The charms of Madeira brought interesting people to Madeira. Winston Churchill loved the Island and took his rest there. It inspired him to take up watercolors. You can see that this would have been in the late 40's and perhaps later. The development which has recently
exploded on the Island was not yet prevelant.
George Bernard Shaw learned to tango in Madiera....
Sir Winston at his easel.
Madeira folk in the Village were very close. When I did my genealogical research, I found out that they were rather a minority versus Azoreans in New England. Yet, somehow they found their way to Taunton and their closeness did not diminish. The New Bedford Madeira festival of the Blessed Sacrament is the largests festa in the world!! Often Madeira folk from
New Bedford would come to visit and vice versa. Sadly we have not kept up with them.
This website will tell you more about the New Bedford festa which takes place annually in August, upcoming will be its 99th year.
Madeira today is a cosmopolitan resort spot for Europeans and Americans as well. It is to be hoped that the charms of my home island are not lost.....
I leave you with a YouTube video of the New Year's firework's display: the largest in the world
taking place each year in the Funchal harbor. It was recognized in 2006 by the Guiness World Records. There are usually many cruise ships in the harbor
for just this event. Another dream on my bucket list....
Anyone know the history of these fireworks? When they first began?
Enjoy this astounding display!
and one more video...this music is somehow already imbedded in my memories.
shared on You Tube by somehow from Bristol, RI. Thank you whoever you are.
Next: The Azores.....
I am hoping that more viewers will share their photos.
Several readers have just returned from there.
I will gladly pop them in as we go.