Church of Nossa Senhora, Monte, Madeira, Portugal

What is an Arraial?

Madeira has various ‘Arraiais‘ all year round. Arraiais are traditional regional festivities that is celebrated with street processions, flower carpets, churches and street decorations with lights, colorful flags, music, traditional folklore, food and drink. Each town/parish has its own Arraial and they can differ one from another. To give you Read more…

The Cherry Picker from Jardim da Serra

A beautiful video created by Heitor Rodrigues of a Madeiran cherry picker (apanhador de cerejas) Sr. Agostinho of the village Jardim da Serra. Enjoy the serenity and un-stressfulness when Sr. Agostinho picks the cherries to sell them at the Funchal Market (Mercado dos Lavradores). Next time you buy and eat Read more…

Funchal … An Example Of Tenacity

Author: Jimmy Jay James On the 20th February 2010, an appalling news story overwhelmed the world’s newswires. Madeira had suffered awful flooding. Funchal in particular was featured. Not only did fatalities take place in Madeira’s capital city, but logistics meant that television cameras and reporters were presently in place to Read more…

Poço da Neve – Well of Snow

Some things seems trivial nowadays, but in the past they were unthinkable, … for example ice. With the advent of refrigerators and other similar devices today it has become possible to have ice all year-round. Now … imagine 100 years ago …. how could one get ice? Only in winter Read more…

Madeira in the NYT

Four (web)pages article about Madeira … its history, culture, traditions and various aspects of daily life. Written by Barbara Bell for The New York Times. Madeira has been Portuguese since the days of Prince Henry the Navigator, who sent two lieutenants, Joao Goncalves Zarco and Tristao Vaz Teixeira, on an Read more…

Madeira 1840 till 1960

Laninka from Canada has sent us a link to a beautiful Youtube video (actually a slide show) of old photos of Madeira Island from 1840 till 1960. It show mainly Funchal with its surroundings, landscapes, customs, how people lived and the types of public transport that were used during those Read more…

Home – The Project

No … we are not planning to renovate our house or to build a new one. Home is the title of a new “green-awareness” movie created by created by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. “Home” is an environmental documentary that is available today worldwide … in open-air spaces as well as theaters, TV, Read more…

Stand By Me

Living on Madeira …. I contemplate to the world (thanks to the Web) in a different (and relaxing) way … Just wanted to share this video with you all … Stand By Me (enjoy) Merci Maja for sharing it with me

Monte Festival

One of the most popular religious (folk) festivals of Madeira will take place … the Monte Festival –A Nossa Senhora do Monte (Our Lady of the Mount). With this festival Funchal commemorates the deliverance of the people from hunger and plague. Celebrations consists of a city fair which lasts through Read more…

Sunny North

Last week both my wife and I went for holidays “abroad”. Actually it was not abroad … we went to the North of the Madeira Island, Ponta Delgada and Boaventura. But for those who live on Madeira will agree with me that the North of the island has different scenery Read more…