Reid’s Hotel Madeira in World Top 25; Art Exhibition in Calheta; Tried the Carros do cesto in Monte?; Monte toboggan ride; Ernest Hemingway wrote: the “most exhilarating experience” of his life; Markets contradict “turning point” forecast by Finance Minister; Portugal’s first sustainable community garden; Slovakia opens consulate in Madeira;

International, Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Dear readers, events this weekend include:

Art Exhibition in Calheta region at The Centro Cívico da Ponta do Pargo

titled:’Art West 3 – Islands and Men’with works of Ruben Freitas of Madeira e Carlos Mota of The Açores Islands.

What else is happening in Madeira this weekend? Let us all know in the commments section

Reid’s Hotel Madeira in World Top 25

The Reid’s Palace Hotel in Funchal, Madeira has been classified as in the Top 25 globally by The Traveller’s Choice 2012 of TripAdvisor.

Slovakia opens consulate in Madeira

link to article: http://www.dnoticias.pt/node/303212

Tried the Carros do cesto in Monte?

“The Monte toboggan ride down towards Funchal city centre is perhaps one of the most famous of Madeira’s tourist attractions.

Go to almost any holiday website and you will read rave reviews describing the toboggan ride as one of those things that you simply must do.

Ernest Hemingway wrote: the “most exhilarating experience” of his life

Indeed, the renown American author, Ernest Hemingway, wrote of his journey in the wicker basket toboggan sled as the “most exhilarating experience” of his life.

Unfortunately, much has changed since the era when Hemingway took his trip. Today, the unwary tourist will be fleeced for every last possible euro that can be extracted from them.

Of course, many still find the sled ride an enjoyable part of their holiday. And, it is true, you are unlikely to find a similar experience anywhere else on your worldly journeys – just be mindful of what you are paying for before you hand over your hard cash.

The Monte toboggan ride starts just beneath the 74 black basalt steps leading up to Monte Church.

Walk down the steps to the viewing platform and you will see the wicker basket sleds lined up alongside the disused gates to the old Grande Hotel Belmonte.

If you have arrived in Monte via the Cable Car, follow the signs to the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens. The start of the toboggan ride is a little way beyond the Garden’s entrance.

Don’t expect to pay for your ride with a credit card, the operator accepts only cash.

You are best advised to wander around the other attractions at Monte first as their is no return journey by sled.”

From Love Madeira.com http://www.love-madeira.com/monte-toboggan-madeira.php

‘Markets contradict “turning point” forecast by Vítor Gaspar’

From Portugal Daily View:

‘Markets contradict “turning point” forecast by Vítor Gaspar’, reports Público Newspaper, after the Portuguese Minister of Finance said Thursday that the uncertainty had decreased and the country was reaching a “turning point”.

However, the newspaper point out that despite the success of Portuguese debt auction held Wednesday, interest rates in the secondary market rose 21% in a week, while Portugal has a 66% risk of default…”

Portugal’s first sustainable community garden

From Portugal News:
“Portugal’s first sustainable community garden was inaugurated last week in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood, Benfica, Lisbon giving new life to a spot previously occupied by abandoned building that was frequented by what Lisbon Town Hall called “a certain marginality.”
Located on Rua Actor Nascimento Fernandes, the Bairro de Santa Cruz de Benfica Garden was officially inaugurated last Thursday at 11.15am, in the presence of Lisbon Mayor António Costa, the Councillor for the Environment and Green Spaces, José Sá Fernandes, and the Mayor of Benfica Parish, Inês Drummond.
Designed by agronomic engineer Francisco Manso, the large space is said to have a special meaning to the locals, in particularly residents of the Santa Cruz neighbourhood as the garden emerged from the demolition of a building which for years was used by a “a certain marginality” of society and had become a cause of insecurity for the surrounding population.
With the support of Lisbon council local residents, in collaboration with the founders of website Ruralidades, which is dedicated to nature, gardening and vegetable-growing, the Santa Cruz garden will be the first garden in Portugal to achieve a certificate of sustainability from the World Sustainability Society (WSS).
The project was distinguished for its choice of vegetables, many of which are indigenous to Lisbon, water usage, the use of recyclable materials, and volunteering are but a few aspects that earned the garden its accolade.”
link http://www.theportugalnews.com/cgi-bin/article.pl?id=1148-25

images from Diario Newspaper unless otherwise stated

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  1. This web-site is the greatest idea since……

    It is a co-operative map for people to fill in their own street, and so build a world map.

    Already I can find so many more places in Funchal and other areas of Madeira.

    Please sign up and add your road and all of our lives will be that much easier.

    http://www.openstreetmap.org/

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  2. This web-site is the greatest idea since……

    It is a co-operative map for people to fill in their own street, and so build a world map.

    Already I can find so many more places in Funchal and other areas of Madeira.

    Please sign up and add your road and all of our lives will be that much easier.

    openstreetmap(dot)org/

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  3. Ellen been around the site openstreetmap dot org and registered ..can see potential here does not seem easy yet to add data does it not just duplicate what is on google map and others? Can you see how its different?

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  4. Paul, i have tried to find my way around Funchal side streets and outlying areas using google maps and the country side outside of main roads. Totally a waste of time in my experience.

    Apparently this site is very popular in Europe and not as much in North America – likely because google has mapped most of North America and North America is on the whole easier to map as it is so much “younger” and roads have not grown as convoluted over the centuries.

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  5. Cool and breezy then – at this end!
    Has anyone else noticed “dry/dead and dying” old Palm trees in their area?

    Certainly in the lower Gaula area I have seen at least half a dozen old, mature and once, magnificant Palm trees, wilting away, dried out, brown and looking dead…..

    Have a good weekend everyone…..the sun is trying!

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  6. There are a lot of dying Palm trees in Canico de Baixo, Jon, in fact several large trees were cut down this week along a public path. There’s been a bit on the local news about it, I think the trees are being attacked by some sort of insect. They have been trying to treat the trees but it doesn’t seem to be working too well.

    Blue skies over here at the moment too!

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  7. Jon it’s the horrible big beatle which is killing many of the palms. The authorities
    have known about this for quite a while now & they have been treating many of
    them. (You will see black tubes winding up the trunks where they are under
    treatment.) Unfortunately, many are dying and we see lots around us in Sao Roque
    & nearby areas. It breaks my heart, as they take so long to grow.

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  8. Thank you to everyone for the Palm Tree Information – sad indeed. They don’t seem to be treating them here and I fear we will lose a lot of ancient landmarks, permanently.
    What a shame……

    Sun in (SW) Funchal and drizzle here now – Deb says it’s O.K. as the garden/plants need it! Luckily we still have a very healthy looking Palm proudly standing tall in the valley next to us….

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  9. It is indeed another visual disaster for this Island if the Palms die back.
    Somebody took their eye off the ball with imports by passing quantine.

    On another note
    Why does salt always seem to be dispensed by the “P” shakers and Pepper by the “S” shakers?
    In many eateries?

    Why no pepper mills?

    They are sometimes hidden away
    I take my own small plastic mill bought from the spice section of the supermarket with me now.
    Weird or what?

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  10. Mostly, does it not seem that the Palms closest to the sea are suffering?
    Further inland they appear to be fine…..

    Salt and Pepper = Soup Spoons Martin.

    Most Madeiran people season their food before eating, apart from homemade “piri piri” …. and “soup” (some meat with mostly veg and rice/noodles/pasta) is “just” another mainstay dish, not requiring special “tools”!

    Living the dream – you betcha!

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  11. Hipermoveis in Cancela is also very good and good prices too. They offer a variety of mattresses (different costs) for each bed. The main thing we found when buying beds is to measure them! I think there must be about five different sizes – the width differs but, most importantly, the length! A lot of beds here are shorter than UK ones!

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  12. Thanks for that very prompt answer, Richard and Debs. Will pay a visit when I arrive mid Feb. Next question. I want to get British tv in Madeira. Anyone know the best options? Thanks for the advice

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  13. Viv 3 options, a large dish with a freebies or a sky box, you will need to bring the sky box from the UK, UK address required. The alternative is to use a computer using an ex pat website.

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  14. Viv – it depends on how much British TV you want. We have MEO (telephone/internet/TV) and you have to pay extra for BBC Prime which you will have to look into. However, the majority of films on Portuguese channels are in English and many “serials” – it really depends on what you want.

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  15. Viv,
    Tobi’s site for info is very good but we have film on sign up for three months a year what suits you, We have all UK channels live. hope this helps but you can find loads of sites through your internet but there is only two I would use Film on and adontv

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