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I usually neglect blue hour photos on family holidays because going for a blue hour session during holidays means leaving family behind and loosing precious time together. But my daughter is getting older now and also since we had quite a bad weather on Madeira, I was pushed to reconsider whether I could at least take some more blue hour photos.
As you already know I am a big fan of postcards. Before I visit a place I look for optimal postcard places. I didn't research blue hour locations in Funchal that much in advance and using maps on the phone or tables is not the same as on the computer. There are several viewpoints over Funchal which offer stunning views over the town but they are quite distant and have nothing characteristic to catch the eye, just a sea of lights. One postcard from Funchal I have seen in many variations: a relatively modern white church set against the town panorama. I managed to identify that church as Igreja de São Gonçalo. I found also a nice viewpoint nearby, Miradouro das Neves, very popular among tourists. But after researching it more I knew it will be too far from the church and the view will appear relatively boring on a photo. I decided to go there first and either walk from that point or drive around looking for a better spot. Indeed, Miradouro das Neves was quite disappointing. The view was breath taking but it was just a sea of lights next to the sea, nothing characteristic to catch the eye. In addition to it, there were a lot of wires and cables which were quite terribly obstructing the view. I walked around a lot but I could not find a clean spot. Then I smiled because I noticed a guy with a tripod arriving with his girlfriend. He said he tries to find a nice POV for the second night in a row and he cannot. I recognized a heavy German accent. And I remembered when I was young and my wife followed me to blue hour sessions as well. In fact two evenings before, my family went with me to another blue hour spot but going to a second one was too much to ask. The blue hour was there and the German guy decided to stay and take photos with the wires, I decided to drive around a bit more. The satnav took me through very narrow and very steep roads, which reminded me San Francisco but felt more scary being that narrow and dark. I stopped in few places along smaller roads. The area felt quite dodgy. Even though a taxi driver told me that the famous footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was born in Funchal, has bought two houses in this area. Wherever I stopped there was a party and drunk people making noise. This didn't seem very safe. Eventually, I arrived in the spot, which you see in this photo. Sadly, I drove too much down so the panorama of Funchal is only partially visible here. The blue hour was largely gone, the sky was too dark for my taste. Nevertheless, here you are: a postcard from Funchal, from a POV I have never seen before. In the workshop I will upload a wider view with more sea visible. I was not entirely sure how to cut it.
By the way, I see TrekEarth reaches a new low level of activity. Maybe people just left for holidays?

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