Casino da Madeira "neon" with flowers

Casino da Madeira symbol. This is the only existing in Madeira island.
In this photograph I tried to frame it with flowers.


Símbolo do Casino da Madeira, o único existente na ilha da Madeira.
Nesta fotografia procurei enquadrá-lo com flores.

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a beautiful fountain in Quinta Vigia garden

The gardens of Quinta Vigia addition to having a wide variety of flowers, plants and árvorves, have various ornaments like this beautiful fountain.


Os jardins da Quinta Vigia além de apresentarem uma grande diversidade de flores, plantas e árvorves, dispõem de vários ornamentos como este chafariz.

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"espada preta" is the more traditional fish in Madeiran cuisine

The "peixe espada" black scabbard fish is the more traditional fish in Madeiran cuisine, whose island was caught the first time and are commercially exploited this kind of depth, who lives on average depths between 800 meters and 1200 meters.
The fish lives in the Atlantic ocean, between latitudes 69 ° N and 27 ° N , and longitudes 79 ° W and 3 W. Thus, it can be found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, from the Strait of Denmark, Iceland and Norway to Madeira and the west coast of northern Africa.
There are no data that demonstrate when the black scabbard fish started to be caught in the waters of the archipelago, but Manoel Thomás, in his poem "The Insulana", in 1635, makes a reference to the sword, among other coastal fish and top.
What is known with some tightening is that, in 1839, this species was described to science, the English naturalist Rev. Richard Thomas Lowe, who gave him the name deAphanopus carbo, alluding to the fact that a species without fins pelvic visible (Aphanopus, Greek, without feet) and black color (carbo, Latin, black).
But surely what is known is that the fishermen were Madeira, Câmara de Lobos, which for decades were fishing deep sea sharks to extract oil for lighting and skins for sanding, who happened to have found the black scabbard fish . With it , began an artisanal fishery that continues today, making Madeira the first place in the world to develop a technique of directed fishing for a kind of depth.


O peixe espada preto é o mais tradicional da cozinha madeirense, em cuja ilha se pescou pela primeira vez e se explorou comercialmente esta espécie de profundidade, que vive em média profundidades entre os 800 metros e os 1200 metros.
Vive no oceano Atlântico, entre as latitudes 69ºN e 27ºN e as longitudes 79ºW e 3ºW. Assim, pode ser encontrado no oceano Atlântico oriental, desde o estreito da Dinamarca, a Islândia e a Noruega, até à Madeira e à costa oeste do norte de África.
 Não existem dados que evidenciem quando o peixe espada preto começou a ser pescado nas águas do arquipélago, mas Manoel Thomás, no seu poema “A Insulana”, de 1635, já faz uma referência à espada, entre outros peixes costeiros e do alto.
O que se sabe com algum maior rigor é que, em 1839, esta espécie foi descrita para a ciência, pelo naturalista Inglês Rev. Richard Thomas Lowe, que lhe deu o nome deAphanopus carbo, numa clara alusão ao facto de ser uma espécie sem barbatanas pélvicas visíveis (Aphanopus, do grego, sem pés) e de cor negra (carbo, do latim, negro).
Mas com toda a certeza, o que se sabe é que foram os pescadores da Madeira, de Câmara de Lobos, que há muitas décadas pescavam os tubarões de profundidade para extraírem óleo para iluminação e peles para lixas, que por acaso descobriram o peixe espada preto. Com isso, deram início a uma pescaria artesanal que perdura até hoje, fazendo da Madeira o primeiro local no mundo a desenvolver uma técnica de pesca dirigida a uma espécie de profundidade.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Golden Football 2008

Golden Football of Cristiano Ronaldo when he was a player in Manchester United.
This trophy is from 2008 and could bee seen in CR7 Museum in Funchal where exists all the others things that CR7 won.

painting in Funchal port out of context

I find the left painting in Funchal port one of this days.
I do not like the painting, that reminds graffiti. But this could be subjective. However, the truth is that is not covered in paintings that are usually made by the crew and passengers of ships and yachts to remenber their voyages.
 And there's an aggravating that is not respecting that was already there at Thomson Majesty, taken in 2012, painting over a part.

where is the Savoy classic?

The Savoy Hotel was built in 1912.
Over time the unit has been growing and increasing the number of rooms.
In the 20s boasted 4 stars and at the end of the 60 would change to 5 stars with the arrival of charter flights from Europe.
In the 70 undergoes a major transformation and has nothing to do with the original, whose architecture was-overlapping. Now has 13 floors and 337 rooms. It's a classic hotel.
In 2009 began to be demolished to make way for a new hotel would be built from scratch with 16 floors and 500 rooms.
The death of one of two partners, coupled with the adverse economic climate has made the work already undertaken stay as seen on the picture for some years now.

friday in Mercado dos Lavradores

The Mercado dos Lavradores (farmers market, with a project by Edmundo Tavares (1892-1983, was inaugurated on November 24 194.
Testimony of the "Estado Novo" architecture, reflects the grandeur of its conception, the intention of making it big in the city center provider.
 In its space organized into small "squares", "Wide", "Streets" and "Stairway" sell themselves products of all kinds, blend colors, sounds, smells and different people.

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Santa Clara Convent tower

This is a different view from the tower of the Convent of Santa Clara.

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a great view of Funchal port and the city

This a great view of Funchal port and the city from a balcony in Quinta Vigia, the Madeira presidente offical residence that can be visited during the day. It have a fantastic garden, a house with charm and a big balcony with a view.

the way to Cristiano Ronaldo space: the CR7 museum

There are many ways to go to the CR7 Museum, in Funchal city, if you go on foot. But, if you want to do there in a car you need to follow the indication and go to Rua da Penha de França until stop in Rua Princesa D. Amélia and go to the number 10. This is the Cristiano Ronaldo museum where he have their trophies since the beginning in Madeira island, where was born.

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the Madeira English church

The English church in Funchal, in Rua do Quebra Costas, has stood for almost 190 years and is a vibrant part of life for dozens of British residents on Madeira island and for many thousands of people from all countries of the world.

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a tree with a day moon

The moon on the tip of a tree branch

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Madeira flag in Quinta Vigia

Madeira island is a portuguese autonomous region. Because that, have a flag that you can see in Quinta Vigia, the official residence of the Madeira island gorvernment president.

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old building with a different top floor

I knew this building in Rua Ivens, north of the Jardim Municipal (municipal garden), for many years.
But had never aroused my attention to the top floor which has a different architecture in Funchal.

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passengers from AIDAstella cyling around the city

Every mondays, like today, the cruise ship AIDAstella returns to Funchal port i winter season. And, every week, some passangers cyling around the city in organized tours. I find some of them one of this days in Santa Catarina Park where there are a chapel with the same name.

lines, shapes and colors

Lines, shapes and colors in the building of the Jesuit College

nature in the city

Natue to emerge from the rocks in a central city street

a traditional distribuition of water in "levadas"

In the city of Funchal and in all Madeira the water to irrigate lands is transported in channels, that we call "levadas", through the mountains and then distributed to the force of gravity by different houses. To divert water from its normal downward course, there are those covers that are placed in the "levada". There is a time for each person, according to the contract. Then the cover is removed and follows its route.

Art Gallery in the street of the painted doors

In the Rua de Santa Maria, the street of the painted doors in old town of Funchal we can find many things like this Art Gallery in an on old building.

flowers in the city

Flowers in Funchal city, near Santa Catarina Park and Funchal port

sculptural core of the Rotunda do Infante temporarely removed

This photo shows the results of some works in the "ribeiras" (streams). Because that, the sculptural core left the centre of Rotunda do Infante was temporarely removed like you can see.

flowers to Funchal cruise ship

Flowers to a cruise ship with much charm like "Funchal"

Casa Museu Frederico de Freitas at night

Casa Museu Frederico de Freitas with a night view

Flowers in Funchal cathedral

Flowers in Funchal cathedral with the door locked when I take this photo

the works in Funchal bay

A few days ago I showed the other side of the works on the coast of the Bay of Funchal. This photoh is more comprehensive and gives a bit the size of the work being done

the green old car

An old car with style in Forte de Santiago

bridge detail

Detail of the highway bridge over the Rua do Comboio. The creator of this bridge won an award for his work a few years ago.

a "quinta" burned in Monte

A "quinta" (like a farm) in Monte that burned in a large fire. The Monte sits high atop the city of Funchal and there are many important quintas in the capital of Madeira. Formerly, who had more money and resided in the city center, they was vacationing in this location with a magnificent view of the city.

Christopher Columbus in Santa Catarina Park

Statue erected in Santa Catarina Park in honor of Christopher Columbus who "discovered" America where the Indians were already living. The navigator will have had some familiar links with the city of Funchal.

works in the sea

With the works in "ribeiras" (streams) and protection of the central coast of the Funchal bay, the city lost some of its charm near the sea. What you see here in the sea did not exist before these works.

a cover in tre ground

The most often do not look at the ground beneath our feet when we walk like this cover concerning the distribution of water through the Funchal city.