Madeira und Portugal 2013

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal – 20th October 2013

Hello friends,

Many greetings from sunny Madeira. Yes, I am on this lovely Island again. Last year I have been here with my friend ScillyHH. This time I live in another part of Funchal. This is our holiday house.

 

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In front of it there is this nice small palm tree.

 

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And there are more wonderful flowers and plants in the garden.

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And this is the best place of the house. Can you see the Cruise Ship behind me?

 

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This is the Atlantic Ocean – what a nice view!

 

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Funchal, Madeira, Portugal – 21st October 2013

Hello friends,

 

Today we walked through a part of Funchal called Lido. There seems to be a lot of wind over the years. Look at this palm tree.

 

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And I liked this big rock in the ocean.

 

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Then we went into a nice garden with beautiful and big flowers.

 

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This is a dragon tree – this is funny, because our holiday house is called Villa Dragoeiro – that’s the Portuguese name for it.

 

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Botanical Garden, Funchal, Portugal – 23rd October 2013

Hello friends,

As you can see on the photo, we visited the botanical garden of Funchal today.

 

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What a wonderful view!

 

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Of course I found beautiful flowers here.

 

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This was a lake – with a waterfall!

 

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Do you know these flowers?

 

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Well – I already told you that I liked this view!

 

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Maybe we should plant something like this in our garden?

 

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Then I found a delicious fruit…

 

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… and a big cabbage.

 

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Maybe we should buy a bigger garden and create something like this?

 

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I had a great time in this garden! And I have a lot of plans for our garden next year!

 

Sao Lourenco, Madeira, Portugal – 25th October 2013

Hello friends,

 

It was time to see more from the Island – and we decided to drive to the Eastern Part of Madeira. On our way we stopped at a nice lookout and had this view.

 

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We wanted to hike later – but just before our arrival a big rain started. These paths didn’t look great so we decided to hang around and maybe come back next week. But we were happy – many other hikers started earlier and really got soaked! I loved the small men out of stone here.

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The view from the other side of the parking lot was nice, too.

 

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Well – we started our trip back home and stopped at another great viewpoint. It was only 10 minutes after the other photo – and look at the sky!

 

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What a wonderful place!

 

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Porta Moniz, Madeira, Portugal – 26th October 2013

Hi friends,

We drove to the Western Part of the Island and passed a high plateau.

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Unfortunately the weather wasn’t that good and we drove through the clouds…

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Then we reached the town called Porto Moniz. The weather looked much nicer here.

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This was funny – a natural swimming pool in the rocks.

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The ocean looked wild here.

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We went nearer to the big rock in the ocean. It was amazing.

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Later we drove to the most Western Point of Madeira. There is a beautiful small lighthouse.

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We had a great view over the high cliffs there.

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Madeira is a wonderful place.

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Look – there was the lighthouse we visited 10 minutes ago.

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Our last stop was next to a small harbor.

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Sports in Funchal, Portugal – 27th October 2013

Hello,

It was time for some sports today. I started on this ergometer.

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Then I tried this machine, but it was not easy alone, so Laika helped me,

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Then I trained my abdominals.

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Well – I tried some weightlifting, but it was too heavy for me.

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So we only posed for a group photo.

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Later I trained my balance. Soeren helped me.

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Then we all balanced on the big ball.

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It was fun! And now there are some photos for my good friend HelmutBluepant.

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This is his famous flower!

 

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Eira do Serrado, Madeira, Portugal – 28th October 2013

Hello friends,

I went to a nice place called Pico dos Barcelos. From there I had great views over Funchal.

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What a beautiful big flower!

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Somewhere there behind me is our holiday house.

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Then we drove into the mountains and stopped at a point called Eira do Serrado.

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What a wonderful place!

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Santana, Madeira, Portugal – 30th October 2013

Hello,

We went to a place called Santana today. Look – what a wonderful big hydrangea.

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Behind us you can see the typical houses of Santana.

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What a nice place.

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Back home I went through the garden and found new beautiful flowers.

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This yellow bloom was so nice.

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It is great to see so many blooming plants in October.

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Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Portugal – 1st November 2013

Hello Hello!

Can you see me?

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Here I am – I belong to this piece of art.

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I went to the Monte Palace Tropical Garden today. We saw a lot of plants, flowers and more there. Here you can see me inside a hollow trunk of a palm tree.

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It was like a garden in Asia here.

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This was funny – a friendly man fed the koi carps.

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This is the palace of the garden.

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I loved this place – a big lake with waterfalls and more.

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At the end of our walk I met this friendly dragon.

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Coimbra, Portugal – 3rd November 2013

Hello friends,

Let’s start with the view from our balcony – great!

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We stayed in Coimbra and spent the morning in a nice park called Jardim do Portugal dos Pequenitos. Here we saw buildings from Portugal and countries related to Portugal in a smaller size. Unfortunately not in TV-size.

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I liked the church.

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But this castle was great, too.

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I relaxed in the sunshine…

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Something nice for our new garden!

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Later we crossed the bridge and walked to the old city of Coimbra.

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We stopped at a nice place.

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Then we reached the top of the hill and saw the beautiful university.

 

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Aveiro, Portugal – 4th November 2013

Hello friends,

 

Today we visited a town called Aveiro, it looked a little like Venice, I think.

 

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They had really beautiful houses there.

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Unfortunately the weather wasn’t that nice this day, so we went to our hotel early in the afternoon and this is only a very short update.

 

Porto, Portugal – 5th November 2013

Hello friends,

 

We went through Porto today and started with a wonderful church Sao Francisco.

 

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Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos inside, but it was so beautiful. Then we went to the port – there were nice small streets.

 

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And the view from the riverside was beautiful, too.

 

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This bridge is famous!

 

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We took an elevator to a higher point.

 

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Look, I had a nice view.

 

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This is the cathedral.

 

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And I loved this big place.

 

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I saw this cafe on a postcard, so it should be famous, too.

 

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And this was the last monument we visited – a high tower.

 

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It was a nice day in Porto.

 

Guimaraes, Portugal – 6th November 2013

Happy Birthday, dear Mum!

 

We started our day with a wonderful Birthday Song for my Mum.

 

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Then we drove to a nice small town called Guimaraes. There we started our tour with this beautiful castle.

 

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It was like an old fortress!

 

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What a beautiful building!

 

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Then we went into another nice Castle –unfortunately Mum forgot to take a photo with me outside of it – so here you can see it with me inside of it…

 

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There were wonderful big rooms.

 

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Some arms for knights!

 

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I would have loved to have dinner here!

 

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This was the church or maybe only a chapel.

 

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At least I had a photo of the courtyard.

 

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We left the Castle and walked through the old city.

 

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A really nice place!

 

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Braga, Portugal – 6th November 2013

 

Hello friends,

 

After leaving Guimaraes we went to a town called Brawa. It seemed to be the town of churches…

 

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The last stop there was a place called Bom Jesus. There was a wonderful garden with a lake…

 

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And this is the big church there on the mountain…

 

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…with some stairs down. But should we go down there?

 

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Maybe this view is nice enough?

 

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No, we walked down all the stairs – and had this great view!

 

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Sintra, Portugal – 8th November 2013

Hello friends,

 

We visited Sintra today – and there we started with the beautiful Pena Palace.

 

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I had a great view from the hill there.

 

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Did I tell you that I LOVE this Castle?

 

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There was another nice Castle on the other hill.

 

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What a wonderful place!

 

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Then we went to the center of Sintra, but we didn’t find many interesting things.

 

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So we continued our trip and went to the Quinta Regaleira. It had a great garden. I started in a grotto.

 

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Here you see the grotto from the outside.

 

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This was interesting – a very deep well.

 

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From this place I had a nice view over the Castle and the small Chapel.

 

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Then we went to the most western Point of continental Europe.

 

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What a wonderful place!

 

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Our last stop was this Point in Cascais – called Hell’s mouth.

 

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This was a really great day in Portugal!

 

Zoo, Lisboa, Portugal – 9th November 2013

Hello friends,

 

It was a wonderful day. We went to the Zoo today – and started with the cable car.

 

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I had a great view over the zoo – and one of the big buildings behind me was our hotel.

 

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We met some turtles.

 

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And tall giraffes.

 

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Then I saw small hippos.

 

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We were really near to the flamingos.

 

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Then I visited big hippos.

 

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It was a great time in the Zoo. But now I want to show you my nice room in the hotel.

 

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This was the place I really liked – on the big couch together with my friends.

 

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But then we found this place – with a great view out of the window.

 

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I showed my friends the Zoo where I spent the morning.

 

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Lisbon, Portugal – 10th November 2013

Hello friends,

 

Today we explored the city of Lisbon. I started with the Jerónimos Monastery – a beautiful building.

 

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Behind me you can see the Monument to the Discoveries.

 

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Next to it there was a small harbor.

 

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I really liked the Belém Tower.

 

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We took a trip with yellow hop-on-hop-of-buses and I had a great view from it.

 

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This small tower with an elevator inside was really funny!

 

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Later we spent some time on a nice place with wonderful buildings around and a nice fountain on it.

 

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Soon we will fly back to Germany.

Love Dicker Kumpel

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