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Most delightful....Geoff..../...It may be something in the atmosphere of these islands...but all sunrises seem to have that amber/brownish tint....regardless of the time.....which of course adds to the ambience.....Dj.

Yeah, Dave, the excellent guide on our "Eastern Delights" trip pointed that out on our way back from our last stop in Machico. Great use of space. Cheers GL.

'Twas very smart but the only problem was that Funchal not in walking distance and it would have been nice to have a spin around the place after the evening nosh. You can't see from Google Earth but to get up to Canico you would need full climbing gear and oxygen, it was that steep a climb!!! GL.

Gotcha' on all the pics....Geoff...most scrumptious....all looks good...Cheers from Dj.

Machico is one mile from the airport and has a quaint harbour and a man-made sandy beach.

Santana is home of the Palheiros, the unique, traditional house built around an A-frame in a triangular design with a thatched roof. And very pretty they are, too!

Situated between Porto da Cruz and the village of Faial this rock formation rises to an altitude of 580 metres. Apparently it is so-named because "only eagles could get to the top"! Not any more!!!

Taken from the road to Santana this is a picturesque village located on the northeastern coast named after a local tree known as faia 'myrica faya'. Settlers colonised Faial around 1519 and they were Moorish and Gallician. During the first settlement when the sugar plantation was at its peak water mills were built on the rivers of Ribiera do Faial and Ribeira Sava to crush the sugar cane and today ruins can be seen under the bridge.

A quaint little chapel in Ribeiro Frio near the trout farm. If the chapel has a name I've not been able to find it so over to you.......!

This is Madeira's third highest peak at 1818 metres (5965 feet) high. There is an easy access road to the summit with a large car park and souvenir shop.

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