Thursday, 16 August 2007

MEDRET - Madeira Island 1993

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Family photo of Mediterranean Restoration Working Group (MEDRET) meeting in Funchal, Madeira Island, in October 1993. Delegates to this meeting were from Portugal (host), Spain, France, Italy, Morooco (Chairman), Tunisie and Greece.

Photo of meeting table published on local newspaper "Jornal da Madeira"

Some delegates walking down to a viewpoint, in the route to Curral das Freiras, during the short tour offered by the hosting company, Marconi S.A (merged by PTC in 2002).

The bay of Funchal, the capital of Madeira island.

These traditional houses are typical of Santana village located in the north cost, which are unique to Madeira. They are small and triangular built of natural stone, thatched with straw and brightly painted. Originating in the 16-th century, the oldest surviving examples are no more than 100 years old. The triangular shape serves as a protection from the rain and for sleeping in (bathrooms are set well away from the houses). The hillsides around are also set with thatched byres where cows are kept to protect them from wondering along narrow terrace paths.

Market of Funchal, bustling with stalls for people selling flowers, fruit, vegetables, fish, and a few odds and ends (baskets, leather goods, tourist items, etc).

Madeira flower Proteia real (Protea cynaroides or King Protea originated from South Africa). Protea cynaroides is a woody shrub with thick stems and large dark green, glossy leaves. Most plants are one metre in height when mature, but may vary according to locality and habitat. Its flowers blossom during summer and can be seen in many gardens.


Anonymous Jeff Mundt said...

Jose - I see some old friends in this picture of the MEDRET. I think that is Alain Polloni on the right from FT and sitting on the couch in the middle is Maria? from Portugal I think, she was always very nice and hung around with Gunter from DTAG alot. Jeff

28 June 2006 at 04:29  

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