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Costa Cruise 2009: Madeira, Portugal – Geek Turned Athlete

Costa Cruise 2009: Madeira, Portugal

Hi guys!  This is about our stop in Madeira while on our Western Med Cruise the beginning of this month…

Pics of the port:DSC04766



We walked everywhere that day!  I swear, we must have walked about 7 miles.  These stairs went on forever!  The city was really relaxing and had parks almost every couple blocks, and the sidewalks throughout the city were all patterned with small river stones, set on their edges. DSC04772



Do you recognize the person on that billboard?  I’ll give you a hint: his initials are GC.  I think it is crazy how many big stars promote products in Europe when they wouldn’t think about doing that in the U.S.



We stopped at a colonial museum on our walk around the city.  There was a historical artifacts collection right outside of it.



Inside, there were tons of old beautiful antiques and absolutely gorgeous chandeliers.  I’m a freak about chandeliers, so I was acting like a crazy lunatic during our tour in the museum.DSC04810

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After the museum, we walked around some more.  These streets were long and steep!!DSC04815

Then, off to the fort!!

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I can totally see why they put the fort here.  You could see for miles!!DSC04836

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Then, we hit up the town square.  Those are some church doors in the pic above.  We were trying to figure out where to go next (below).  The city was getting ready for Christmas.  DSC04845

We ran across this sculpture:DSC04850


Next, we decided to take the gondolas up to the top of the mountain on the island.







We found that church up at the top of the mountain.  It was pretty cool, but we were starving, so we headed back down…DSC04899

We ended up eating in a cute little bistro.  They served the best garlic bread ever.DSC04910

with avocados, red peppers and shrimp.  It was smothered in a mayo sauce.  We were not fans of the sauce, but everything was so fresh!!DSC04912

Then, for the grand finale: steak with a fried egg on top.  I guess that is a Portuguese tradition?  I noticed that literally everything had a fried egg on top of it.  It was really good!  The egg yolk just made the steak really rich.DSC04915

And a side of veggies and fries:DSC04916

Anything with protein on top of a big slab of meat, Steve likes.  So, he was happy.DSC04917

We don’t know who we were supposed to be, but we thought it was funny…:)



All the stores were very open with their products.  Quite a difference from the states!! 😉DSC04933


After walking around forever after lunch looking at all the little shops (and being scared by a few), we stopped for an afternoon snack—Chocolate cake…DSC04946

with a white coffee.  Basically, this was a misto, but they called a white coffee.  The flavor was nutty and perfect!DSC04948


Then, we headed back to the boat.  Just some art on the way back.DSC04950



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Back down the stairs.  It was a great day, but we walked so much, and my poor feet hurt from walking around in my flip flops!!



Up next: horseback riding in Malaga, Spain!!

Missed other parts of the cruise?

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Emily Elizabeth December 23, 2009, 2:01 pm

    Soooooo many pictures!! Keep them coming! I love it. It makes me feel like I was right there with you on the trip :)

    The gandola looks like fun! I like your Hubby’s shirt too lol! Did you get any comments? Seems like everytime my Husband wears something like that everyone has something to say!

  • Nicole December 23, 2009, 2:07 pm

    Oh yes, we always get comments when he wears that shirt! He loves it!!


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