Archive | April, 2012

Lisbon, Take Three

29 Apr

Last Sunday while we were in Lisbon we took a day trip to Sintra, just a short drive outside of the city.

I was so surprised by the lush, green forest!  We made our way up the mountain, first driving and then walking to visit the castle and the palace.

From the castle we trooped up to the palace!

It was the perfect excursion although I was very tuckered out by the end of the hiking–but we recovered with ice cream treats after lunch!

Breaking News

28 Apr

On Thursday Carmen’s first grade class went on a field trip to TeleMadrid and I tagged along!  There were a few tense moments during the live taping when I thought one of the 6 year olds might blurt out a shout or dart onto the set but everyone behaved very well!

It was so fun to peek inside the studios and offices of the television station, such a different atmosphere than at school!  And I of course just kept thinking of WJM News…

And on Wednesday night I stopped by to visit the three beans after work at Kids and Us.  The big news is that Santi niño now wears glasses, I really did not think that he could get any cuter but he is!  I made sure to get lots and lots of hugs in, I sure do miss the three beans.

Lisbon, Take Two

25 Apr

The weekend in Lisbon was so good, so good.

The sunny view from the hotel’s little terrace was a lovely surprise to wake up to on Saturday.

Our hotel was small but very cute and very clean–and best of all we enjoyed made-to-order breakfast every morning.  On Saturday we ate fried eggs with toast, fresh fruit and hot chocolate and then set off for some sight seeing.

We hopped on a street car and headed to Belém to tour the Monasterio de los Jerónimos–or the Jerónimos Monastery, the monastery houses Vasco de Gama’s tomb.

After visiting the monastery we walked down to the water front to admire the view of the Puente 25 de Abril–the 25 of April Bridge–and the statue of Cristo Redentor–Christ the Redeemer.

And after a quick lunch we did something a little bit crazy, we rented a go-cart and had a real adventure exploring the historic center of Lisbon (the go-cart had some trouble with city’s steep hills, I had to get out and push, helped by friendly strangers more than once).

Post-go-cart ride I recovered with a chocolate milk and we headed the Castillo de San Jorge–the Castle of São Jorge.

We walked along the castle walls and snapped a few photos.

And we spotted a peacock outside the castle!

By 7 I was tuckered out and happy to have the Real Madrid-Barcelona soccer match as an excuse to sit down in a bar with a beer and cheer on our team.  Madrid’s victory capped off a perfect day in Lisbon!

Lisbon, Take One

23 Apr

We are back in Madrid after a perfect weekend in Lisbon!  I have about one million photos from the weekend but these are a few from our excision to Sintra yesterday.  We climbed up to the Castillo de los Moros–the Castle of the Moors–and then toured el Palacio de la Pena–the Pena National Palace.

And after all the hiking we happily sat down to lunch in Sintra and then had an ice cream in the town square!

Kids, Please.

20 Apr

This  week had a bit of a rough start–I made a new pasta recipe I really did not love (this one that has been all over Pinterest–so watch out), our flight to Portugal was canceled, and the weather was cold and gray.

But yesterday things took a turn for the better–we went to lunch at Buenas y Santas and the sun began peaking out of the clouds.  And now we are leaving for a little road trip to Lisbon, I cannot wait to see the city!

April Showers

15 Apr

This weekend was a gray and chilly but I really didn’t mind hunkering down at home on Saturday while it rained outside.

I did manage to pull on my rain boots and venture out of the house and run a few errands–I was so surprised by the crowded streets.

And this afternoon we stopped by La CaixaForum to see the exhibit “Los ballets rusos.”  I liked looking at the costumes although I mostly just wanted to try on a tutu myself!

A Spring Walk

10 Apr

I had the best week back home in Minneapolis.

One of the first things that struck me peeking out the plane window was how green the city looked.  The warm spring weather allowed for a few runs–and one walk–outside.  I soaked up the fresh air and gorgeous scenery that is practically our back yard.