April is the time to be in Madeira, when the jacaranda and flame trees are in bloom and Funchal’s main street is canopied in purple blossoms. I first strolled under Funchal’s jacarandas on a cruise stop. That one day on the volcanic island that rises almost straight out of the Atlantic 559 miles off the coast of Portugal was a long time ago, but the memory of Madeira’s flowers never faded. So when SATA airlines began flying there from Boston, I headed back.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
It’s easy to see why the French Concession has become the hub of Shanghai’s finest food and entertainment. The faded grandeur of the leafy streets — chock full of hip boutiques, restaurants and bars — makes it one of the most charming areas in the city to spend a day.