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