I had never travelled abroad without the children before last month and the thought of doing so until recently had never even crossed my mind. I love family holidays and the laughs and smiles from the Mini Mes playing in the sand is something that makes my heart melt time and time again. 7 full days without them was something I couldn't imagine but as their dad agreed to have them the Mr and I were able to jet off for a relaxing trip away together, just as a couple, for the very first time.
Being all inclusive we indulged in both food and drink (lots of cocktails and desserts were consumed) and everything was beautifully presented, so fresh and vibrant for each meal. We were able to sit where we liked for breakfast and lunch, including on the terrace with amazing views of the dolphin filled sea and palm trees. I liked that we had a specific table for dinner where their dress code was
formal however as it was a nice opportunity to dress up a little and get friendly with others at the resort.
Our 'table neighbours' recommended visiting Funchal, although we had already planned on doing so, and we ended up going several times for various attractions including the cable car, Presidential Palace Garden and Monte Palace Tropical Garden. What I didn't expect however was the beautiful street art, some of which I captured on camera.
Walking along the little cobbled streets there was a real sense of community and we took several relaxing strolls in the sunshine. There were little market stalls selling homemade jewellery and soaps, small shops for souvenirs and plenty of restauants to indulge.
We had a magical and unforgettable holiday but I was very happy to return to my little duo, who were probably more excited to see what gifts I had for them than to embrace me!
I missed them dearly and I'm now looking at booking our next break to Mexico... as a family.
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