Hilda Andrade

Bom Dia !

My name is Hilda Andrade and I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of a group of these amazing Levadeiros I was born in Toronto, Ontario Canada and my parents and husband are from Sao Miguel, Azores.

Portugal has always had a warm place in my heart! I am a grandmother to 3 boys, ages 15, 7 and 5 with a new addition expected this July. I am also a true supporter of animals and have 1 dog and Cockatiel.

My first visit to Madeira was for New Years Eve, 2015. It was a surprise 10 day trip I booked to celebrate my husbands “Special birthday”. I had watched New Years 2014 celebrations from Madeira on TV. I was amazed seeing the fireworks. It was then I made the decision to come here for this occasion. Growing up, I had always heard of Madeira and its unique warmth and hospitality, but what awaited us truly surprised me. Its raw beauty, freshness, gastronomy and her friendly inhabitants, truly made our holiday so amazing. Our New Years in Madeira is one I will never forget.

I enjoy taking pictures, am an avid cook and simply adore European architecture. Travel is my drug. As retirement is nearing, I am looking forward to returning to Madeira and perhaps spending some winters there. I love the contrast of the weather in Madeira; as it was beautiful and there is so much to see and do to keep one occupied. Madeira truly is an island for all levels of interest.

Madeira hosts amazing and unique festivals that have become world-wide known. I will be tweeting articles, pictures and restaurant recommendations, in hopes that it will inspire more people to travel there.

Welcome and stay a while …. come visit this magical place that even Christopher Columbus so loved! You will not regret this stop in the middle of the Atlantic!

My personal Twitter: @rustysheba