I’ve been back from Madeira almost two weeks now and I’m already missing it.

It was my fifth time there, as Michael has family on the island but I think I was starting to take it for granted;  however this time round I explored it with new eyes and fell in love all over again. I’ll do an in-depth guide soon but for now, I want to share my lovely afternoon at the Reid’s Palace for afternoon tea.

Michael had been paragliding in the early afternoon and after getting a little sunburnt watching him, we headed across the island to Funchal. I’d spotted Reid’s Palace before as it’s a beautiful pink building and seeing as I love an afternoon tea, it was the perfect opportunity to visit.

Reid’s Palace is so unlike most of the other hotels on the island, it has quite a British feel so it, which I actually love, especially as it’s very much a luxury hotel. Back to the afternoon tea. Although I love afternoon tea, this was actually Michael’s first and it was a spectacular first. Afternoon tea is served on the most beautiful terrace, with an amazing sea view- unlike any other afternoon tea I have ever experienced. The tea list was extensive – which was convenient as Michael hates tea- I’ll admit he added a stupid amount of sugar but actually enjoyed the tea (or at least the sugar.)

The standard afternoon tea comes with (as you would expect) delicious sandwiches, scones and cakes, all sourced locally. It was the perfect amount of luxury: a good classic afternoon tea, in a beautiful location but nothing too showy.

The waiters were all very friendly and we may have taken them up on their offer to refill a few of the sandwiches and scones – they were just that good!
Probably one of my favourite afternoon teas ever; the setting really made it a wonderful experience.
After an hour of enjoying the view and the delicious food, we were lucky enough to be given a tour of the hotel. My favourite part was the hall which housed all the photos and history of the hotel – I didn’t photograph it but it you ever visit, I would highly recommend spending half-an-hour exploring. It was amazing to see all the iconic figures that have stayed at the hotel over the years and how the hotel has developed- the hotel is 125 years old and with the incredible history to prove it.

We explored the suites, inspired by both England and Portugal, the outdoor area, the spa and the sea area, where visitors use to dock when visiting the hotel when it first opened. If you’re ever in Madeira I can’t recommend Reid’s Palace enough; I haven’t stayed the night but I would imagine it’s a dream. If it’s a little out of your price range then I would recommend at least popping in for afternoon tea. It’s pretty affordable, especially compared to London prices.

I’ll be back soon for another serving of tea.

ps. If you are visiting in the summer months, remember men have to wear long trousers for the afternoon tea, Michael went wearing smart shorts and had to return to the car where he luckily had a pair of trousers or the hotel would have had to lend him a pair.

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I always joke that I am the least travelled person ever (it’s not really a joke), I am 24 years of age and I have never left Europe. It’s never really bothered me, we use to go to Portugal for the month of August every year (and still do), visit family in France regularly and I’d been to Spain as were a 30min drive from the border in Portugal (plus it’s one of our nearest beaches). In the last two years I’ve also managed to add Beligum to the list as I’ve been there twice for work but that’s it. I’ve been to four countries in my 24 years, five if we include England.

I’ve decided it’s probably time I start traveling a little bit more, I feel if I want to travel I should probably do it now before I attempt to buy a house (who know when that will- have you seen London house prices?!) or even start thinking about having kids (this won’t be too soon either). This doesn’t mean I will be booking a 5 week backpacking trip across Asia and I can’t even promise I’ll make it out of Europe this year but I feel that with Europe City breaks being so cheap I really have no excuse! (well Mike’s a teacher and half term prices are cray!)

I have so far booked Berlin and Amsterdam for this month plus Rome at the start of April. There will be no change in my regular month in Portugal although I have seen that we can get from our house (in Portugal) to Madrid in a four hour drive so I am considering squeezing that in too.

I’ll be taking you all with me on my holidays through my blog, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat (alittleobsessed) and Twitter so make sure you follow me. I have lots of post ideas from city guides to how to book an inexpensive holiday and any luxury hotels I may stay at, which I really hope you will all enjoy. I’m also working on a few London guides for any of you looking to come to London.

In the comments I would really love recommendations on countries I should visit and what I should do in Berlin, Amsterdam and Rome. I’d also love to hear about your favourite holiday and also what you have coming up. Let me know what sort of posts you would like too, I’m really looking forward to sharing a different part of my life on here.

PS. I went through my holiday photos from last year to find the images for this post and I miss my tan and the sun so much I could cry.

Please hurry back summer.

It feels like a life time ago already but it was only last month that I was in Madeira. If you don’t know too much about Madeira it’s an island which is part of Portugal, but actually more off the coast of Morocco than of Portugal. I’ve been there a few times as my boyfriend’s family are originally from there and since his parents have a house there it’s a nice place for an easy and fairly affordable holiday. Although the tourists there are usually a fair bit older it’s actually a beautiful island and we always have a great time; consume far too much food and usually have some fabulous weather too.

I’ve done most of the touristy things in the past but there were a few things we never got round to ticking of the list. We went up to visit Pico Do Arieiro which involves is a bit of a scary but enjoyable (and safe) drive. It’s Madeira’s third highest peak which leaves you above the clouds and is potentially my favourite place in Madeira!

Another place I discovered this year was Santa Catarina Park, a fairly small but truly beautiful and free to visit park. We ended up here after visiting the CR7 museum (not my cup of tea), it was a really warm day but the perfect place to relax and have a leisurely stroll.

We also stayed a few days at the Porto Mare hotel and I’m so glad we did! The room we had was amazing: large sitting room, a good size kitchen, a perfect bathroom, balcony and a huge comfy bed. We spend the whole day by the pool, drinking cocktails, relaxing on our pool floats and playing games. We made the most out of the pool loungers and inside pool, although we didn’t get round to trying the outdoor hot tub.

For dinner we went to Kyoto Da Ilha which we were recommended to by some of Mike’s family. They serve some of the best sushi I’ve ever had, in a beautiful location too. It’s a little expensive compared to other restaurants out there but pretty cheap for sushi. I think this has joined O Lagar with being my favourite restaurant in Madeira.

The following day, after a great nights sleep at Porto Mare, we had a great breakfast outside in the hotel’s gardens where we had choice from a huge breakfast spread and then went on to enjoy the pool some more. We had such a lovely stay that I hope to be able to book there again for the next time we go.

Boy did this post give me the holiday blues but check out my YouTube channel where I’ll be sharing my Madeira vlog once it’s been edited.

If you’re a long time reader of ALO then you will be use to this post. Every summer I am lucky enough to escape London for the month of August and head to Portugal and I am happy to report that this year is no different.

Today I will be leaving for Madeira for a week with my Boyfriend and will then be joining my family in the middle of no where, somewhere in Northern Portugal and I couldn’t be more excited! I have scheduled post for whilst I am away but naturally they may be a little slower than usual (I am aiming for five a week)

If you want to keep updated with my holiday then head over to my Instagram and Snapchat as I shall be updating daily (once I’m set up with my internet) and I will be uploading videos to my YouTube channel too! Also check out the vlog I recently uploaded from last years holiday below.

If anyone happens to have any recommendation on what to do/where to eat in Madeira then please leave them below, I’ve been a few times before but I’m looking for a few new places.

See you soon, from sunny Portugal….

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I don’t often do these Instagram posts but since I was away last month and shared a few holiday photos and outfits via Instagram I thought I would share them on my blog too.

 1. Lemons I’d picked straight from the tree.
2. The weather wasn’t great so carrying a plaid shirt was an essential; I love this one from Monki
3. An evening out outfit. Top-Zara, Cardigan- New Look, Handbag- Fiorelli
4. Dress- Primark and Fiorelli Handbag
5. I haven’t read a book in years but I really enjoyed #girlboss and would recommend it.
6. Summer Nail polish loves.
7. Dinner outfit
8. Stylist pick Jumpsuit

1. Petals confetti and the wedding
2. Cocktails (well, Mocktails)
3. Beautiful Print from Arte Limited
4. Simple evening outfit
5. Spending time on the beach. Handbag- Zara and Sandals- Stylist Pick
6. Playsuit- Fall in Love Fashion
7. Found an abandoned Train Station for a few photos
8. … and back to London and jeans

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