an relevant event that combines entertainment and culture. It has three components: the Madeira Music Festival, the International Fireworks Competition and performances by philharmonic bands in the city centre.
These photo is from last saturday when the fireworks competition started with Italy and it's company Parente Fireworks.
Next saturday will be Russia, with it's company Pyrotechnic Yards of Peterholf, and, in next, on 20th will be Germany, with it'sm company IP Innovate Pyrotechnick.
Finnaly, on 27th Portugal, with it's company Macedos Pirotecnia, close the festival.
However, Portugal, as an organizer, not to enter the competition.
The Pullmantur cruise ship "Pacific Dream" began yesterday to make weekly cruises in the Atlantic, with passages in Funchal on Friday. Replaces the "Atlantic Star" that has been positioned to make travel in Brazil. Was planned to make more connections to Madeira, but the H1N1 virus that emerged in Mexico unfortunately, at this stage, chase tourism away and the company decided to withdraw the ship from Acapulco and put it on this side of the Atlantic, with stops in Gibraltar, Morocco, Lanzarote, in Canary islands and Madeira. I was on board the ship and left me very good impression with crew friendly, starting with the capitan Antonio Alonso, a native of Bilbao, the Basque Country, in Spain.
Home, a film to reflect that the world is our home.
Nicholas of the residents here and Tuelière Conde de Lambert, Queen Adelaide of England, Empress Elizabeth of Austria, Archduke Maximilian, the Prince of Oldenburg, the Duke of Leuchtenberg, D. Amélia, Empress of Brazil and his daughter Maria Amelia.
Today is the official residence of the Regional Government of Madeira that acquired it in 1979. His name was then the Quinta das Angústias (anguish). Today is Quinta Vigia.
Since that time it began a series of works, both in gardens and in buildings, before the official residence was a school of music until 1984.
Can be and is visited daily by tourists.