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Fun Facts about Madeira, Portugal
What an ugly day here on Long Island - wet, slushy and windy.
I don't really mind because I don't have much to do. Thankfully, I did laundry yesterday - you may recall, I'm still going to the laundromat lol. Did my food shopping and cleaned the house.
Originally, we had planned to go to Queens, specifically, Astoria to have brunch with my friend Sophia and her daughter Lyla, but we all agreed, it's pretty nasty to be out on the highway and rescheduled. I was disappointed because we haven't gotten together in a while, but we'll see each other soon enough!!
Me and the girls decided to just order in today and since tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day, and it's a day off for all of us, today feels like a Saturday!
Moving along - Tanya had a fab time in Santa Cruz Tenerife, Canary Islands yesterday. If you missed my fun fact list, here is the link for you to read it:
January 19, 2019 - Fun Facts About Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Tanya in Canary Islands - Day 8
As for today, I'm going to jump right into some fun facts about Madeira, Portugal, the place where Tanya is visiting today.
Fun Facts about Madeira, Portugal
That's a wrap folks!!
Enjoy your Sunday!!!
Tanya in Madeira
Howdy, it’s another day and another island. In fact it’s another country all together.
GREETINGS from Funchal, Madeira (Portugal)
Happy Sunday to you and Happy Sunday to me too!
As I’m sure you could imagine, I am amped up and ready to go explore and check things out.
Before I get ready to go and do that I’ll share with you my thoughts on Tenerife (which was yesterday).
I loved Tenerife!
Up until arriving at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, I had been pretty happy with this trip. Coming to the visit the Canary Islands had been on my list for a while. So of course I’ve been stoked to check them out. And as much as I’ve liked them, I just haven’t loved them. That is until yesterday. Tenerife is where it is at!
What a beautiful island with lush mountains all round, a snow capped volcano, lovely beach resorts, you name it, they’e got it!
Starting out in Santa Cruz de Tenerife we hopped aboard our tour bus and off we were headed in the direction of Puerto de la Cruz - the bustling holiday town that first introduced thousands of visitor to the charms of Tenerife The drive was amazing. The scenery breathtaking. It was fabulous.
Once we arrived to Puerto d la Cruz the original resort town, we parted ways with our tour bus and off we went on our own and chose to head straight for the black sand beach. I for one did not know that I would find a black sand beach here, but now I do.
I took my shoes off and stuck my toes into the sand a I watched the surf mesmerizing roll in and roll out. We were in the cove along with a school group of young learning surf students out on their boards. This island is how I had pictured the Canary Islands to look like - and I was not disappointed!
After spending some time strolling along on the beach, it was time to go and see what else this beach resort town had to offer…
It was all quite lovely. All except I hadn’t really liked the shops and I was still in need of getting souvenirs for myself…
If you recall, I had missed the shop that I planned to do shopping at while on Lanzarote. GASP
But lo and behold I found a wonderful store in Puerto de la Cruz. So much more than a typical souvenir shop and with an array of lovely items that were locally made. Score!
*Of course I will be sharing this store with you once I'm stateside.
After a wonderful visit in Puerto de la Cruz, we had decided to wander the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
And lastly we even squeezed in a visit to photograph the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martínthe - the local Calatrava (one of Dave's favorite architects).
Why I like cruising:
This has been a fairly smooth sail on the Norwegian Spirit and I'm no fan of "feeling" the ocean or the swells. I don't get sea-sick or anything like that. But I just get "uncomfortable". So I was asked what is it about cruising do I like...
Well aside from being on a floating resort, I love sampling places that I've never been. I get to see a ton! You can or cannot (depending on your vacation style) really pack in how much you do. Little, medium and bigger bites of each location.
Some just enough, and others that I like to check out even more of.
Yesterday was one of those days. And I have a strong feeling that today will be yet another!!
All the best. Have a great day!