Category: Madeira

Reid’s – 120 years of saluting Madeira

  Have you been to Madeira? Not? Still, I bet there’s one hotel on the island you can name. A hotel that has reached that level when the name almost gets synonymous with Madeira. Reid’s. Or Reid’s Palace Hotel. The…

Rita Maria G G Marques; master of Bolo de Mel

Madeira wine, honey, walnuts, almonds, Sugar cane, spices…. Correct. That’s some of the ingredients in a Bolo de mel, Madeira’s pride. Just as the wine it smells divine but I’m one of those that needs to settle with the seductive…

Pereira d’Oliveira – 1937 Vintage Sercial

1937 was a special year for Pereira d’Oliveira. It was the year when the Estado Novo government, under the authoritarian rule of Salazar, expropriated the land in São Martinho on the south coast of Madeira. D’Oliveiras lost their own vineyards…

Are you mad about Madeira?

  Welcome to the new Mad about Madeira site! It took a while to create it and boy am I glad I didn’t give up when FTP’s, Databases and widgets made me question what the heck I was doing. The…

Broadbent’s 5 Years Old Reserve

  Let’s get some balance back to this blog! My Madeira life’s been too good to me lately and I don’t want to confuse you dear reader. I don’t drink 1894 or 1898 Soleras every weekend. Nor do I drink…

Have some Madeira M’Dear

ARTIST: Flanders and SwannTITLE: Have Some Madeira, M’DearShe was young, she was pure, she was new, she was niceShe was fair, she was sweet seventeenHe was old, he was vile, and no stranger to viceHe was base, he was bad,…

A tour around the island – Part 3

  Moody weather anyone? Is meteorology a passion of yours? Then Madeira is the place for you! Only on the Azores have we experienced more extreme and constant weather changes. At Palheiro – watching the horizon is both dazzling and…

A tour around the island – Part 2

Funchal seen from the Cable Car on the way up to Monte – or its full length name, Nossa Senhora do Monte. Not for the claustrophobic I can tell you. And do you have the slightest tendency for sea sickness,…

A tour around the island – Part 1

  Just as in Rio de Janeiro he stands there – Cristo Rei – welcoming you to Madeira! On the southern part of Madeira, in Garajau more exactly, the statue can be found. There’s also a possibility to walk down…

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