Posts Tagged ‘Portugal’

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

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017


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.

Let’s go!!

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.


view of Portofino - beautiful town of Ligurian coast, Italy


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.

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.


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.


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.

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


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


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

Beautiful beach of Setubal in Portugal


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.


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!  😉

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:



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


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.


Lisbon View in Portugal -

Where Do You Want To Go? Where Do You Want To Stay? | Airbnb

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

AIRbnb what?  So many listings at so many price-points offering different levels of privacy.  I love the idea of this cool little website.


Airbnb BELONG ANYWHERE from Rod Blackhurst on Vimeo.

Nothing fancy but a neat little spot in Lisbon Portugal but this is a cool little apartment

Gulbenkian Apartment – Apartments for Rent in Lisbon

Apartment in Lisbon, Portugal. A modern and cozy apartment that will make you feel at home while enjoying Lisbon. One bedroom apartment with good areas and a balcony. The apartment is very central and near a wide variety of public transports. You´ll be in the center of the moder… View all listings in Lisbon

Another little cool little spot for a great price close to everything:

Alges House – Apartments for Rent in Algés

Apartment in Algés, Portugal. This beautiful and airy apartment with 1 Bedroom, 1 Living room, 2 toilets, great and sunny kitchen that is smartly modern in white and a light blue, with a stylish breakfast bar for three It is located between Lisbon, Cascais, Estoril. Alges is… View all listings in Algés

Perfectly located Castro – Apartments for Rent

Apartment in San Francisco, United States. 1895 Victorian flat w/ 12 ft ceilings. (No Long Term Rentals or couples) Close to Mission, & 2.5 blocks from Castro theater. MUNI is 3 blocks away. Room is small and cosy, but a great $ for one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the US! We li… View all listings in San Francisco

Romantic Cabana with view in Armenia

Cottage in Armenia, Colombia. Located in the coffee region, a charming cabana made from bamboo, with a great view and a “sendero” or pathway through the bamboo forest which criss-crosses our 5 acre organic farm, leading down to a stream. A place to relax and commune with nature. View all listings in Armenia


Camper/RV in Malibu, United States. Perched on a hilltop with a magnificent 360 degree vista of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina, Santa Barbara Island and the Santa Monica Mountains, spend the evening watching the sunset over Boney Mountain as it fades to black. The stars come out by the… View all listings in Malibu

Columbia Castle in Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn

Apartment in Brooklyn, United States. *THIS LISTING IS FOR A PRIVATE ROOM IN THE APARTMENT IN WHICH I ALSO LIVE* Please message me BEFORE requesting a reservation. This comfortable two bedroom SIXTH FLOOR WALKUP (no elevator) in an apartment complex originally built as a tenement in … View all listings in Brooklyn