Friday, April 22, 2016

2016 Grand World Voyage, Day 108, Funchal, Portugal (Part 1 of 2)

Our final port on the 2016 World Cruise is a wonderful place to finish up...Funchal is the vibrant capital of Madeira, a sub-tropical island in the Atlantic Ocean about 600 miles southwest of Lisbon. Framed by a dramatic backdrop of towering cloud-tipped mountains, the city unfolds over a series of steep hills and terraces. Funchal is a wealth of historic monuments, convents, forts and churches that date back to the 15th century. Madeira's abundance of colorful and exotic flora is apparent in the areas many parks and gardens. Ann and I wandered the Old Town before taking a cable car for a stunning overview of the city and the botanical gardens. Returning to the harbor we stopped at; the Fort Sao Tiago, a bright yellow landmark and the local market or Mercado dos Lavradores.  Stopping once again in the old town , we met up with Cathy and enjoyed some shopping, WIFI and gelato before returning to the ship.  It is hard to believe this is our final port of call and the past seven months on the Amsterdam has nearly come to an end.  Until we meet again, I would like to bid farewell to all my friends on the high seas....thank you for making my 10th World Cruise a memorable one!!!  This is a two part blog, here is part 1



  1. Thank you for taking the time, trouble and expense to post your photos to your blog. Hopefully you'll be able to do it again next year.

  2. Enjoyed all of your posts. Thank you for taking the time & effort.