Funchal, Madeira.

Still here in Funchal. It’s a lovely place- great views, tidy towns and villages and lovely people.

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Sunset over the sea.

In the cave (might be able to see it in the picture if you squint) I was surprised to find that swimming around is a whole bunch of young sharks. I’ll try and get a picture of them at some point as it’s such a cool sight. Sharks and lizards. Lizards are everywhere here. Lizards are to Madeira as pigeons to London (fun at first but boring after 50+).

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Window view.

London: Day 1

When a place like London is practically on your doorstep, you often forget the beauty of it as you get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. That’s why every so often, taking a step back from life and spending a day as a tourist can help you re-discover appreciation (for the city) and uncover hidden gems. There’s always a new restaurant to try, streets to explore and landmarks to admire.

Day 1 was spent completing a ‘museum crawl’. I say crawl, but only 2 museums were included. Even doing 2 museums in one day was too much as there was not enough time to fully explore or learn all there was to learn. The first picture is from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the last 3 are all from the Science Museum.

The Victoria and Albert Musuem was originally to be named the Albert Museum, however was renamed to the V & A by Queen Victoria after the Duke of Devonshire changed her mind. Building the museum took about 50 years (finished in 1909) which is clear when you see the intricate architecture; the museum is, in itself, a work of art.

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V & A

For me, the most exciting part about the Science Museum is their Tim Peake exhibit. Tim Peake spent 6 months on the ISS doing research, he ran the London Marathon on a treadmill and done video links with schools to answer school kids questions about space (which was really exciting for people of all ages as getting to talk to an actual person in space is a once in a lifetime opportunity). I’ve included a picture of the Soyuz TMA-19M, which he made his return to Earth in, where you can see scorch marks from the re-entry to the atmosphere. Coolest thing to see…ever!!

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Tim Peake’s spacecraft
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Moon Landing

Have any of you been to either of these museums and, if so, let me know your favourite exhibit!!!

Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary

A Ferrari ‘parade’ through Essex was highly suprising for those that don’t listen to the radio or keep up-to-date in the world of Ferrari. This year is Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary (1947-2017) and there are many events and activities going on to mark the occasion, as I found out yesterday when well over 100 Ferrari cars of all kinds drove past. There were 458s, 488s, a superamerica, F430s, 360s and so on…. Every so often, some were labelled “Safety Car” and trailling behind the lot were 3 Maserati cars which were there for “technical issues”.

It was a spectacular sight to see and any car lover would appreciate and grin at the low rumbles and revs of such a quality piece of machinery.

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Have any of you been to a Ferrari 70th anniversary event or know of any coming up?

Let me know!

 

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