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Pending List3 | #98 of 101 | Visit Europe With My Kids | Lisbon Portugal

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

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Little iPod video above about Portugal… that I made last year… since I wanted to take them but my ex derailed those plans… so now it’s back on.

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This Summer… I was to fly there with Noah in Aug and that got derailed by the ex.  That might be it’s own blog post.  Bottom line is she agreed to let them both go in Nov so I moved the remaining vacation days to Nov to fly and take them both to Lisbon and most likely Spain.

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view of Portofino - beautiful town of Ligurian coast, Italy

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The “Don’t Tell Mom Summer Series” is taking the show on the road this November.

Portugal juts out into the Atlantic in the far southwest of Europe otherwise known as the Iberian Peninsula. The only country it shares a border with it’s buddy Spain to the north and the east, with the Atlantic Ocean hugging its 800km coastline to the south and west.

European Portuguese is spoken in Portugal.  Population: 10.6 million.

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This year… I want to take advantage of my flight benefits at work.  If I price out a trip to Lisbon it would cost around $3,000 return for the 2 of us.  With my benefits at work, the two of us can fly at cost.  We need to take the “show” on the road and explore something that is new to all of us.

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We would get to fly on our planes From Toronto to Germany and a little smaller flight over to Lisbon.   On the way back… we might take a train up the coast to Porto, Portugal and fly out of that city after exploring it.  The train up the coast will take about 3 hours.

Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) is located 7km (4 miles) north from Lisbon city centre, close to the Parque das Nações district.  It take about 15 minutes to get by taxi into Lisbon from the airport.

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One of the trendiest capital cities in Europe, it gets lauded for everything from its affordability and its waterfront location to its well-preserved looks and its near-constant pleasant temperatures.  Sunshine and scenery aren’t all it offers, of course – you’ll also find several millennia of history, a compact centre well suited for us to explore the streets. Unfurled across a series of hills and stitched together by a web of atmospheric backstreets.

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With AirBnb we can find a great place to stay for the week that is right in the city.

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We could rent a car and head up the coast to Algarve show below to explore the coastline.

Quiet cove at Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal

Quiet cove at Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal

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I know the kids want to hit the beaches and play in the ocean.

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Beautiful beach of Setubal in Portugal

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I asked Chantal if she thinks she could eat the food in Lisbon.  She asked me if they have McDonalds.  I told her I would check.  She thinks if they can have one in China then they will have one in Lisbon.

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There is a couple.  But I think this will be a good trip for her to try new foods since there is some good places that serve more of a North American menu.  I hope we are not going to McDonalds every day.

Practice Chantal!!!  Practice eating other foods!  😉

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I’m sure if we walk around we can find some places to eat at.  We can also cook a little in our flat also.   Lisbon has some great points of interest to visit like Museums, one of the largest indoor Aquarium in Europe, Belem Tower, Sao Jorge Castle and Castle of the Moors which is about 30 min’s away and worth a day trip and it’s shown in the two pictures below:

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Another stop on that day trip would be Pena Palace that is close by to the Castle.  The Palace is shown below:

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Another attraction in the Sintra district – and another that’s been named one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal – this Romanticist palace is a jaw-dropping attraction sat high on a hilltop.

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In Progress – List3 | 1 of 101 | Knock My Movie List Down to 300 Titles | Flicks w/ Chips + Dips

Monday, March 20th, 2017

As of August 20th, 2016 my watch list is 444 movies. 

As of March 22th, 2017 my watch list is 418 movies.

This is the first task in my 101 Things To Do In A 1001 Days which I have over two years left to complete to get my list down to 300 titles.  I will do this one.  My goal is a movie every 2-3 days.  My list grows as I add titles and sometimes I take a couple away if I’ve gone completely cold on a title and would never click to watch it online.

Just wanted to have a spot where I could list some of the movies that I want to see. I like to ask people for some recommendations and I stick them in Evernote to keep track of. I will have to set it up better and bring some to the top and focus on those first. I’m sure there is 400 movies not listed. Life is long… I’ll try to list a sentence or two after I see them…

Here is a list that will grow of some of the movies that I want to watch.

To see my FULL WATCHLIST on IDMb, you can visit it here.

The movies I have watched since being separated are listed below in this blog post…

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Tobermory | The Bruce Peninsula | #99 of 101 | Hike the Bruce Trail w/ the kids

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

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Tobermory, Ontario

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Stormhaven and High Dump are the two backcountry camping areas in Bruce Peninsula National Park. Located along the Bruce Trail on the scenic Georgian Bay shoreline, they offer a tranquil camping experience in a beautiful and remote setting.  It would be great to hike into the campsite and set up camp for a night and set off the next day for the next campsite.  To spend an extra day exploring the caves and swimming and exploring the Grotto, Overhang Point and Flowerpot Island.  After the adventure it would be nice to take the Chi-Cheermaun over to Manitoulin Island.

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I’ve always wanted to explore this part of Ontario and I’ve never been north of Blue Mountain before.  I think the kids would love it since we will have to carry our gear so we will pack light and be creative with our food.

Already starting a Notebook in Evernote with gear needed and ideas and resources.

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Pending List3 | #5 of 101 | Read Left To Right + Flip Pages | 101 Things To Do In 1001 Days

Friday, July 29th, 2016

One thing that I’ve wanted to do is read books.  Over the years… I’ve purchased a couple of Basketball books that I’ve wanted to read when I have time.  One thing that I’ve never really done is read.  I should.  Why don’t I start now.

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In my previous 101 list I had a goal to read one book a month for 6 months straight.  I did pick up “A Long Way Gone” by Ishmael Beah that was really good.  I finished it in 3 days.  I did not want to put it down.

A gripping story of a child’s journey through hell and back.

There may be as many as 300,000 child soldiers, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s, in more than fifty conflicts around the world. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. He is one of the first to tell his story in his own words.

In A LONG WAY GONE, Beah, now twenty-six years old, tells a riveting story. At the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. Eventually released by the army and sent to a UNICEF rehabilitation center, he struggled to regain his humanity and to reenter the world of civilians, who viewed him with fear and suspicion. This is, at last, a story of redemption and hope.

Then I broke the chain and I need to start this again.

Book #1 | The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin  Started Saturday July 30th, 2016

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I’m excited to read this book.  Looks like a great little read to get the project going.  The book also includes a “Start Your Own Happiness Project Guide”.

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I will give my comments when I’m done with it.

Next Up:  The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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List3 | #79 of 101 Things To Do In 1001 Days | Jump + Hang On A Basketball Hoop

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

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The summer after Grade 11… I was in shape.  I weighted a buck sixty four and size 34 jeans and in my desert boots… I could stand under the basket on the first day of high school and turn and jump and hang on the rim with one hand.  That summer at the courts… I could remember jumping and hanging on with two hands.  Just enough fingertips to hang on.

I’m 45 and I want to do that again.

It honestly sounds impossible.  With my goal to a healthy lifestyle the weight will come off and I will focus on achieving this goal.

Last night at the courts… I jumped and could touch the bottom of the backboard.  Every time I play I will focus time on jumping and jumping and see if I can get a little higher up the backboard over time.  I can also track and measure this at the YMCA this winter.

I will update this post and measure off the ground on how high I’m jumping.

Delayed | List3 | #81 of 101 List | Give Blood Twice Per Month For 8 Months

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

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I won’t lie.  This scares me.  I hate needles.  Hate.  I remember when I was in Grade Two and I was in the hospital to take out my tonsils and it took 3 nurses and 1 doctor to hold me down to give me a needle in my leg before surgery.  I’m a big suck.  So I thought about giving blood two times per week for 8 months straight.

So I added it to my 3rd list of 101 Things To Do In 1001 Days!

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Update:  Due to my Tattoo… I have to wait 6 months | So my follow up reminder is set for September 2017 to get this one completed.  I’ve signed up and registered on the Canadian Blood Services website.