Car Parking “funny business”. Financial assistance for Gaula and estimates for Santa Cruz fire damage.


Create your own car parking spot!

The Police have recently served several notices of “infraction for improper parking” on residents in the centre of Funchal. The operation was done in collaboration with the Departamento de Trânsito da Câmara.

According to the statement of the Regional Command of the PSP during the enforcement ............ more

MegaYacht Excellence V – yours for just €595,000 per week (plus “expenses”)! 22,300 Madeiran unemployed. Boutique Lido disappears? Ponta Delgada 5 day festival.

You can hardly have missed the 61 meter (200ft) “SuperYacht” (some term it a “MegaYacht”) EXCELLENCE V  which has been docked in Funchal over the last few days – just watched it head off in a westerly direction this morning.

According to it was built by Abeking ............ more

Government assists fire-affected bee-keepers. “False” emergency admissions plummet after hospital fees introduced. Presidents AJJ’s economic gloom. New harbour costs rise!

A few interesting snippets during the last few days – thanks to Peter as usual for keeping me on the ball. Firstly some good news on the back of the fires

The Diario relates that Government will help beekeepers whose colonies of hives were affected by last month’s fires.

According to Manuel ............ more

New ferry service? Strawberry World latest.

Several well informed sources have indicated that there may be announcement soon regarding a new ferry service from the mainland to Madeira. This could happen as soon as the autumn and would reconnect the island to the mainland at Setubal, only 40km south of Lisbon. ............ more

Guest Post: Casa Parsons

Quite a few people have expressed concern in the Comments section recently about Jon and Deb Parsons and their highly acclaimed B&B since the fires affected the Gaula area. Return visitors will know that both have been regular contributors to the blog for a number of years. I had been in touch ............ more

The history of Funchal

Thanks again to Peter who alerted me to an interesting section of the Official web site of Câmara Municipal do Funchal. I was aware of part of the below, which is really comprehensive, but I particularly like their choice of old pictures to accompany the text – all of which you can relate to in ............ more

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