Sunday, 20 January 2013

Madeira: Funchal (June 2012)

In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean lies Madeira, a volcanic island rich in vegetation. Its year-round sub-tropical climate provides perfect conditions for exotic flowers and fruit trees and makes it a colorful destination.
Funchal is Madeira's capital city and major harbour and is a great place to stay when visiting the island as it has lots of great restaurants and an amazing market for fresh fruit and vegetables. 

Welcome to Funchal...

...where the streets are covered in flower petals

Narrow streets

The famous Mercado dos Lavradores, fresh fruit and veg market


Inside the market

Passionfruit


Old woman in traditional gear selling flowers




Birds of Paradise

Passion fruit in various flavors






Various little parks in the city


Tree with mysterious looking things....




Funchal










Cable car to the mountains

For a church holiday volunteers arranged petals into beautiful patterns





It was painful to see it all being destroyed
 

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Brussels, Belgium (December 2011 & 12)

Grand Place - the not so traditional Christmas tree in 2012


Grand Place Christmas 2011
Guild houses

The little boy everyone comes to see...Manneken Pis
Galeries Royale St Hubert
Sweet temptations everywhere
Tintin!!
Comic Strip Museum
Church of St Jacob - where most of the kings were baptised
Clock on Central Station
Palace of Justice
Parc de Bruxelles
Brussels sprouts art
House of Representatives
Place du Luxembourg with European Parliament in the background
Some 8-Bit love

Time for a break
More love
European Parliament