Madeira is the pinnacle of relaxation and with its laid back pace of life along with the scent of a fresh aroma in the air from the islands many flower species, there really is no other island that compares for me.
We have been a handful of times and only once without our Daughter. On that particular visit we took a tour invitation to the church of Nossa Senhora Do Monte. (Lady of our mountain). Access is granted by climbing steep slopes and steps so this is by no means a place to visit for the less abled. But something touched me about this particular church and i felt at peace there. You are able to visit even when a service is in action and it was amazing to see the locals praying and their way of life. So friendly and welcoming. I paid my respect also by stopping for a prayer and making a small donation. There is also a small shop where you can purchase rosary beads to take away with you. That evening back on our cruise ship our Daughter was conceived! So for future visits to Madeira our baby would be joining us. Overtime i took her back to this particular church including on our last visit 4 months ago where we lit some candles together and bought more rosary beads to pray with.