Fear of Heights


More holiday photos from Madeira?

But of course! We have to take a day trip up the mountain. Well, I had to, so now you have to look at the pictures. Professor M has a thing about mountains, so he insists on dragging me up the mountain every time we visit Madeira.

Don’t worry, there’s no climbing involved, not even hiking. We just took the bus to a place called Eira do Serrado. I kept my eyes closed for the most part of the bus ride because I have a fear of heights. The things we do for the people we love… 

Anyway… There’s not much to do there. On top of the mountain, I mean. There is a hotel, so you can stay overnight. We did it once, long ago. That was long before they added a spa.

What else? You can go hiking, of course. Or, if you’re not very athletic, walk to the viewing platform: just a few hundred steps and you have a nice view of the surrounding mountains and the village below. And then you can walk back down the few hundred steps and have lunch at the hotel restaurant. 

The restaurant (and the scenery) is the reason Professor M insists on visiting this place every year. Yes, the food is delicious. Is it delicious enough to suffer the 20-30-minute bus ride up the narrow mountain road? Well…

Eira do Serrado 1300 x 1300

Eira do Serrado1300 x 800

Right. So, we took bus number 81 up the mountain. And, annoyingly, it was a sunny, warm day.

Yes, it was very annoying. You see, last year when we were here, it was foggy and cold.  So foggy that I didn’t really take any pictures. And so cold that I was freezing wearing just a poncho.

But, this time I came prepared: I was wearing thick corduroy trousers, and I brought along a warm coat (that I ended up dragging around all day). And, needless to say, didn’t even need. Because it was such a warm and sunny day. On the plus side, it was the perfect day for some landscape photography, so here you are:

Eira do Serrado 1300 x 1000

Eira do Serrado 1300 x 1000

Eira do Serrado 1300 x 1000

Did I mention that there’s not much to do up there? Besides eating and hiking, that is. So, to pass the time while waiting for the bus to take us back to Funchal, I took a lot of photos, testing camera modes and functions, zooming in and out…


Eira do Serrado 1300 x 1000

Eira do Serrado 1300 x 1000


Do you like the mountains? Or do you have a fear of heights like me?

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  1. 17 January 2020 / 10:33 pm

    Yes I totally have fear of heights. Which just happened one day, out of the blue. It was paralysing. But I do like your photos. Lovely.

    • Tiina
      20 January 2020 / 10:16 am

      Thank you! Fear of height can hit you out of the blue like that, it’s scary, isn’t it?

  2. q
    18 January 2020 / 10:15 am

    More than heights I’m afraid of getting there. I can walk and even climb without problems on solid ground, but if going up involves an elevator or stairs, I’ve to force myself to do it. It was nothing to look down in the Shard, but I almost turned back from the elevators. And yes, I did not want to sit by the window in a bus on Madeira going up to the hills (car was not that bad though so next time suggest that you hire a cab to take you there?).

    But once I get there, I can look down even from the edge of a cliff. Is it the same for you? -q

    • Tiina
      20 January 2020 / 10:19 am

      For me it varies, sometimes I can look down without a problem. But it’s going up that narrow road that scares the hell out of me, whether on a bus or a taxi. And don’t get me started on those scenic elevators with glass walls…

  3. voguefauxreal
    19 January 2020 / 3:46 pm

    I love the mountains but I’d rather be hiking or walking them than driving up a narrow road (or even worse, having a bus driver drive me up a narrow road). Your photos are gorgeous and you were pretty brave taking some of those! I’m tall and a lot of times those walls and rails that come up chest-high on many are only waist-high on me and I feel that I could very easily topple over, so I generally stay away from the edges of high areas. I love the way your flower photos turned out, too! I couldn’t see much of your purse, but that strap looks pretty neat!


    • Tiina
      20 January 2020 / 10:24 am

      I know what you mean: years, ago, we walked down the mountain (there’s a footpath leading to the village below), and it was no problem at all. And even though I’m quite short (so no fear of toppling over), I prefer to keep my distance from the rails around the viewing platform, too.

  4. 21 January 2020 / 12:11 am

    Beautiful, beautiful photos

    • Tiina
      22 January 2020 / 9:18 am

      Thank you.

  5. shelbeeontheedge1
    23 January 2020 / 7:39 pm

    Beautiful photos and gorgeous views, Tiina! I am terrified of heights and get all vertigo when I get too high. But I do love the mountains and taking walks in them. As long as there are no cliffs near my path I am good!


    • Tiina
      24 January 2020 / 11:28 am

      Thanks! Yes, I get vertigo, too, especially near cliffs, or looking down. But walking is OK.

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