Madeira, the Portuguese island about 800 km west of Casablanca, is well known for its overwhelming flowerage. Despite the flowers having been imported from all over the world some hundred years ago, it is a spectacular sight. And goes well together with the steep cliffs, volcanic mountains and misty rainforests. Overall, Madeira feels a bit like Hawaii. Only the great beaches are missing. This is the second part of our Madeira trip – it covers mainly walks in the central and northern area, in particular: the Levada dos Cedros, the Risco Waterfall, Calhau, Ribeira da Janela, the area around Sao Jorge, and some of theRead More →

The famous “Cote de Granit Rose”, the pink granite coast, is certainly one of the most spectacular coastlines on earth. The eponymous granite appears – beside Brittany – only at three other spots on earth: Corsica and two regions in China and Canada. I haven’t seen the ones in Canada and China, but I’m sure that the magnificence of the granite rocks of Brittany, the mysterious atmosphere of the site, is hard to beat. FavoriteRead More →