It sounds bourgeois to say, I suppose, but at the end of these day-long excursions we feel completely exhausted. Each afternoon or evening I find Carrie passed out on the bed and unmovable. So our day at sea, yesterday, was much needed. I don’t have much in the way of photos, because I would have felt a bit like a voyeur walking around the pool area taking photos of people relaxing. I think we can all agree that I made the right choice to just relax with family in the hot tub and leaving the photo-taking for today :-)
Today we woke to our morning room service at 7:15 am and, like each morning had breakfast on our deck. This morning, though, as we drew back the curtains, we were greeted by the beautiful sight of Madeira. Madeira is a beautiful island which a very interesting colonial history, but I will let wikipedia educate any who are interested in that. For me, the sight from our deck was worth the trip. We came into the port of Funchal (pronounced: foon chow, and it means “lots of fennel” because that is what the Portuguese found here when they came to the island in the 15th century) and experienced great food; a powerful rum, lemon juice, honey drink; and beautiful sights. I highly recommend the island of Madeira for anyone who is traveling this part of the world.
|the market at Funchal.|
|The view from the estate where we had lunch.|
I didn’t mention that this excursion was part of “cruising with the chefs” so we had three chefs with us explaining food in the Mediterranean region. The lunch was participatory and had demonstrations by local restauranteurs. The only thing I wish I had done, if I had more time in Madeira, would be to take time and space for photography because I feel that I missed so many great photos along the way.