May 17, 2014

Meo Out Jazz

Stop by the Praça Martim Moniz, Saturdays at 5pm this summer, for Meo Out Jazz: live concerts in a newly-hip setting. Despite its central location and delightful fountains, the Praça Martim Moniz has a reputation for being scrungy, and even a little shady after-hours. But the city of Lisbon is trying to change that. A year […]

April 23, 2014

Lisbon with kids: April 25th simplified

Last year my daughter asked “Mommy, what do we celebrate on April 25th?” I didn’t have a good answer for her then, but now I’ve had a year to think about it, and here’s my answer: Many years ago, when your great-grandparents were young, there was a far-flung kingdom without a king. Why it didn’t […]

November 11, 2013

St. Martin’s Day: Magusto & chestnuts

November 11 is St. Martin’s Day, and here in Portugal it is the height of the Magusto, a celebration of autumn’s bounty and the ripening of both the chestnuts and the year’s new wine. Martin was a Roman soldier, born around 316AD near Savaria, in what is now Hungary. According to legend, Martin came across […]

August 8, 2013

Lisbon with Teenagers: entertaining teens in Lisbon

Traveling with teens can be a challenge because… well, because teens can be a challenge! But there’s no reason why you can’t have fun in Lisbon with teenagers. I was 17 when I first visited Lisbon, for a week, with my parents and 4-year-old brother (joy of joys). But I ended up having a great […]

July 3, 2013

5 things to do in Lisbon when it’s HOT

Average summer temperatures in Lisbon are only about 28C/85F, even in August. But an average is just an average, and there are always a few days, or even a week or two, when the city broils in 30+C heat (mid-to-high 90’sF). So what is there to do in Lisbon when it’s hot? Take a siesta: […]

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