Street of 100 Doors
A Madeira Specialty
We thoroughly enjoyed local specialties for lunch. I had Espetata which is a very popular meat dish Tender, succulent marinated chunks of beef with laurel (bay ) leaves, are barbecued on a skewer ....sometimes metal with bay leaves between the chunks of meat, sometimes on a real laurel skewer, over charcoal and basted with butter. Espetada kebabs are served hanging on a special vertical stand with vegetables. Brian tried Piripiri Chicken.....hot as you choose - another traditional.dish., which he found equally good.
The ride starts off below the steps of Nossa Senhora do Monte - “Our Lady of the Mountain” Church. .....a fast 2km ride down steep and winding roads taking you to your finishing point at Livramento.
"Nossa Senhora do Monte" or "Our Lady of the Mountain" Church
Monte Tropical Gardens
Next, we went through the UNESCO heritage Monte Tropical Gardens. They were beautiful, with themes of different countries for different gardens. Japanese, Chinese, tropical etc. They had an amazing rock collection which had been donated.......and many stone masks in two sections of mainly African themes.
Water features were numerous and the backdrops of blue and white traditional tiled walls gave a refreshing lift to the gardens. It was a quite unique garden and took us a good 2-3 hours to get around.I recommend this as a "must do"
After taking the gondola back down, we ambled along through the town enjoying the lovely traditional architecture, which I'll leave the pictures in the next blog post to best show.