Family travel with flair

A motorcycle sidecar tour with kids

TweetUsually I post about things I’ve personally tried so I can tell y’all exactly what it’s like, but when I heard about this family activity recently, it was too cool not to spread the word. Get this: Four Seasons Lisbon is offering motorcycle sidecar tours around the city. You take your camera and are accompanied with a photographer, who gives tips and advice on capturing Portugal’s capital. But for me the most exciting bit is that one little compound word: SIDECAR! The blog Hooniverse asks “Are sidecars cool?” to which I reply, “Is that even a question?” Just Google Steve McQueen and sidecar to see how cool these things can be. Not only that, but sidecars live in my imagination (prompted by old movies) as a thousand opportunities for slapstick hijinks. The motorcycle and the sidecar get divided! The sidecar runs into a pond and the occupant falls out! The sidecar zooms down a mountain road, taking hairpin turns with reckless aplomb! The sidecar swings by the Plaça do Comércio with the kids snapping pictures! The Four Seasons Lisbon offers loads of different family programmes: feeding the animals at Badoca Safari Park, kids’ surf clinics and going behind the scenes at Lisbon Zoo to meet meerkats and helping the bird trainers. If you’re planning a trip, check out the Four Season’s guide to Lisbon and its eclecticism and dynamism. Then strap on your helmet and let someone else do the driving. The details: Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 88 Lisbon 1099-039  Portugal Hotel reservations: +351 (21) 381-1400 This post is my opinion. I received no remuneration for it....

Photo Friday: Roundabout in Cadaques

TweetThis past week my daughter and I traveled to Costa Brava on a press trip to explore the region. One of the places we visited was Cadaques, a former fishing village in Northeast Spain, Catalonia. Salvador Dali often visited the city during is childhood, and you can easily see why. It’s absolutely gorgeous, with a shingle beach in the middle of town and cobbled streets that wind up the hills. The day we were there the Indianos Fair was taking place. It’s a street fair celebrating the villagers who sailed to America, made their fortunes, then returned with their wealth and build large houses. At the urging of one of the women running a meats stall, I tasted some kind of fried animal’s stomach, some other kind of sausage whose contents I’ve now put from my mind and a very nice salami. There were jewellery makers and fresh juice stalls. The highlight was this man-powered mini-roundabout. He slowly cycled in one direction while the kids, astride their donkeys made of recycled tyres, rode in the other. The visit was part of the #InstaCadaques walk we took part in, going round town with other Instagramers (check out the fantastic pictures of this beautiful city using the hashtag). I’ll be posting more about the #InstaCadaques walk soon. It highlighted the enjoyment of simply walking around on a sunny day trying to capture the spirit of the place. I visited Costa Brava as a guest of Costa Brava tourism as part of a press trip. The opinions in this and other blog posts relating to my trip are my own.  ...

Silent Sunday

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Silent Sunday: 2 Dec 2012

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Silent Sunday

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Mother’s Day Silent Sunday

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My first Silent Sunday

Tweet I’ve been meaning to do Silent Sunday for ages. Here’s my first contribution for this week’s SS. Camera details: Taken with my totally rubbish Blackberry phone.  ...

The superhero Grandma “Mamika”

TweetThrow out the knitting and spit out that Humbug. There’s a new granny role model in town. Check out these pictures that French photography Sacha Goldberger shot with his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother to cheer her up. Now they are cheering up thousands of people. The project has gone viral with everyone from Boing Boing to the Huffington Post to Harvard Press writing or Tweeting about it. Check out the story and the photos. (Hat tip to The Bloggess.) You still have 3 days to see the exposition in Paris, or you can buy the book for the supergranny or grandpa in your life....

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