Dunnett Related Places to Visit in Europe
The lovely island of Madeira is naturally much-changed from the time of Nicholas and Simon, though it was also mentioned in one of the Johnson Johnson books and you can still take the wooden sleds down the steep hill in Funchal. It has a wonderfully mild and consistent year-round climate and the displays of flowers are remarkable. I've visited twice for Christmas and would happily return to explore the mountain regions and the levadas - the paths which run alongside the irrigation channels that lead down from the hills.
I particularly recommend taking the cable car from Funchal and visiting the Botanical Gardens, and would love to see the Flower Festival which usually takes place in April. It's also a great venue for food enthusiasts, with superb seafood and Portugese cuisine, as well as some excellent Morrocan dishes. And of course you must try the Madeiran wine!
Typical church architecture
Funchal Botanic Gardens
Topiary at the Botanic Gardens
This glorious display grows on wires above the river
Wonder if he knows where the gold is?
Hand-painted tiles adorn many building in panels like this one
Another example of tile art
I did consider asking if they had an account for Jordan de St Pol
Wooden sled ride
Even in December the plant variety is astounding
Another Funchal church