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                           Funchal, Madeira

                               Funchal is the capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira which is situated some 350 miles from North Africa, amidst the warm waters of the Gulf stream. The island was first settled by the Portuguese, although seafarers and soldiers of many origins have created a people of mixed descent. Madeira is famous for its wine, aptly named Madeira Wine, which has been widely exported since the 17th century.

   

  

     Although located in the African Plate, some 650 km off the North African coast, Madeira belongs and has always belonged ethnically, culturally, economically and politically to Europe, some 955 km from the European mainland. 

 

 Judy with some flowers for our room on the ship.

  

 

                           

 

 

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