Portugal? –All Set

Have I mentioned that I am going to Portugal in September, over the Labor Day Holiday. Yes. And, in fact, did I mention that I am trying to touch down on all six of the major continents before my 30th birthday. That’s a pretty challenging and difficult task. I am, however, going to try. After October and November, I should only have two more to go. Africa and Australia. And, I have never spent my birthday in a foreign country, so that is certainly something that I would like to try. What better way to celebrate? Celebrate good times!!

Anyways, I have always wanted to go to Portugal. I plan to fly into Lisbon and do a layover in Dublin. I extended my layover so that I have time to explore a little bit of Ireland, instead of just the airport.

I plan to stay at the Olais Hotel in Lisboa. It’s a 4 star hotel.

I have already started planning my itinerary and researching various activities that I would like to do while in Lisbon. Of course, number 1 and 2 on my lists are wine tastings and cooking classes. I love to travel long and far to taste different wines. And there is nothing quite like sipping wine outside on the patio and taking in culture and new experiences. Their really is nothing quite like that. And cooking, I absolutely love to cook. That is so different than my boyfriend. Don’t get me wrong, he loves to cook too. That’s why he is a chef for a living. But of course, after long days of cooking, and standing on his feet, cooking becomes the last thing that he wants to do. I totally understand. I am the one who generally cooks up a storm around our flat.

Anyways, in the process of planning for this trip, as well as my trip to Asia, I have found a great app and website that helps you plan trips. When it comes to those nitty gritty details-not exactly my thing. But I like to have itineraries. Now, that is not to say that I will stick hard to my itinerary. Especially with jetlag or semi jetlag, I like to have some idea of what I plan to do and then go from there.

Now, when it comes down to it, I will only be in Portugal for three days. Three full days that is, there is not a whole lot of time to do everything. I would like to do everything, but I can’t, hence, I have to pick and choose the most important things for me to learn and do and try and explore. And of course, this is due to me extending my layover in Ireland, so I will not arrive until night time on August 30th. So, I have the 31st, and then September 1st and second to make the most of my time in Portugal. So, what then is important to me? Wine. Cheese. Food. Beaches. Exploration and of course getting lost and finding hole in the wall spots and great views of the city. To plan my trips, I am using Travefy.

I highly recommend Travefy if you are one of those people who likes to have itineraries and loose plans of how your day is going to go. It is so informed and allows you to plug in so much information from flight information and flight times to events, links, ground transportation and even maps and lodging. It is super super helpful. And when all is said and done, you can simply just run a print out.

So, what kinds of things have I discovered that I have plugged into Travefy? I discovered, at least that for my layover in Dublin, there is an Aircoach that will take me right from the airport to Dublin City Center. I can explore for a bit before catching my connection to Lisbon. And then I can add Ireland to the list of countries I have “seen” and I mean, really “seen” this time.

As for Lisbon, I discovered the Discover Lisboa card. Have you used? Pretty inexpensive and provides you access to all the transportation, museums, attractions, tourist guide book. This is definitely something that I am going to invest in.

I want to take so many cooking classes, but I am also limited for time. I have taken a look at a few places, Cooking Lisbon being one of them. And I can certainly tell you about it when I get back. I have been eyeing the cooking class, as well as the pastry class. Reviews will come after. But I do not think that either class, should I choose to take them will disappoint.

In terms of wine and cheese tastings, I have been eyeing some of the few:

Hotel Portugal 

Portugal Tasting Room   

Lisbon Winery

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