Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

A new year and new plans? Or just more of the same old, same old? What's it going to be for you?

I don't make New Year's resolutions, and I definitely don't want to start a new year with a to do list. So, this isn't going to be one of those posts with all sorts of fabulous plans and new ventures. Because I have none. Fabulous plans or new ventures, I mean. Not yet. As far as I'm concerned, I'm still recovering from 2017: it was quite hectic, to say the least. So, instead of mapping out the new year, I decided to just slow down and see what happens.

In the meantime, I'd like to linger on some nice moments of 2017 for a while. More precisely, the last couple of weeks.

If you've been following me on Instagram, you already know that I was in Madeira for almost two weeks, on a much-needed holiday. This wasn't my first visit to the island: in fact, I was there this time last year, too. And the year before that... Clearly, there's a seasonal pattern to my travels.

Funchal

Anyway, Madeira was wonderful, as always. Not too hot: mostly just below 20 °C, which is just perfect, if you ask me.

And of course I have lots of pictures to share and outfits to post, but for now (while I sort out all the photos I have) I want to share just a few snapshots, or impressions, with you. 

I don't really take the typical 'touristy' photos. So, there won't be any photos of landmarks and must-see tourist attractions (that's what travel guides are for). I'd rather give you an idea of what catches my eye when I wander around the beautiful island capital, Funchal, or the spectacular mountains.

I always have to stop by the lighthouse and take a picture (or two, or twelve...). Yes, it looks the same as it did last year, or the year before. And I must have dozens of almost identical pictures from my previous visits. So, this year I tried something a bit different: taking photos during the golden hour, just before sunset...

Madeira lighthouse
Funchal

Madeira is often called the flower island, for a good reason: 

Madeira colours
Funchal

I'm not interested in gardening (for starters, I don't have a garden and can't even keep potted plants alive), but I'm completely fascinated by the variety of flowers and plants in Madeira. And I can't stop taking pictures of them.

And then there are the sunsets... I always find it a bit of a surprise that sunset is so early (just after 6 pm). Of course, on an intellectual level I know that sunset is early, given that Madeira is quite far south. But on  a deeper, less conscious and more emotional level I always associate warm weather with summer, and summer (for a Finn) means white nights. This is why the sudden and complete darkness after a warm day fascinates me...

Madeira sunset
Funchal by night

How has 2018 treated you so far?

Tiina

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    1. Happy New Year to you, too, Nancy!

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  2. Wow, what a beautiful place. I've never even heard of it. You're such a jet-setter. :) Happy New Year.

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    1. Thanks, and Happy New Year! Madeira is a wonderful place, and even though it's a tiny island (almost) in the middle of the Atlantic, it's in the European Union (because it belongs to Portugal). This makes it easy to visit for us Europeans (no visas needed).

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