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Where to find live music & festivals in Funchal

Where to find live music & festivals in Funchal Although Funchal is not the typical cosmopolitan city where you can easily find a music gig happening every night, I have compiled a list of my favourite live music bars and Summer Festivals. Whenever I go travelling I enjoy discovering hidden bars and local bands. It allows me to experience the city as a local while sharing an authentic experience. There’s something about a good live music performance that makes me feel very happy and living in the present. All my darkest memories vanish. I’m just there healing through rhythms… One of the highlights of my summer in Madeira was attending the Music Festival Nos Summer Opening in Funchal.   Plus I got the chance to meet and listen to the amazing voice of Skye Edwards! Morcheeba songs accompanied me since my days in the University in Lisbon so whenever I listen to those warm psychedelic tunes I feel those good vibes coming back. I love the mellow sounds and the wise lyrics accompanied by the most …

A weekend in Porto with friends

Where are we going this year? That’s how this journey began … After Madrid last year, we made a statement: – A weekend just for friends, once per year! The choices were: Edinburgh or Prague, but Portugal spoke louder and we chose the city of Porto. And so it was… Where we stayed at Porto We stayed at the Gallery Hostel, Rua Miguel Bombarda. This is a street full of art galleries, alternative shops and friendly cafes. It is also a few minutes walk from the ‘Aliados’, not far from ‘Ribeira’, near the river. One of the highlights of this area is the street art and historical buildings covered in beautiful tiles. It also has a “ commerce center that is not a shopping”, the CCBombarda which offers affordable restaurants and creative shops. The Gallery Hostel is excellent. The rooms are nice, clean, spacious and so are the bathrooms. It has a very nice social area and breakfast is included. They also make dinner for 10 € with drinks included. Staff is very welcoming. What …

A weekend in Madrid

When I was a teenager, every year, me and my girfriends used to spend a week’s holiday together. Then came college, a few marriages and one divorce, children, day to day concerns, work and  time ran … 15 years later, we thought it was time to find a solution to meet again in similar circumstances; book a week’s holiday with friends without children or husbands, or hours to arrive … To talk, laugh, walk, “sing and change clothes ” (this didn’t happened too much …) but especially to revive a friendship that unites us and which we treasure. There was also that curiosity inherent to the point; could we have fun as before? The choice was multiple: Prague, Lisbon, Barcelona, Porto and finally MADRID. It was a great choice, check out why: 1. Flights at affordable prices. We’ve booked it a year ago (almost) and got a great deal:. FX-Lx-Madrid, return flight  for about 200 euros. 2. Uhostel Our room had 3 bunk beds (we could be together in one room) private bathroom and was very well located, plus 5 minutes away from Metro. 3. San …