The first stop on this jet journey is the island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean. I've been here a few times before (by ship) but this is the first time by air. This is the view we had from our Explorer 757 jet as we descended along the east coast of the island. This is a 5 milion year old volcano that rises 4 miles above the deep floor of the Atlantic Ocean (3 miles of this are below sea level). The upper one mile is spectacular and is obviously dissected along the coast by waves that cut into the rocks.
A view of the small eastern settlement called Machico on Madeira.
And a view from the balcony of my hotel room at the Reid's Place towards the city of Funchal.