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Slowing down in Valencia, Spain

Valencia is the 3rd largest city in Spain where we stayed for 2 weeks, the longest stop during our 2-month Europe trip last year.  I wanted to have a sort of base to slow down and relax, at least for a little while.  We honestly didn't do anything spectacular and the city doesn't have world-famous… Continue reading Slowing down in Valencia, Spain

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Pena Palace – A Fairy Tale Castle in Sintra, Portugal

Sintra is a cool town west of the capital city Lisbon and it makes for a perfect day trip from the city as it's only 40 minutes by train from Rossio Station.  We took the 8:11am train and arrived at Sintra just in time to catch the first 434 bus that departed from outside the station at… Continue reading Pena Palace – A Fairy Tale Castle in Sintra, Portugal

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Lisbon, Portugal – A Leisurely Stroll in Belém

Belém is such a delightful district just west of downtown Lisbon.  It can be easily reached from central Lisbon via Tram #15E so it was a perfect place for us to have an enjoyable half-day excursion. Belém is located at the mouth of the Tagus River and it was of great importance during the period of Portuguese… Continue reading Lisbon, Portugal – A Leisurely Stroll in Belém

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Lisbon, Portugal – City of Seven Hills

I really wish I had the time to blog more often (heck, to even blog at all), but moving internationally is really no joke.  After we returned to the US from the 2-month Europe trip, It was a mad dash to get everything done in two short weeks before the big move.  Then once we… Continue reading Lisbon, Portugal – City of Seven Hills

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A History Lesson in Lisbon And the Charming Alfama District

Other than taking a day trip out of town, I would say that our stay in Lisbon was pretty laid back.  Our daily routine for the most part consisted of homeschool work, soccer/football/frisbee in the park and walking around to check out different parts of the city.  Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in… Continue reading A History Lesson in Lisbon And the Charming Alfama District