Lisbon, Madeira, London
July 11, 2003 - July 22, 2003
On July 11, 2003, Kenny and I set out for our long Portuguese vacation. We flew Virgin
Atlantic/TAP to London, then
Porto, then Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, where we spent a short
weekend. Lisbon was more beautiful and much larger than we ever imagined. We took an eight hour
bus tour around the city and the surrounding countryside. But then it was off to our real destination,
Madeira, which is a Portuguese island off the coast of Morocco. We stayed in Funchal, the capital,
which is Portugal's third largest city. Madeira is breathtaking. It's a volcanic island that is covered in
gorgeous green mountains and is surrounded by deep, blue waters. Kenny and I managed to see
much of the island by jeep, bus, boat and on foot. A truly surreal vacation and one I highly
recommend. A relaxing week later, we headed on back home, with a quick night in London.
On the way to Lisbon!
Belem Tower, a Moorish castle
on the coast.
The town of Cintra, outside of
Lisbon, full of royal palaces.
Jeronimos Monastary.
Ponte 25 de Abril, which looks
amazingly like the Golden Gate
Bridge.
Me relaxing seaside.
Discoveries Monument.
Cabo da Roca, the
westernmost point in
continental Europe.
Yep, relaxing seaside again.
The beautiful farmer's market.
The cablecar up the mountain.
You toboggan down the
mountain. Way fun!!!.
The botanical gardens. Unreal!
Kenny so peaceful.
Robbie unusually tranquil.
Madeira's beautiful coast.
Kenny and the mountain.
Our wonderful hotel, the Pestana
Palms.
The incredible view from our
balcony.
The Santa Maria.
Me on board the Santa Maria.
One of the many whales we
spotted.
One of the many mountains we
spotted.
Pico Ruivo, the highest peak
on Madeira. A six mile hike!
Me and my Coke above the
clouds.
Us, ruggedly athletic.
Us, walking with the moo-moos.
Ta from London.