I'm the only one on this tour going from Stansted so given the others in the party had landed early and the coach had already taken them to the hotel, I was met at the airport and enjoyed the company of Roberto who is to be our local guide for the week. I was the only one travelling.
I found a cafe, had some lunch, then went for a wander. The flowers, trees, shrubs etc. are really amazing.
I walked down into the harbour area - which was easy, climbing back up to the hotel at top of the hill, was another matter.
It was mostly cloudy today, with a bit of glare, so bit challenging photographically.
Bird of Paradise flowers, which grow everywhere it seems
On the side of the building
The hotel, the largest in Funchal, is built on stilts.. this so the view could be enjoyed underneath the building..
This is the adjacent casino - which was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and opened in 1976.
I walked through the local park
Then started down a flight of steps to the harbour at the bottom
I need to find out what type of lizard this is.. there were dozens of them all in and out of the gaps in the stone wall
and finally down at the bottom of the steps
A statue of footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo who was born in Madeira he had donand I was told, donated a considerable amount of money to Funchal town.
spent a bit more time in the Park
I met a German lady and while we were speculating about this beautiful dog, we noticed there was a policeman on duty at the entrance to this house and gardens. We asked what it was to be advised that it was the Presidents palace but, for the very cheap price of 1 euro, we could visit the gardens, which we did
Amazing views from the President's garden
and a very obliging Grey Wagtail having a bath..
I think I'm going to enjoy Madeira..
Back to the hotel to get ready and to meet my fellow travellers before an excellent dinner.
And today, Saturday we're off on a tour of the local areas with our guide.