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…

Customer is a king, no not always

The customer is not always king

For me the way people treat restaurant staff reveals a person’s character.

Customers who treat waiters as ‘slaves’ or ‘servants’ … I consider them as the ‘scum of earth’ and not ‘kings’.

A man (or woman) who, for no reason, is actively unpleasant to waiters .. my advice is to avoided them. Also those who patronize waiters and other service offering staff. People that treat waiters as though they were invisible … are all cretins! They think that it is a sign of sophistication … NOT!
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Madeira Biking Bike

Is Madeira just for oldies?

Those who says that “Madeira is just for oldies” have not yet discovered the real Madeira! On the other hand it could be that they are our loyal visitors that are saying this in order to keep this beloved destination a secret

Watch the promotional video of Rui Martins (RumaVideo) and make your own conclusion:
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Pico Ruivo (video)

Pico Ruivo, Madeira Island, by Joel Sérgio Pereira Pico Ruivo – Madeira Island from Joel Sérgio Pereira on Vimeo. When playing click on the Expand-icon to watch the video in Full Screen mode. Press Esc to get back. Pico Ruivo is the highest peak on the Madeira Islands. It can 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…

Pico Ruivo Time-lapse – Madeira

An excellent (time-lapse) video made by Hugo Câmara (photographer) …. 1862 meters (6107 ft) high above the clouds … Pico Ruivo. Pico Ruivo, the highest peak on the Madeira Islands, which usually one could reach via Pico do Arieiro (a strenuous hike), but that path is temporary closed due to Read more…