Three things to do in Madeira, when you’re a toddler
2) At the top of the mountain, watch the people sledging, take a brief look at the gardens, but most enjoy happily running up and down the steps, over and over again
3) Be so exhausted (see 2) that you fall asleep at just the right moment, so your parents can have a blissfully peaceful beer overlooking the beautiful harbour
I realised I’ve written all about things we did on the ship on our cruise (read my tips for children and parents), but not a lot about when we got off it. We stopped in Spain and the Canary Islands, and out of all the places Madeira was definitely our favourite. It was incredibly pretty, with lots of unexpected buildings, and seemed fresh and clean and just really lovely (top Madeira fact – apart from cake and wine, the most famous export is Cristian Ronaldo).
Did you go travelling when you were younger, or even when you were older? I had took a pretty indulgent two gap years in total and went to India and Asia with friends, and then went on a round-the-world trip by myself post-uni. Alex and I were in our late 20’s when we got together so our holidays were less of the grotty backpacker hostels and more long-haul and nice hotel affairs. My lovely friend Nina is writing a blog of her travels on her way back from Australia and it’s really making me want to get my rucksack out of storage. Although I can’t imagine doing it with very young children so we might have to wait a long time now.
Last holiday-related post, I promise! It’s all Autumnal mud and misery from here on in (kind of).