In May I celebrated a milestone birthday on the beautiful island of Madeira. This was my first visit to Madeira and I loved the contrasts between the coasts and the mountains, the lush valleys and the rocky beaches.
We were lucky that it coincided with the annual Flower Festival – an absolutely spectacular event in the capital Funchal. The festival runs over four days and includes a children’s parade, with local children laying flowers to create a Wall of Hope, displays of exotic tropical flowers, flower carpets and exhibitions. On the Sunday there was an explosion of colour and music as dozens of floats travel along the front watched by massive crowds. It was fabulous experience. At the height of the day the sun was intense and it was tough for the adults and children who sang and danced for the few hours the spectacle took to complete. It was very difficult to photograph, there were so many people enjoying the show and the light was really harsh but the images will hopefully give you a flavour of my experience!