Hello, I'm Maggie, friend from Devon.
I have been staying with Orlaith this past week. From the highs of the mountains - up in the cable car to Monte, also to Santana - to the lows of the sea we have fit it all in this week.
After yesterday's epic walk from Funchal out to the hotel district and then up, up, and up more steps on to the city Levada walk, my legs feel pretty tight today.
In honour of my visit it seems, they put on the grand carnival parade in Funchal on Saturday night and that certainly was a sight to behold.