Just been to Madeira for Christmas…what a lovely island out in the Atlantic Ocean. For those who have never been, it is small but perfectly formed reaching altitudes of 6000ft in just 309 square miles. Quite spectacular and very fertile with crops growing wherever possible in the volcanic soils.
It is the first time we have been away for Christmas and it was quite nice spending time with strangers and getting the pleasantries out of the way before enjoying a little time by the pool and in the sunshine…next time we have a warm Christmas will hopefully be next year in New Zealand. A good training exercise therefore!!
We had several glasses of Madeira wine which was a very pleasant diversion, the local Madeiran Poncha which is made from honey, white rum and fresh fruit juice (like a cold cold remedy I thought)…and with the hotel being all-inclusive there were excellent cocktails!! Try the black scabbard fish with banana if you get the chance!
I’ve been lucky enough to go to a number of different countries and I was reflecting on what makes something beautiful. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and can be represented in experiences, sights, activities and more. I love New Zealand, Scotland, Canada and the USA…and the spectacle of Norway is quite something too. I love great scenery and a feeling of isolation which is something you don’t get in the UK very often so perhaps a perception of beauty is culturally influenced too! Here are 2 taster photos of Madeira…and then one of the incredible Yosemite (USA) and then one of Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) in Norway…which do you prefer and why? So much beauty in the world…and so much which has been damaged over the ages.