The mother-in-law has been asking where to holiday. I thought a single fare but I’m not that brave. And then changed my advice to Madeira.
The Bamba (the kids couldn’t say Grandma) has something of the green fingers about her.
So she’d love lush Madeira.
Madeira’s flora and fauna benefit from the volcanic ash on the island.
And the capital Funchal’s Botanic Gardens are renowned.
Its cake – no, it’s not the Madeira sponge cake as we know it.
It was given that name after Madeira wine which 18th Century British and Irish middle classes would drink with their cake.
Their cake is called bolo de mel and is dark, spicy, honey cake.
Madeira’s favourite son would eat himself and his fellow islanders have honoured him with his own statue, the world’s worst.
You’ll arrive into Madeira International Airport Cristiano Ronaldo with TAP Air Portugal via Lisbon.
From €220 return via Lisbon. They offer a five-night optional stopover in Lisbon with no extra charge. Visit www.flytap.com.
Something for the weekend
The weekends are when we usually book flights… now that’s not scientific. Just a hunch.
So use this weekend wisely and check out Aer Lingus’s 20% off flights to Europe. The offer ends at midnight on Monday. Visit www.ryanair.com.
Car for hire
I don’t do much for myself and let the coach driver take me where I want. Far better though if you take it in your own hands.
Hire a car and you can make your own time and have freedom to see the place you want, at the time you want. And not have to bother about itineraries.
Ryanair is offering up to 50% off car hire for the autumn. Visit www.ryanair.com.
Not all car journeys though end well. Look at what happened to me when I got behind the wheel of a classic Fiat 500 in Cannes. https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-boat-dazur/