I spoke about social networking and transportation at the CIVITAS Forum 2011 held in October in Funchal, Madera Portugal. Madera is an island in the Atlantic Ocean about an hour-and-a-half flying time to the south west of Lisbon. The conference was great and it was lots of fun to visit Funchal.
I ate at a wonderful restaurant called Restaurante dos Combatentes twice, once for lunch and then later in the week for dinner. Very attentive service and great food.
I took a tour of the Old Blandy Wine Lodge which includes a museum and tasting rooms in addition to being used to store and age the wine. Madera wine violates lots of the rules: it’s aged in hot attics and the bottles should be stored upright. It’s a fortified wine so quite high alcohol content. It was fun being able to taste several types and vintages of Madera. Here’s a photo of one of the museum’s tasting rooms.
The Funchal Airport was great, one of the few that still has an outdoor viewing platform. Here’s a photo of our plane from the viewing area.
All my photos of Funchal on Flickr.