Working on a little spring trip to Madrid, Spain to explore the city. This summer the plan is to take the kids and visit Europe. I have a little open pocket coming up so it would be nice to use my flight benefits and go check it out. Madrid looks like such a vibrant city in the day and the night.
I could sneak away on Air Canada since they fly direct from Toronto to Madrid leaving around 10pm so that is perfect to leave from work and make my way to the airport. I would land around 11am the next day and then I would make my way into the city centre. This trip will be four nights and fly out at 1pm to arrive same day around 4pm in Toronto.
I will take the kids to Madrid and Barcelona in the Summer since it’s about a 3.5hr train trip to each city as we snake along Europe at the end of July. Holiday’s are booked and I have 18 straight days with them.
Purchased a pack for Noah for our trip. He needed a good little pack for travel that can be used as a carry on. This little pack from MEC will be good for him. It’s a 24L pack and also can be used with a hydration system that can go inside for hiking. His is the MEC Trail 24 Daypack. 430g this bag is perfect for him and his smaller frame.
Below is the MEC Flair 60 Backpack for Chantal. This 60L pack is perfect for a weeks worth of gear and the great thing about this pack is that there is 3 different ways to get inside to your things without always going down via the top. So you get at your gear from the sides and the front. Lots of pockets in this waterproof bag. This pack is designed for women.
This is on my bucket-list for a while. I connected with Jude from High School and floated out the idea that if we are single we need to go to Italy in 2019 which seems like 3 months from now. She sent me a photo of her savings jar! I don’t think it will happen in 2019 and I don’t think she will be single since she is a great woman. I do call her LMI… which stands for Little Miss Italy and it was nice to connect and catch up after so many years after High School.
This post is not about her… but just the wonderful little section of Italy along the coast that I want to explore.
(Maybe it’s a little bit about her)
I will get there tho…
(i don’t think we said 2019… since that feels like months away… so let’s just say both single in 2022)
I can go there with myself or a Little Miss “Someone”
In Germany… just about a hour south of Berlin is this gem. This building is the fifth largest usable space by volume and it was established in 2004. After Casey made a little video about it has become popular with North American’s coming across the ocean to check it out.
It’s open at 6am and it doesn’t really close. People swim in the pools all night long. At 1am if you are still inside you are charged for another day. There is accommodations all around on the inside and the outside of the park in the summer time with trailers and cabins to rent. Inside is bunkie’s and tents. The Sauna area is by gender and it’s a protected nude area. You can wear a towel if you want.
Two balloons you can tour the park in. One of them is walked as you circle the resort and one of them will drift around. The place is massive. Price for a tent that sleeps 4 is 157 euros and that includes the cost of the water park for the two days. That’s the cost for Chantal, Noah and myself when you stay a Sunday or 200 euros for another day. Tents are lockable and you also can store valuables in lockers in the change rooms. You can take a train from Berlin and it’s a 7min walk from the train station or you can take the shuttle.
Can’t wait to hit this waterpark with the kids. You can view Casey’s video of him and Owen checking out the waterpark here.
November 18th flying with the kids to visit this beautiful city. The city of 7 hills. Where Chantal is allowed to have a German beer on the flight legally. Where tags own the back alleyways and the little Natas are everywhere. A city where everyone eats dinner at 9pm.
Can’t wait to go with them. I’m sure we will make a movie. I’m sure we will stay up late too each night.
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.
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.
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.
I know the kids want to hit the beaches and play in the ocean.
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.