Sunday, 8 June 2014

Doors are boring? Not here...

8th June 2014

Sunday and our last day on Madeira for exploring. We took a local yellow bus to the downtown terminus stop which happens to be at the Cable Car / Museum area.  Since we’d already had a ride in the cable car it was time to hop into the museum to find out the historu of Madeira. It’s a small visitor centre which doesn’t disappoint someone like me who enjoys reading wall displayed information. The presentation is newish and very clearly displayed in four main languages, the colour coding easy to follow.

I enjoyed my hour or so ambling around absorbing the information. After that we walked around the local cobbled streets – a bit sore on the espadrilles – but great to see the 'older' architecture.

Doors are entry points to what is concealed behind them and are generally quite boring. NOT on the central streets of Madeira. How recent the innovation is, I don’t know, but it seems common to ‘paint’ your door in such a way that it both entertains and enlightens the old street and, in some places, crumbling buildings.

They may not all be eminent works of art, but they did take some creating.

 These are only a few of the selection...


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