There’s something bittersweet about editing holiday photos after you’ve returned home. On the one hand they capture wonderful memories, but on the other they remind us that we’re not there any more. Going away for October half term is a luxury of course, but I really feel the post-holiday blues when I comeback to the long, dark evenings. To make matters worse, my laptop has been a complete pain in the arse today. I’ve come very close to winging it across the garden several times.
For a while now I’ve had problems with WordPress – it keeps logging me out, and often not saving updates I’ve made. I’ve googled it but haven’t managed to find out how to fix it. It often prompts me to log in every few minutes, and the first attempt is always unsuccessful, even though the password is correct. If you’ve had similar issues and found a solution please let me know…it’s driving me crazy!
Anyway, onto the outfit. Exactly a week ago I was exploring the natural beauty of Madeira – from the subterranean wonders to breathtaking views from the mountains. I wanted to be comfortable, but to wear something that reflected the colours of this charming island. This tropical print batwing dress has been a holiday wardrobe staple for a number of years. I think I paid £5 for it after spotting it on a final sale rail in Marks & Spencer. The pay-per-wear must be in the pennies, and it’s still as good as new! It doesn’t crease either 🙂
We started our day out at the São Vicente Caves, which were formed around 890,000 years ago from a volcanic eruption. The lava ran down to the sea, cooling and solidifying the exterior, while the inner liquid and gases continued to flow inside. This formed the lava tubes that make up the caves. They were first explored in 1885 by English naturalist James Yate Johnson and have been open to the public since 1996.
The guided tour through the lava tubes takes approximately 30 minutes. Before entering the caves we watched a ten minute film about how the island was formed. That was followed by a short 3D film which was entertaining, but I can’t actually remember any of the information! I don’t have a science brain!
SHOP THE LOOK
After the caves we stopped off for lunch with a fabulous sea view.
The lizards were having their lunch too!
Lizard sandwich anyone?
Taking a meandering drive across the island we happened upon this spectacular viewing point. It’s much colder up in the mountains than on lower ground – we were above the clouds!
Just as we were about to leave my stepmother suggested this shot; there wasn’t much behind me other than a sheer drop, but luckily I kept my balance despite the wind. The things I do for a good photo!
It was much warmer in the sunshine at Porto Moniz. The natural sea water swimming pools which are made of volcanic rock look very inviting…something to remember for next time!
From the moment I stepped out of the airport I was struck by the beauty of the island. Everywhere you look there are amazing views. The temperature is fairly constant – apparently it very rarely drops below 15c. While we were there the temperature was mostly in the mid 20s, and it only drops by a few degrees overnight. The people are so friendly, it feels safe and food isn’t expensive, which surprised me. I’ve got more about my trip to share with you, and we’ll certainly return before too long. Now that my Dad has an apartment in Funchal I’ve got the perfect excuse!
Outfit details: Marks & Spencer dress (old) | Ribelle sandals (old) | bag from TKMaxx (old) | Emilio Pucci sunglasses
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