Sights of Madeira: the Bride’s Veil

It is a very interesting and yet, a quite obvious metaphor, to name a waterfall. I had never thought that a waterfall could resemble the veil of a bride, but someone did, particularly for this one. The above photograph shows the waterfall from the official viewing point, but from Seixal beach, you also have a … Continue reading Sights of Madeira: the Bride’s Veil

Sights of Madeira: finding the unexpected nordic forest

Sometimes you find the unexpected. I would never dream that in a place where the weather is often considered tropical, so much that all kind of exotic flowers and fruits grow (there are bananas growing everywhere) I would find the kind of forest that, in my head, could only exist in the most northern part … Continue reading Sights of Madeira: finding the unexpected nordic forest

Sights of Madeira: the Nuns’ Valley

View of the Village from Eira do Serrado Viewpoint In Madeira there is a place called “Curral das Freiras”, known in English as the Nuns’ Valley. It is a village located, as the name says, in a valley, that is actual a very old crater of a volcano. Nested in what seems like a big … Continue reading Sights of Madeira: the Nuns’ Valley

Sights of Madeira: the rocky beaches

View from Cabo do Girão Where I come from beaches are made of ocean and yellow sand. Sometimes thinner, sometimes thicker. But mostly sand. For years I couldn’t imagine any other kind of beach, of course, before moving to the UK. It is when you travel that you start to understand how small your own … Continue reading Sights of Madeira: the rocky beaches

Sights of Madeira: the first day in the pearl of the Atlantic

Up there, above the clouds, it was sunny. But after passing through the clouds, drops of water were decorating the tiny airplane windows. Crap, I thought. Can't believe it's rainy. Switched my mobile data on. Oh, it seems like it's going to be raining 70% of the time we're spending on this island. Oh, great. … Continue reading Sights of Madeira: the first day in the pearl of the Atlantic

Sights of Portugal: the old buildings of Porto

"It's a strange feeling. The feeling that I'm stuck, simply because I haven't been travelling. My mum doesn't understand, but even yesterday, over dinner, I told my husband how anxious I am to get out of here. When I'm this long in the same place, it's almost like I can't even have opinions anymore" These … Continue reading Sights of Portugal: the old buildings of Porto

Sights of Portugal: exploring the villages of Gerês

How many of you are out there feeling unhappy, depressed, anxious and, on top of that, feeling so guilty for feeling so sad? After all aren’t we supposed to be grateful for what we have? Yes, we are. But if as humans we always just felt grateful for what we had, then we wouldn’t be … Continue reading Sights of Portugal: exploring the villages of Gerês

Sights of Portugal: exploring the National Park of Gerês

There is something that's a lot bigger than any of our lives, or any pandemic - Nature. It doesn't matter how many of us are born and die, how we live, how we thing, what makes us laugh or cry. It doesn't matter the wars we create, the peace treaties we eventually sign. The borders … Continue reading Sights of Portugal: exploring the National Park of Gerês