BODY. MIND. MADERIA

Madeira may not be a complete secret, but it’s somewhere you’ll probably want to keep quiet about once you’ve discovered it

We live in a World in which there isn’t enough time to do everything, so we need to do things differently. We need time to experience, time to feel sensations, emotions and MOMENTS.

Seemingly set adrift in the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is the complete holiday escape for those in search of something a little bit special, away from the crowds. This Portuguese island is quite simply a haven for renewing your energy, refreshing your body and discovering something completely new.


FIVE SENSES

Beauty- Health – Wellbeing – Food – Travel

Bold and uncompromising just like the changing world it so perfectly encapsulated. One should never underestimate the profound resiliency of the human spirit, nor how swiftly things can change for the better - often overnight.

“To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves” – Mahatma Gandhi


Having a brilliant time...missing you all :)
Hope everyone is well and joyful
Cheers!
Christine :)



Madeira Islands

Facts:
Archipelago (est. pop. 300,000), 308 sq mi (798 sq km), capital: Funchal, country: Portugal, status: Autonomous.

Set in the Atlantic Ocean c.350 mi (560 km) off the coast of Morocco, Madeira, the largest island, and Porto Santo are inhabited; the Desertas and Selvagens (the latter being somewhat closer to Africa) are not. Known to the Romans as the Purple Islands, they were rediscovered (15th cent.) under HENRY THE NAVIGATOR.

The volcanic origins of Madeira can still be seen,; the amphitheatre that surrounds Funchal was once a caldera. The Island is surprisingly mountainous with peaks of 1,860 metres; over 6,100 feet high! Fortunately for the tourists, volcanic activity stopped about 6,500 years ago. This activity has endowed the island with a fertile landscape where much of the island was, until comparatively recently covered in ancient subtropical rainforest. Indeed this is the reason for the name of the island, 'Madeira' meaning 'wood' in Portuguese.

Parts of this forest (Laurisilva) still remain, mainly on the northern slopes and have become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but the superb blooms for which the island has become famous may be found in abundance all year round. One of the nicest ways to see the dynamic and panoramic vistas is to take a Levada Walk along side the water channels designed to supply irrigation to the drier parts.

Madeira is a scenic, year-round resort. The islands produce bananas, sugarcane and Madeira Wine, but now derive much of their economic growth from tourism. The north remains mainly rural in nature whilst the south, especially in and around Funchal has developed with the discerning traveller in mind. Most, but by no means all, of the Island's finest hotels are found in this area.




MADEIRA

10 comments:

raquel roysdon said...

I'm the fly on the wall around you. Wishing I could travel there. missing you back!

March 21, 2009 at 8:34 AM
Khaled KEM said...

Thanks Christine for introducing Maderia to us. I did not even know that a such island exists.

We miss you and we are all waiting for your safe return.

March 21, 2009 at 2:28 PM
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March 24, 2009 at 3:42 PM
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March 30, 2009 at 3:30 AM
Christine said...

You were there with me Raquel :)

Khaled, your most welcome. What a extraordinary place...Brilliant!
Happy to be home. Hope all is well for you.

Cheers!

March 31, 2009 at 10:22 AM
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Cheers!

March 31, 2009 at 10:25 AM
Christine said...

Hello Joanna :)

Welcome! Thank you so much. I hope to see you again real soon

Cheers!
Christine :)

March 31, 2009 at 10:26 AM
Christine said...
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Cheers!
Christine :)

March 31, 2009 at 10:36 AM
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