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Madeira Embroidery

The Secrets of Madeira Embroidery – Workshop

The Secrets of Madeira embroidery – Workshop The Madeira embroidery has always been part of my life. It accompanied me through the curiosity of my childhood, in search of hidden treasures in the house cabinets of my parents, in the bed sheets offered as a wedding gift, in the baptism suits of my children and in the table cloths of my home, whenever we celebrate special days. I never set out to understand the value that is hidden in a piece of Madeira embroidery. Not that I did not like manual labour, but only because Madeira embroidery was considered difficult, time consuming and inaccessible to my inexperienced hands. And so I decided it was time to learn by participating in a workshop of Madeira embroidery. Bordal organizes workshops of Madeira embroidery every week and in one of these thursdays, I joined a group of ladies with the same purpose: to learn to Madeira embroider. Bordal was founded in 1962. There is, in store, a historic route that leads us through the manufacturing process side by …

Marina do Funchal

How would you describe the perfect day in Funchal?

The other day I heard someone describing their ideal day in Funchal. It included a trip to the beach, swimming in the sea followed by a lunch with limpets, ‘bolo do caco’ and coral beer. My ideal day passes by the Funchal Marina, in a walk through the Avenida do Mar and to the pier, on my way to the Old Town. There’s something about this location, which makes me feel at home. I can’t identify what it is, precisely, but I think it has to do with the emotional connection and stimuli I get when I’m there. As a child, I remember going for walks on Sunday mornings, to the pier, to see the boats floating by (it was preceded by grass races on the Santa Catarina Park). I remember the sound of the waves, pebbles rolling, the black sand beach and the Beatles boat, the benches on the pier and the wind blowing strong when it comes to an end. Already in my days of teenager, the Funchal Marina was the highlight of …

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 …

Flashback 2015

Flashback 2015. Look back and forward. Focus. Shoot, let creativity, intuition and desire get to know you more. Spent this last year in love with the island where I was born, Madeira. The more I discover it , the more I feel there is so much more to see and explore. With my feet firmly on the ground and head (quite a few times) up in the clouds, 2015 was as follows: This beautiful sea of ours. Being in the clouds. The countryside of Madeira. Funchal and its flowers Madeira on a plate. Porto Santo Island. My travels in 2015. Madrid Auvers sur Oise Lisboa Santorini Porto Roma Paris Londres And finally, what was the most memorable trip this year? My trip to Calcutá. A BIG thank you to all who have followed me here. And may the year 2016 bring us all, good things in life. See you all next Year! Dream lots… Note: If you’re thinking about how to celebrate the new year in style. Try this:

Depois da tempestade vem o Sol na Praça do Povo

Hoje fomos conhecer a nova Praça do Povo. Começamos o dia com o pequeno almoço no clássico Apolo, mas hoje algo estava diferente. O Kash, www.Budgettraveller.org, fez este video que partilhamos convosco, se gostarem também podem partilhar. A vista prolongava-se até ao mar, já nao havia muros nem barreiras e as pessoas circulavam em liberdade. Sorrisos e abraços, corridas e contemplação, cores e flores, a cidade namora o mar. Com os pilares em diferentes alturas, a relva, as flores, as árvores, as cores e o mar, adoramos o resultado final. Há movimento, cor, paz e alegria. Fiquei logo a pensar, como as crianças vão adorar ali andar de bicicleta, como será fantástico correr a beira mar, os apaixonados encantar, como ali se pode relaxar, divertir, meditar ou simplesmente caminhar e apreciar a vista linda do Funchal. Foi o que fizemos. Alguém, dizia que no fim do ano havia de chegar as seis da tarde a este farol, esta passagem de ano promete!:) Nunca esqueceremos a tragédia do 20 de Fevereiro de 2010, mas certamente aprenderemos a …