Madeira “The Pearl of the Atlantic”

Madeira and Porto Santo

Right in the middle of the Atlantic, the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are a heaven of natural beauty. The exotic colours of the flowers stand out from among the blue sea and the emerald green vegetation; this is an archipelago where two-thirds are a protected area and where the largest Laurisilva forest in the world is located.

 

 

Madeira island - Portugal

Funchal, Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar, Calheta, Porto Moniz, São Vicente, Santana, Machico, Santa Cruz! Are you ready to see the island?! Let’s start the tour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Flower Festival takes place in Funchal from the 4th to the 21st of May 2017

Sports, events and all about Madeira!

The Levadas of Madeira

One of the best-known “Levadas” starts at Ribeiro Frio. A “Levada” is an irrigation channel or aqueduct specific to the Portuguese island of Madeira. The “Levada das 25 Fontes” leads from Rabaçal to the foot of the cliff with several springs cascades into it but there are many walking trails along the maintenance path. Madeira and Porto Santo are also well known for water sports and paragliding.

 

 

 

 

Some out of many interesting touristic places are: Monte, Curral das Freiras, Pico do Areeiro, Cabo Girão, Ribeira Brava, Paul da Serra, Sta. Maria Madalena, Camacha…The Archipelago of Madeira consists in the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, Desertas and Selvagens.

Porto Moniz, Madeiran Island is one of my favourite places.
Porto Moniz, Madeiran Island is one of my favourite places.

Having been colonized on behalf of the Infante D. Henrique, it was harbour of departure for Christopher Columbus (Cristóvão Colombo) on his discovery of the “New World”. Its rare and natural beauty has volcanic origins. Its several mountains can reach heights up to 1.850 m. Also due to its climate, it is a place suitable for the growing of fruits and flowers, some of them being very famous because of its quality. In conclusion, Madeira and Porto Santo are fantastic places to relax, far away from the city stress. Don’t miss “Câmara de Lobos” where Cristiano Ronaldo grew up which is a small and very particular village with great “tascas” and enjoy the best “Poncha” cocktail in Madeira.

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Cabo Girão – as good as in China

Portugal ranks as one of the best destination worldwide and Madeira Archipelago worths a week minimum. To get there I recommend TAP Airways and Easyjet. Transavia also does Madeira. To Porto Santo island go by ferry with Lobo Marinho or by plane from Funchal or directly from Lisbon and Porto. When to go? Every single day of the year seems to be a good time, however, there is no ferry in January. Where to stay? Funchal has more than 1000 hotels from Luxury like Reid’s and The Cliff Bay to hostels. I lived in both islands and as a tourist, I recommend them both.

Please, leave a comment if you need any further information contact me.

 

 

 

 

 

Ready to experience the Funchal? Discover Booking bets destinations and get 15 Euro discount.

We are waiting for your visit! Iberia is now operating with straight flights from Funchal!!! Happy travels to the Golden Island of Porto Santo.

An option to the ferry "Lobo Marinho"  may you wish.
An option to the ferry “Lobo Marinho” may you wish.

 

 

 

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The best Event on Earth – Carnival Rio!

Will you be at the Rio Carnival 2019?

 

 

 

 

Rio Carnival is Samba

Street Parties, Samba Parades, and Flashy Carnival Balls

The Africans have subsequently influenced the Carnival with the introduction of samba music in 1917. Samba is now considered as traditional Brazilian music, and you can experience its rhythm at the Rio Carnival 2018.

Almost all the music played during Rio Carnival is samba. It is a uniquely Brazilian music originating from Rio, a dance form that was invented by the poor Afro-Brazilians.

Dates for Rio Carnival 2018

Friday, February 9th, 2018         Schools under Access or Gold Group perform – Day 1

Saturday, February 10th, 2018    Schools under Access or Gold Group perform – Day 2

Sunday, February 11th, 2018       Samba Schools of Special Group Competition – Day 1

Monday, February 12th, 2018     Samba Schools of Special Group Competition – Day 2

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018     Children’s Parade Commences

Saturday, March 14th, 2018         Champions of Special Group Parade at Sambódromo

Insight into Carnival history

The word Carnival originates from the Portuguese ‘Carne Vale’, interpreted as ‘Farewell to meat’.

The phrase refers to the Carnival as being the ultimate celebration before a period of abstinence from alcohol, meat and pleasure begin. This period lasts up to the Easter holiday, the date when Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

Here, you can book and get a download a free guide with all about 2018 Rio Carnival events, venues, Rio Carnival’s history, 2018 Rio Carnival tickets, costumes for the 2017 Samba Parade and “Sambódromo” information, accomplished with insiders’ recommendations.

 

 

 

 

Well-known Top attractions in Rio

Cristo Redentor in Corcovado Mountain, the funicular to Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour), Ipanema and Copacabana beach. Enjoy the amazing Copacabana Palace Hotel. Drink some “água de coco“.

Let National Geographic’s City Destination map of Rio de Janeiro guide you as you explore this fascinating city, known for its stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, and unique Carnival.

 

 

 

 

 

Maracana Stadium

Jardim Botanico

Go extreme! Parasailing & Paragliding in Rio de Janeiro! 

See also TripAdvisor, the Brazilian most reliable Website with reviews from travellers.

Take some time off in Búzios  and or Angra dos Reis – RJ

Ready to experience the Rio? Book now the Belmond Copacabana Palace

 

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Azores: Journey of a Lifetime

The Azores – A Marine Paradise

A compact archipelago of tiny islands where the sperm whale and dolphin watching are pointed as the highlights.

 

 

 

 

Marine sightseeings in the Azores

Lucky you if apart from whales and dolphins incidentally watch the superfast marlins, turtles, swordfish, sharks, and seabirds. The boat tours companies cannot guarantee but take the chance and go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Azores an Eco-tourism Secret Resort

Ecotourism, top gastronomy, whales and bird watching, trials & boat tours. Biking and hiking, water sports. An endless adventure. Welcome back to Portugal.

We bring good news. From December 2016 on, Ryanair has started flying to this destination with offers at the price of 19.99. This time Lages at Ilha Terceira and Lisbon (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) and to Porto (Tuesdays and Saturdays). We glad to count 1.000.000 Tourism visit last year. Fortunately and with so much to offer the Azores is finally competing with wonderful Madeira. For fans of sports, both islands have amazing international events all year round. Because we care about communities and don’t want to leave tourism behind we say “CHEERS AZORES”.

We remain to make efforts and hoping to see Ryanair, Easyjet or Transavia flying direct from Lisbon or Porto to ‘The Golden Island’. It’s already time to take the best of Portugal by offering this amazing ECO destination all year round.

The island archipelago of the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is a natural unique on our planet. The incredible beauty of the volcanic islands Pico and Faial, colorful flowers and a breathtaking impressive wildlife form a real paradise. The worlds most famous whale watching area contains 27 species of dolphins and whales.

 

Gorreana is the only tea plantation in Europe.
Gorreana is the only European tea plantation.

Gorreana, the only tea plantation in Europe – Azores and hotels available may be booked here.

National Geographic Holand and Belgium have voted the Azores the most beautiful destination in the world. Have a look at http://www.visitazores.com

Azores UNESCO World Heritage Site
Azores UNESCO World Heritage Site

Terceira Island
Angra do Heroismo, in the central area, Terceira Island is listed at the property which belongs to Unesco World Heritage. If you plan a visit, please see Ferry lines

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Azores: Eco-tourism best destination

Flores Island

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Top attraction:
Portuguese dish “Cozido das Furnas” being prepared.

The top attraction, the typical dish “Cozido das Furnas” being prepared.

Pico Island - Azores
Pico island

Pico Island

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Azores
Azores

Yes, this is for real:

São Miguel —-Azores.

Azores for nature lovers. Voted by National Geographic has best destination worldwide.
Eco-tourism, gastronomy, ferry boat tours and hiking up the volcano . As you can see I did it myself!
Take the best of life, travel to Azores !!! If you ready to book,click here
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Tea Culture Worldwide – Europeans whom have made tea history

Through the most important tea destinations

“Tea is an amazing drink. It has started wars, formed the economic backbone of several countries, is drunk on every continent and is now being hailed as a drink that can even extend life itself. Whatever it is, for me it is one of life’s essentials”.

Giles Hilton – Master of tea

Europeans that have made the tea's history
Sir Thomas Lipton (1850-1931)
Sir Thomas Lipton (1850-1931)

Sir Thomas Lipton (1850-1931)

Madame de la Sabliere in 18th century the suspected custom of taking tea with milk is attributed to her.
Madame de la Sabliere in the 18th century the suspected custom of taking tea with milk is attributed to her.
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Madame de la Sabliere in 18th century, 
the suspected custom of taking tea with milk is attributed to her.

Visit Whittard of Chelsea and the Twinings store at the Strand, London.

Short distance walking from Trafalgar Square. A must for tea lovers!

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Twinning’s shop in London. Love it!
The tea influencer in England by the Portuguese Catarina de Bragança.
The tea influence in England by the Portuguese Catarina de Bragança.

The tea influence in England by the Portuguese Catarina de Bragança.

Infuse…help yourself with a cup of tea…Gorreana, the only tea plantation in Europe! Gorreana, in São Miguel, at the amazing Archipelago of Azores. Masala Chai Tea in India, all sorts of tea in China, from white to blue.The traditional Moroccan Mint Tea.Black tea with milk in the UK.The Japanese ceremony and its culture. The historical sights in China, the tea tours in the U.S.

10 Tea Traditions Worldwide and Tea Consumption!

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The little Book of Tea

Flammarion presents its series of informative, richly illustrated guides, covering lifestyle and cultural topics. Find out everything you want to know about your favorite subject in one handy volume:

Tea

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Where are we?! Sweden?…

Sweden: Inventing tomorrow's world

#dynamite #nobel #innovation #eu#visit#abba#national#vasa#museums

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Did you guess?!

 

Did you already guess?!

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Stockholm our way!

If you plan a visit to Stockholm either on business or holiday carry on reading. We will provide you with many contacts and top attractions. The best tip we can give is “get the city card”. Take advantage by visiting the Tourist Information at http://www.gallerian.se Be ready for adventure, Stockholm has a lot to offer. Rent your SEGWAY, let the locals guide you within private TOURS by foot and by bike. Book at http://www.stockolmourway.com Top: visit GAMLA STAN and do the Ghost Walk. Have a look at http://www.citywalkz.se Classic Boat tours can be booked online at http://www.stockolminfo.se or onboard, Nybrokajen! And at last but not the least for ” today in Stockholm ” a must: get many tastes of Sweden.

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A big hello from the Swedish Institute

Let’s visit Stockholm, shall we?

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Swedish Innovations: Skype and Spotify, Swedish Brain Power, Formation Flying in Space, From Oxygen to Dynamite, Metro – a Swedish Idea that changed the world

 

Fire and ice and all things nice… Discover Iceland!

Iceland, a country of extreme contrasts

Iceland is a country of extreme contrasts. Widely known as “The Land of Fire and Ice”, it is home to both some of the largest glaciers in Europe, and some of the most active volcanoes in the world. Iceland is also the land of light and darkness, where long summer days with near 24-hours of sunlight are offset by short winter days.

Go to Gourmet Heaven: the Pearl is one of Reykyavik’s most striking buildings, a futuristic structure made of glass and steel.

Jump in a superjeep at http://www.superjeep.is

Look up the lights:with friendly local guides and everyone gets cups of warming hot chocolate, their photo taken under the lights, and a look at the stars through a telescope.

The Blue Lagoon is an oasis relaxation and probably the most famous touristic attraction.

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1st out of 162 countries in the Global Peace Index

Iceland was the most peaceful country in the world for the fourth year running in 2015. The index looks at things like violent conflict, violent crime rates, freedom of the press, willing-ness to participate in wars, and political corruption.

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Iceland means an ideal geographic location

Close proximity to everything.

Iceland is located midway between Europe and North America. Keflavík Airport near Reykja-vik is Iceland’s principal international airport. There are more than 140 daily departures from Iceland during summer and more than 80 daily departures during winter going all over the world.

Flight duration is 2.5-5 hours to Europe and 5-6 hours to the United States (East Coast) and Canada.

 

Daily Life in Mediaval ICELAND

 

Medieval Iceland was a rural, farming society; there were no villages or towns though temporary, seasonal settlements grew up at trading sites and fishing posts.

If you want to have amazing fun by reading Iceland’s history you may be surprised.

Visit http://www.visiticeland.com/discoverIceland

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Wool Factory

 

Events and tours in Iceland

1 Winter Lights Festival 2 – 5 February 2017

http://www.visitreykjavik.is/reykjavik-winter-lights-festival

Reykyavik International Film Festival 28.09.2017/09.10.2017

https://www.everfest.com/iceland (events in Iceland)

4 Scenic food tour in iceland

http://icelandictimes.com/eat-in-iceland-scenic-food-tours-in-iceland/

Imagine Peace Tower lit in Viðey

6 Secret Solstic Iceland 2017

16-18 June 2017,  Reykjavík, Iceland

https://www.festicket.com/festival/secret-solstice-2017/

 

 

 

https://www.festicket.com/festival/secret-solstice-2017/

 

The official site is full of Great content! Have a look at http://www.iceland.is/

The best way to experience Switzerland!

Swiss Travel Pass – Switzerland by train, bus and boat!

Benefit from an amazing discount of CHF 50 off any 1st class Swiss Travel Pass (valid until 15 October 2016).

Find out detailed information at http://www.SwissTravelPass.com Take the best of life, travel to Switzerland!!

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