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Madeira Map

A illustrated map of Madeira for kids!

In this illustrated Madeira Map I share 20 fun tips to enjoy your holiday in Madeira with kids. You’ll find a pocket guide in English on the back of the map. MADEIRA MAP for Kids Today, Google Maps is one of the most used tools to find the desired destination. The paper maps are relegated to a decoration, a gift wrap, or to a minority, who like me, loves paper maps. That’s how I started traveling and finding my way in unfamiliar cities. I loved getting to the destination alone, map in hand. I think that the more virtual our lives are becoming the more we need and appreciate what is natural and physical. It’s a bit like the books; ebooks are more convenient, take up less space in our homes and weigh less on luggage, but nothing compares to the pleasure of smelling a brand new book and turning its pages. Fortunately, the world of design continues to produce beautiful illustrations and so I’ve decided to create an illustrated Madeira Map. With the help …

Shopping in Madeira

Shopping in Madeira Island

 When you visit Madeira, you’ll find the typical souvenir shops that sell Honey cake and Madeira wine. They are both great and I recommend it. However, one of the things I like when I travel is to seek for shops of local designers, which I do not find elsewhere. With this globalization, I always get a bit annoyed to see the same kind of shops everywhere and it delights me when I find a special store or any item that is unique. I also like to go home and whenever I look at that piece, I have a story to tell, being able to associate it with a moment of my life, or the person who gave it me. Incidentally, this is also one of the pleasures of traveling, finding pieces that tell stories (eventually) have a sentimental, timeless value. So I proposed myself to show my readers  special gifts from Madeira. I suggest wonderful gifts to yourself (or to anyone you like giving special gifts to), which are the result of Madeiran creativity, ranging …

10 Coffee Shops with free wifi in Funchal

10 COFFEE WITH FREE WIFI IN FUNCHAL You can not leave home without your phone? You love to read online news, Facebook updates, post photos on Instagram and check the mail on your phone? This list is for you. We tested 10 free Wi-Fi coffee shops in Funchal. There is also an application called Mandic Magic indicating which are the cafes in the surrounding areas of your location with WiFi. If you know other cool spots or want to make a suggestion, you can leave your comment below the post. 10 COFFEE SHOPS WITH FREE WIFI IN FUNCHAL 1) Barreirinha Bar Cafe An alternative place, very close to the Old town. The music is great and the view is unforgettable. Live DJs at night. A super brunch on Sundays. Largo do Socorro 1 Open Mon-Sun 7-24h 2) Snack Bar Garden Santa Luzia A garden, a park, a lake and na ice-cream. Take your dog for a walk and share his photos on instagram. It also has a beautiful playground. Rua 31 de Janeiro Open Mon-Sun …

Zion – 12 postcards in Ponta do Sol

I have discovered a wonderland in Ponta do Sol, Madeira, last week. It is called Zion Project. Zion by definition:  is synonymous of “promised land” or get to the place you’ve always wanted. It is also the land of freedom that Bob Marley speaks in his songs. It’s a dream come true, and it was this dream that Filipa and Laura dreamed … Born in Ponta do Sol, they lived and grew up by the beach. Fate decided they would  study architecture and medicine abroad, but once they returned to Madeira, they started looking for their dream of having a bar on the beach. That was how they discovered Praia dos Anjos (Angel’s Beach). The sunset, the surrounding nature, the sea, it was perfect and still is. It has been three years that the Zion Project opened in Angel’s Beach  (the name could not be more appropriate). When I asked Filipa what is the best this bar has to offer, she answered me without hesitation: – “The people. The greatest joy of Zion is to see the happiness of others who come here. …

drinks in madeira

Drinks in Madeira: Top 10 drinks to try

Drinks in Madeira are mostly famous due to the world known Madeira Wine, but there are others… Names like “Poncha”, an alcoholic typical beverage, “Coral” beer, “Laranjada” fizzy drink and even “Garoto” coffee will enrich your vocabulary and your taste of Madeira Island. Madeira Wine This is a fortified wine made in Madeira. It is produced in a variety of styles from dry to         medium dry, to sweet wines. It can be consumed with dessert or on their own as an aperitif. As a curiosity, the Declaration of Independence of USA was signed in the 4th July of 1776 and the Madeira wine was the toasting beverage of choice. We’re very proud of our wine and you can visit some of the most popular cellars in Funchal such as D’Oliveiras or Blandy’s Lodge. “Poncha” Sugar cane production was the engine of the Island’s economy back to the 15th century when the island became a major supplier of sugar, which became known as “white gold”. Therefore, Poncha is a traditional alcoholic drink …

10 fotos do Natal Madeirense / 10 Xmas traditions in Madeira

Adoro o Natal, admito. Poder partilhá-lo com aqueles que mais gosto é um luxo, um verdadeiro prazer. Gosto de ver as luzes, dos presépios, da carne de vinho e alhos,  de ver “Música no Coração” na tv, com a família à volta, pela milésima vez…da noite do mercado com os amigos, das missas do parto… Por isso, para mim, Natal que é Natal, tem que ser aqui, na Madeira. Com fotografias, canções, vivências, recordacoes, sentimentos e sabores, partilho alguns momentos do Natal 2013. 1.Ver as luzes! / Look at the Xmas Lights Assim que anunciavam o acender das luzes na cidade, metíamo-nos todos no carro, e íamos vê-las. Eu e os meus 2 irmãos, o meu pai e a minha mãe, em silêncio ou com a música que o rádio tocava por entre ahs! e lindo! dávamos voltas na cidade. Começava assim o encanto do natal. Este ano não foi exceção. 2. Decorações de Natal /Xmas decorations  Árvore, presépio, searinhas, lapinha, azevinho, sapatinhos, velas, luzes de exterior, sem esquecer o Pai Natal que trepa à chaminé pela escada… Na …