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Looking north from the same valley as our last post (which showed the view looking south from Serra de Agua). At the bottom of the valley is Sao Vicente, of which more later, naturally. 🙂

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Serra de Agua, in the center of the island above Cabo Girao.

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Two views along the coast towards Funchal, from Cabo Girao, where there’s a glass walkway more than 500 meters above the beach. You’ll see those pics in due course :-).
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Country Canals.27

Still working through photos of the flat and canal-rich countryside of Noord-Holland, Gelderland and Noord-Brabant in NL, even as I enjoy the steep hills and Atlantic views in Madeira. So much world, indeed…

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OK, it’s immediately clear that Madeira, and the lovely city of Funchal where I’m staying, will present abundant moments of beauty which I’ll want to photograph. At least when the sun is shining, which it has today and may choose not to do again during my week here. So I’ve already snapped more’n enough to get me through my remaining 47 days of posts, hence my three-in-a-day milestone today. Each of these lovely little entrances sits on one short street :-).

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A new series for a new place, of which you see my very first photo immediately above and, just below, the remaining photos taken as our airplane approached the runway of this lovely mountainous island off the Atlantic coast of Morocco yesterday afternoon. I want to share them fast, because of that lovely sense of discovery I had, after a 7am flight out of a very cold Amsterdam and connecting time in Lisbon, as our plane came ever closer to the waves below us and I eagerly looked for my first view of this new island. Semi-perfectionist (or mildly obsessive) individual that I am, it hurts me to fall out of number order – somewhere a few months ago I decided I’d try to have some numeric order in my series – but as I’ve wanted to launch an “islands” series ever since I realized the missed opportunity after I’d posted most of my lovely Texel photos, I simply don’t want to wait longer.

The blog tells me I’ve now posted at least one new post per day, for 317 days in a row. This means I need to cover 48 more days and I’ll hit my 365-day mark in the second half of January, and then I really do think I’ll allow myself another extended break. In the meantime I do keep seeing amazing stuff on walks, from flights, during bike rides…and it’s fun to share. Hope you’ll enjoy these new views. More from this island in the days ahead. (And yep, if you view it in full blog mode, you’ll see the nation and island in the “categories,” otherwise a future post will be less mysterious, I’m sure…).

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Lovely little flowers planted by a colleague in one of our clinics during my recent visit in Bangladesh 🙂