On Wednesday we hired a car – our first stop was Câmara de Lobos .
It was the first place that the discoverer of Madeira, João Gonçalves Zarco landed. Apparently, he saw the sea cliffs at Cabo Girão (of which more later) and turned back. Winston Churchill stopped off here in 1950 and did a few daubs.
As you can see from the terracing on the hillside, no land in Madeira is wasted. If there’s a patch of earth, they’ll get a banana tree or some vines in it. It’s quite inspiring, but it makes you realise, just how hard life still is for many Madeirans.
Câmara de Lobos is a thriving harbour – although when we were there, the fishermen were all busy playing snooker, cards and expectorating.
As you’d expect – I was very keen on the different blues of the fishing boats. I’ve cropped this to get rid of street ligts and all those other nasty modern things :-).
The bar where we had a coffee, had a big football scarf collection. As I was discussing with Lorna
, yesterday – it’s always interesting to see collections of things.
is very popular in Maderia.