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9 Top Tips for Date Weekend in Porto Portugal

1. Intercontinental Hotel Porto.  The intercontinental suite was amazing. We have an ambassador card well worth the investment as your room is always upgraded so our suite was amazing!  The weekend was so special, with lay ins in luxury and a late night jazz bar.

View from our hotel room

View from our hotel room

2. Walking around all the architecture.  When we are away even with kids, or on a date weekend we love just walking around.  Life has a different pace just taking the cultures, people, smells and architecture in. Porto has this amazing blue and white tile work.

The blue tiling facade which is everywhere and just gorgeous 

The blue tiling facade which is everywhere and just gorgeous 

Fantastic architecture everywhere just explore!

Fantastic architecture everywhere just explore!

3.  There is an old small bookshop that was so cool.

Loved this book store

Loved this book store

4. The railway station.  The art work in the rail station was well worth a visit, beware of pick pockets as ever.

Inside the train station

Inside the train station

5. Restaurant ODE okay so in porto I fell in love with molasses bread and sheep cheese, you will no what I mean when you visit.  This stuff us phenomenal.  I got the concierge to book ahead as these restaurants really get booked up.

6. Restaurant OPaparico.  This was out of the way but amazing. Again I got the concierge to book.

The entrees in the restaurants were always so fresh, having some sheeps cheese again!

The entrees in the restaurants were always so fresh, having some sheeps cheese again!

7. River tour.  We did the 6 bridges river tour, just relaxed back and soaked in the atmosphere. The  buildings were interesting as you could see the lack of funds to invest or renovate, but there was still so much beauty in the place. 

The 6 bridges boat tour where you get to see the buildings in their full beauty, but can see the renovation needed.

The 6 bridges boat tour where you get to see the buildings in their full beauty, but can see the renovation needed.

Just 2 of the 6 bridges.

Just 2 of the 6 bridges.

8. Port tasting. We went tasting port after the river tour and it was so smooth.  

We tried the port at Porto Calem

We tried the port at Porto Calem

9. Tour of Porto we took the bus tour and in some ways got to see the whole of porto, in others it was such a short weekend, we wish we would have stopped a bit more between stops especially the beach,

The bus tour took us past beaches and fishing men.

The bus tour took us past beaches and fishing men.

7 Top Tips for Family Trips to Copenhagen Denmark

We got married in Copenhagen, it's one of our other homes and one of our favourite cities. As well as visiting friends and family when we go there, we also like to visit other parts of Seeland, and Copenhagen so the kids stay in touch with their routes; and their viking ;).  Here are our top tips.

1. Tivoli - Tivoli is the only theme park I know in the heart of the city. It's amazing and full of rides, experiences, chilling in the gardens and listening to a show.  There are several great restaurants.  You will not regret going here with the kids.

2. The Blue Planet Aquarium - strangely even open on Danish Christmas which is celebrated on the 24th.  So in our house Christmas lasts a longer time 2 days!  However, one Christmas we landed and grandad or Far Far needed more time to prepare.  We went to the aquarium and the kids loved it, there was so much to see and do.

3. The viking museum.  You will need to hire a car but well worth a visit on a good day.  There's really cool brunch place near by before you go in, and the museum is full of things to see, do and even dress up.  Here you can row a viking boat and make a boat.  There's pieces of wood, saws, nails and hammers left there.  This becomes a bit of a competition and a great activity with the kids to make your own viking boat that can float.

4. Open sandwiches are a must to try.  Eva Davidson is my favourite, which my husband took me to way before we had the kids.  I'm not a fan of bread, but Danish bread is just awesome and her sandwiches are like a work of art!

5. There are so many great restaurants, and not just Noma.  Tonys is where we had our pre wedding party.  We love cheap and cheerful placed too like Sticks and Sushi with the kids, and Lagkagehuset as my husband misses Danish pastries, so much so that he taught himself to make them!

6. With kids I would do the bus tour, as in reality the little mermaid is small.  There are so many great places to see: the navy quarters, the queens palace and all the great danish architecture.

7. Time is also worth being spent just chilling out at Nyhavn.

 

My daughter getting a hug from Rasmus Klump Bamse which is a Danish kids book and TV character at Tivoli

My daughter getting a hug from Rasmus Klump Bamse which is a Danish kids book and TV character at Tivoli

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