Madeira, Funchal
2010-05 Hans Peter Reinthaler, Nicki D'Souza and Photographer Richard Sidey

2010-05 Hans Peter Reinthaler, Nicki D’Souza and Photographer Richard Sidey

2010-05 Hans Peter Reinthaler, Nicki D’Souza and Photographer Richard Sidey a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. Three favorites of the Prince Albert II take the sled downhill as Richard takes a self portrait. Biologist, Hans-Peter Reinthaler, Staff Assistant Nicki DSouza, and Photographer Richard Sidey in the street sled in Madeira. Richard took...
2010-05 Madeira Street Toboggans

2010-05 Madeira Street Toboggans

2010-05 Madeira Street Toboggans a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. Conrad Comink and Olga Stavrakis take a ride down the steep streets of Madeira, Portugal in the 150 year old tradition of street sledding in baskets which are translated as “toboggans”. You sit in baskets which zoom downhill along winding narrow streets,...
2009-01-17 Flying over the Atlantic and the African coast on the way to Ouagadougou

2009-01-17 Flying over the Atlantic and the African coast on the way to Ouagadougou

2009-01-17 Flying over the Atlantic and the African coast on the way to Ouagadougou a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter As we flew from the verdant island of Madeira the African continent cut the deep blue sea as a chunk of sand and rock. What is striking about Africa here...
2009-01-14 Madeira, Outside of Funchal Madeira agricultural terraces

2009-01-14 Madeira, Outside of Funchal Madeira agricultural terraces

2009-01-14 Madeira, Outside of Funchal Madeira agricultural terraces a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter The island of Madeira is volcanic and mountainous so that agriculture terraces have been built for cultivation. If there were other areas with large fields, we did not see them on our drive. Here terraces are...
Every little piece of flat land in Maderia is cultivated

Every little piece of flat land in Maderia is cultivated

Every little piece of flat land in Maderia is cultivated a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Here we have several small fields right next to the Levadas, or old irrigation ditches which still carry water but are not in formal use today.
The Lebadas are extensive irrigation ditches built in the 19th century, now used for hiking

The Lebadas are extensive irrigation ditches built in the 19th century, now used for hiking

The Lebadas are extensive irrigation ditches built in the 19th century, now used for hiking a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. The whole upper part of the island was once irrigated by a unique and complex irrigation system of levadas. These channels were dug by hand into the mountainside in the 19th...
Every piece of available land is made into a terrace garden

Every piece of available land is made into a terrace garden

Every piece of available land is made into a terrace garden a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. Here men are planting vegetables on one of the high terraces not far from the old agricultural irrigation ditches built by the Portuguese in the 19th century. www.travelwitholga.com twitter
Madeira is formed by old volcanoes and therefore hilly and with rich soil

Madeira is formed by old volcanoes and therefore hilly and with rich soil

Madeira is formed by old volcanoes and therefore hilly and with rich soil a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. The village of Rochão is typical of the landscape of the whole island where there is almost no flat terrain. Houses are built on terraces and almost everyone has a little garden protected...
Madeira is famous for the sweet fortified wine also called Madeira Wine

Madeira is famous for the sweet fortified wine also called Madeira Wine

Madeira is famous for the sweet fortified wine also called Madeira Wine a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Maderia is famous for its sweet wine which is cured by leaving the barrels in the sun. It was discovered when an Indiaman returned from a long voyage with a few barrels...
Lapas, Patella vulgate, a limpet popular in Madeira

Lapas, Patella vulgate, a limpet popular in Madeira

Lapas, Patella vulgate, a limpet popular in Madeira a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter The Lapas, Patella vulgate, is a limpet which is extremely popular with Madeirans and is eaten raw like oysters.
2009-01-14 Madeira, Funchal, fish market, cleaning black scabbard fish

2009-01-14 Madeira, Funchal, fish market, cleaning black scabbard fish

2009-01-14 Madeira, Funchal, fish market, cleaning black scabbard fish a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter In addition to fruits and vegetables, Madeira has a large fishing industry and the fish market is at least as large as the agricultural side. We saw no poverty in Madeira. Flower vendors are required...
Black Scabbard Fish, Aphanopus carbo

Black Scabbard Fish, Aphanopus carbo

Black Scabbard Fish, Aphanopus carbo a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter The Black Scabbard Fish, Aphanophus carbo, was discovered only a century ago and has become the most popular of all sea foods. A terrifyingly ugly creature it is nevertheless considered a local delicacy and is probably the most popular...