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.