I had an e-mail from Jon and Debs at Casa Parsons the other day which I immediately asked if I could reproduce on the blog. The reason for the request was that it painted such a positive picture of the centre of Funchal – a refreshing change from all the photos of the seafront upheavals. It is interesting to get the perspective of someone residing in idyllic rural Gaula, who understandably doesn’t venture into the “big city” more often than they have to. The excellent photos are all theirs too!
It’s another, new World…..within Funchal.
From cruise ships to tuk tuk’s to Cycles and Segway’s, it’s all part of the developing tourist scene in "downtown" Funchal. Swarming like agitated ants alongside the towering Behemoth cruise ships (collecting tourists not food), these new forms of transport migrate into the City Centre bearing their precious cargoes to feed on the various offerings available in Funchal.
Moving alongside of (and competing with) the traditional yellow and blue taxis and the colourful coaches, these new forms of life dart in and out of the traffic, skirt traffic jams and bring a breath of fresh air to the city – literally, especially the bikes, Segway’s and less polluting tuk tuk’s AND it’s fun! As FUN SHALL be!
Jon kindly explains (for my benefit I think!) that “A behemoth is a beast mentioned in Job 40:15–24. Metaphorically, the name has come to be used for any extremely large or powerful entity. I wonder if Aida, Costa or P&O will name a new ship likewise…..?”
Thanks Jon – and if anybody else wants to send me their impressions of this fascinating island I will happily include them in future blogs