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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - September 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Portuguese paradise in Atlantic Madeira - an enchanted isle By MARIAN E. VIRTUE AS I walk up the gentle slope from the village, the sun beats warmly on my back, whilst white puffy clouds sail merrily about in the blue sky. Along the path, tropical vegetation, pink hibiscus, variegated orchid and bright red bottle brush remind me of the Hawaiian Islands. But this is Madeira, where the pace is slower; money goes farther and the lovely vistas undisturbed by a clutter of high-rises. This Portuguese paradise has such exquisite beauty, that one must linger and enjoy, rather than just take a "look". Situated in the Atlantic, some 600 miles south of Lisbon, 250 miles from Casablanca, as one approaches its airport, built as recently as 1966, this island looks like a small lush green dot in the blue ocean - but actually is 25 miles by 15 miles. Rising abruptly from its rugged coast are magnificent mountain ranges, with crops varying from bananas, grapes Surfing on the desert? Surfing, one of the fastest growing participation sports, has come to the desert of the state of Arizona, in the southwestern United States of Amer- ica. Big Surf, Inc., developed and owned by Clairol Inc., New York, as a promotional venture, is the world's first authentic inland surfing facility. The complex is located in the university city of Tempe, ten miles due east of downtown Phoenix. Big Surf first opened to the public in October 1969 for a limited experimental season. It is now operating on a perma nent basis with spring, summer and fall schedules. The Big Surf complex features what is believed to be the world's largest filtered swimming area. It is about as large as two soccer fields, with beach area twice as large as the lagoon. Surfing, swimming or rafting provide recreational amusement for all members of the family. Food Serice, an Arcade and several shops are available. Guests also may relax on the beach or shaded mall. Waves are made by a custom hydraulic system housed in a huge reservoir at the base of the "key-hole" shaped lagoon. Water is pumped to a pre-arranged height in the reservoir and then released through underwater gates. The volume of water emitted by the gates moves over the underwater baffle or roof adjacent to the reservoir front wall, forming "breaker" waves up to the height of an average man. The surf is similar to that found off Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. and palm groves; avocado and papaya at the lower levels rising to wheat, sweet potatos, cherries, apples, and pine covered jagged peaks reaching to 6,600 feet. The road around the island and several ones across it, mostly cobbled, make accessible to a visitor superb scenery, precipices, deep valleys, rushing rivers and rainbow-spattered waterfalls. One sees, too, the world's finest terracing. Nepal's, in the Himalayas, is very significant but Madeira's rock walls and well laid out agricultural plots are the epitome of neatness and efficiency. The cobbled country roads are edged with exotic plantings - white calla lilies, pink came-lias, and rhododendron bushes as large as apple trees, blue hydrangeas, gay daffodils, and snow-white glads, all cared for by the people from one village to the next. Things grow rapidly because of the rich volcanic soil and amenakle climate. The sight of bright yellow mimosa and the avenidas lined with rosy purple jacaranda is something one never forgets. No! One could never exaggerate about the flowering beauty of Madeira - literally like "a basket of flowers floating in the ocean". Funchal, the island's capital resembles a gigantic Greek amphitheatre, as it encircles the bay. Picturesque white houses, with their red-tiled roofs climb the slopes to an altitude of 4500 feet. Some are like English manor houses, boasting enormous gardens, surrounded by high wrought iron fences, with huge, impressive gates and shiny brass nameplates. Inside log fires give a further glow of hospitality. Villas, in the steeply terraced country areas, though smaller, are nonetheless attractive, their roof corners decorated with sculptured � terra cotta birds or faces. The interesting designs of the handmade mosaic pebbled paths fascinate me. Prior to Christmas, the custom is for everyone on the entire island to paint, white wash, and restore his buildings. Facelifting' for cruise ship Holland America's s.s. Sta tendam, employed largely on the West Coast during the past few years, will return to New York next March with a multimillion-dollar "facelifting" that will feature an all-new Promenade deck with new bars, lounges and a Lido Terrace She will first display her "nieuw" cruise look on a series of four 11-day "inaugural' cruises from New York to the West Indies, departing March 13 and 25 and April 6 and 17, Ports of call are Bermuda Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Gau-deloupe (both Basse-Terre and Pointe-A-Pitre), St. Barthe-lemy and St. Maarten. Rates begin at $440 for these four 3,533-mile cruises. Because of the steep slopes, the cow, a valued creature (though not sacred as in India) must be kept in safety. So the terraces are dotted with innumerable tiny thatch roofed A line barns, many encircled by white calla lilies and hold only two cows. Occasionally one sees a cow tied to a rock wall by the roadside. With the airport on the other side of the island from Funchal, visualize a resort area minus the roar of aircraft - nothing but the beauty of a white ship gliding slowly into the bay or the crowing of a rooster at dawn - he is a lucky symbol here. Avid tourists lug off one either in porcelain or of brightly painted wood. What to do? Tennis, golf, mountain climbing, swimming, water skiing, deep sea fishing, bullock cart and sledge rides and if you're really "done in" you can be carried about in a hammock by two sturdy Portuguese. The great sporting event of the year Is a motor rally around the island. On these winding cobbles with only two spots where one can drive a straight mile it is indeed a race of no mean stature. Tourism is fast becoming a major part of Madeira's economy. Ocean liners call in for day and with the new airport, there are daily flights by T.A.P. from London and Lisbon. Embroidery, wine, bananas and basketry (made of willow) are exported in large quantities. Although there are more than 100 embroidery factories, most of the work is done in the country homes. One sees the women sitting by the roadside or in their gardens, working diligently on fine linen. All designing, cutting of patterns, selection and stamping of material, finishing, packing and shipping are done in the factory. Amazing to see a woman washing 500 or more beautifully embroidered handkerchiefs, not by machine, but on a board in a tub. In one factory of 400 employees, entire rooms are given over to ironers, while upstairs the packers are wrapping and shipping to places all over the world. This industry seems doubly interesting when we remember it was instigated by an English lady visitor, who recognized the talent of the women and also their need of an interest. So linens and silks were shipped to them and later she created the first markets abroard for their products. Learning to embroider is a part of each girl's education. They start at five years, and combine it with other studies. The Portuguese tare kind, courteous and devotedly hard working people with strict social conventions. Accommoda tion, food and facilities are still reasonable. Help is plentiful and skilled. Reids Hotel - an elegant, charming hotel, perched in a magnificent garden on a rocky summit overlooking the ocean - is complete in itself, with tennis courts, all kinds of swimming facilities and service that is the kind one dreams of, but very seldom happens upon. . Friday, September 17, 1971 - THE IFTHBRIDOl HERALD - 19 New package deal for businessmen MONTREAL - Starting this fall, Scandinavian Airlines will feature a package deal in all three Scandinavian capitals - Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo - which will make a businessman feel welcome and well looked after. For a uniform price in each city - $19.95 - a traveller arriving in Scandinavia will get a private taxi transfer from the airport to a first class hotel in the downtown section of the city where a single room with bath is waiting for him. He will get two c o mplimentary drinks of his choice, a good North American type breakfast the next morning and a private taxi rdie back to the airport in case he is not staying in Scandinavia any longer. In, Stockholm, they even throw in a self - drive car right at the airport, gas included, mileage and the Swedish transportation tax is extra. Additional days can be purchased at the price of $17.95 per day, including breakfast. In Stockholm, the self - drvie car is complimentary for the duration of the package, up to three days. In Copenhagen, the hotel used in connection with this 'Businessman's Special' is Pal. ace, centrally located well known first - class hotel. In Stockholm, the participat ing hotel is Sheraton and in Oslo, the Continental. All are well - known names with all the modern facilities a travel ler and a businessman may re quire. The 'Businessman's Special' must be booked in advance and the most convenient way of do- ing this is in connection with the actual flight reservations. All travel agencies as well as all SAS sales offices in Canada can take the booking and confirm it in short order. Sun Line offers cruises to West Indies, S. America The Sun Line, which Is represented by Holland America Line Agencies, Inc., has distributed two new brochures; one announcing four 21-day cruises that depui from San Juan for 22 ports in the West Indies and South America, while the other describes four 20-day cruises from Miami on the m.s. Stella Oceanis that sail to 13 ports in the same areas - and Central America as well. RUGGED COASTLINE - This view from Cape Girdo shows the rugged terrain of Madeira and how all available space is utilized with meticulous terracing. The Portuguese island is becoming a familiar holiday spot for many Canadians. Winter schedule for hydro tours Tours of B.C. Hydro's Peace River power project returned to a winter schedule this past week. The guided tours will be available between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday except on statutory holidays when the visitor reception centre will be closed. sary 25th anniver observed by SAS Winter Orient tours offered A brochure describing Trav-elworld's "Winter Orient" tours for this coming winter season are now available from your travel agent or Japan Air Lines, which provides all air transportation for the program. Travelworld's series offers the traveler complete freedom of choice in menu selection, internationally known hotels and the assistance of an expert tour manager throughout. This year's itinerary includes stops at the major attractions in Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Bali, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong. A quarter-century ago - on the night between July 31 and August 1, 1946 - an agreement was signed in Oslo, Norway, founding Scandinavian Airlines System. A milestone in Scandinavian co-operation, the agreement London visitors dine, tour on luxury bus restaurant Visitors' to London now have a novel opportunity to dine and tour the capital at the same time. A $25 ticket gives them a place on "The Upper Crust', a 24-seat luxury restaurant on the upper deck of one of London's world-famous red buses. The tour is operated by J. Lyons and Co., the famous London caterers. As London's scene unfolds around them through specially - designed wide-screen windows, diners are given as much champagne as they want and served a four, course meal: smoked salmon, Scotch fillet steak and Burgundy, strawberries and cream, followed by cheese, coffee and brandy or liqueurs and cigars. All this is served by an attractive and efficient cabin staff, while passengers relax in air-conditioned comfort in airline-style seats, with non-slip, surfaced tables. The three-hour tour runs twice a day (Monday excluded), starting at 12 noon and 8 p.m. from Victoria Coach Station and takes visitors to such landmarks as Lambeth Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Cutty Sark at Greenwich. formed the world's first truly international airline. Hailed as the "United Nations of the Air," SAS was the creation of representatives of the national airlines and governments of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. By combining the resources of three smaller carriers, SAS has multiplied their strength many times over, ranking ninth in traffic among today's inter, national scheduled airlines. Initially known as Overseas SAS (OSAS), the fledgling airline inherited one route - between Scandinavia nad New York. The first DC-4 in Scandinavian colors inaugurated transatlantic services Sept. 17, 1946. Today, SAS serves 115 cities in 48 countries with an undupli-cated network of 154,351 statute miles. The airline has flown 51 million passengers, more than three times the population of its mother countries, and carried 720,000 tons of cargo. SAS aircraft have spent 3.1 million revenue hours in the air on 1.3 million flights, covering 853 million miles - equal to 34,120 trips around the equator. Here's a Great New Way to Get a Tan and See Some Extraordinary Ports of Call . . . P & 0 3 WEEK CARIBBEAN CRUISES DEPARTING:  Vancouver-December 21st, 1971  Vancouver-January 20th, 1972 FARE FROM ONLY ........... VISITING THE FOLLOWING  Vancouver  Curacao  San Francisco  Grenada  Lot Angeles  Barbados  Puerto Vallarta* St. Thomas  Balboa # La Guaira  Cristobal  Crystobal $940  Balboa  Acapulco  Los Angel**  San Francisco  Vancouver Make Your Reservations Early To Avoid Disappointment "Lethbridge's Oldest and Most Experienced Travel Agents" R LAWSON TRAVEL OFFICES COAST-TO-COAST Marquis Hotel Bldg. Phone 327-4094 or 328-3000 YES! Beny's are offering BJG save Now On .  1971 , CHEVROUTS \ CH6VIUK I  NOVAS on their remaining stock of FACTORY FRESH NEW CARS AND LOW MILEAGE LIKE NEW 1971 DEMONSTRATORS Don't miss this great opportunity to move up to one of these great value leaders from General Motors. See your favorite Beny. Salesman  � .He's eagar to deal. 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