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Rua De Santa Maria

February 3rd, 2012

The last time I was in Funchal was fall 2007 (the trip with MSC from Genoa to Buenos Aires. The friend I was traveling with and I did a number of the touristy things like take the cable car up the mountain and the sledges down as well as wander around the town looking at this and that before heading back to the ship.

Since then, I have been to/through the Canaries a couple of times but the stops have been on other islands.

This is the first of two posts on Funchal. Too many photos for one post. Two completely disparate things to talk about.

In the last several years there has been a lot of art development which leads me to the street art. Back all those same number of years ago I had a Friday tradition of posting pictures – normally doors or arches. So this is about the doors along Rua de Santa Maria. Not all the doors, mind you – just the ones which I found interesting or could get a decent shot not obscured by all the other tourists with their cameras. I have my older EOS instead of the 7D which was not particularly happy with me. I am feeling the lack of capability (narrower ISO range which decreases the quality of indoor pictures) and the not-quite-as-good lens.

If you are reading the email version of this post with thumbnails – suggest you wander to the blog as the ability to embiggen some of the photos really makes a difference.

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  1. Helen
    February 2nd, 2012 at 11:11 | #1

    Great photos!

  2. Jane
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:11 | #2

    I had a classmate when I went to school in Portugal whose dad had a linen shop in Funchal, so when we were there in 1963 we went to his store. I loved Madeira hankies. We took a tour and went up this very windy road up the mountain to an overlook that kinda hung over the edge. I never have had a fear of heights so I thought it was pretty neat. The other thing I remember were the orchids. When we sailed I think we had over 50 orchids in our cabin. They sold them in bunches of branches. Do they still do that? Would love to go back as I remember it as a very beautiful, rather exotic place, but that was almost 50 years ago–hard to believe.

    Bon Voyage.

  3. Margo
    February 3rd, 2012 at 15:01 | #3

    Great photos – really interesting. Sounds like a nice trip (to places I’ve never been).

    Meant to say: I have more than a passing interest in the beautiful doors. I have decided, after all this time, that I am finally fed up with not having a coat closet and have persuaded Garry to construct one. As it will be in a prominent location in the house, I’d like it to look as attractive as a coat closet door can look — so it was inspiring to see those examples!

  4. Linda M.
    February 4th, 2012 at 17:02 | #4

    I love the turtle!

  5. Ann
    February 6th, 2012 at 22:43 | #5

    Love the images! What a terrific use of local artistic talent, and great tourist attraction. Much better than painted cows or horses (various cities in the US)

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