Having been to Madeira many times, I decided that as a retirement treat I would take a longer holiday in Madeira. I have already written reviews, but this post is about the things that don't fit easily into the reviews. I spent three and a half weeks on my own and my husband joined me for the last two weeks.
The trip started on Friday 20th Sept on the 7.15 train from Glasgow Central straight to Manchester airport. It arrived in plenty of time to catch the Jet2 flight to Funchal. During the entire holiday I loved the same things I always love about Madeira; the climate, the scenery, the feeling of relaxation and the genuine warmth of the people. I'd just like to add a few extra things I really loved this time; I'd never been in Sept/ early Oct, and I will definitely be back at this time of the year. I saw some fabulous sunrises and sunsets. I loved the fresh smell after the rain. I loved watching the almost daily changes in the allotments on Estrada Monumental and I hope they become a permanent feature. I loved Funchal downtown on a Sunday morning, quiet, peaceful and great for photo opportunities. The gift shop where I found lots of old postcards was a real treat. I met some wonderful people, both Madeiran and tourists who helped make the holiday the memorable one it was. Many of the other things I really enjoyed are in the reviews section.
Apart from trips to Santa Cruz I spent my time in Funchal, more especially the Lido area. When I went into town, the seafront works are still ongoing. I found them quieter than previously, but, still dusty.
Inevitably, there had to be problems, and the major one was the sudden and unexpected 'death' of my IPad half way through the second week. This virtually cut off any means of communication with the outside world. Thanks to Claudia from the hotel reception, a nice man from a car rental office and a little shop in the backstreets of Funchal the problem was diagnosed as a dead battery, one was sent from the mainland(possibly by banana boat) and IPad was restored for a very reasonable price.
On 28th October Madeira airport was the busiest I have ever seen it and I now know what it meant by chaos. I think it was probably caused by the bad weather that day in Northern Europe. For anyone travelling soon the large cafe on the top floor is closed for work to be done. It has been replaced by a much smaller one at the other side of the stairs.
The return train journey seemed much more tedious than the way down and for that reason I'm not sure that I'd travel this route again.
I'm sure I've forgotten lots but these are the things that I will remember for ever.
I came home really relaxed.
Would I do it again? Absolutely, in an instant!!!Edited: 07 November 2013, 10:42