Lisbon <3 and a long weekend

August 24, 2015

Tuktuks in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

Custard tarts


One of our favourite places on our recent holiday was Lisbon, somewhere I’d never managed to make it to before (despite several childhood summer holidays in Portugal). Have you been? We were only there for a day but really liked it and would love to go back.

Due to various fantastic forces Alex and I are going on a child-free weekend away at some point. It won’t be for a long long while – until our baby bedfellow won’t miss the boob too much – but I’m already planning it in my head (especially as the longest I’ve been away from Eliza so far is half a night, twice. The first for an afternoon wedding when we got in at 2am, and the second when we left the house at 3am and her sister arrived shortly after).

Where would you go on a child-free weekend? We were initially thinking about staying in the UK, but now possibly Europe (should we go back to Lisbon?) I’m already giddy with the potential of all that sleep….x

P.S things to do in Madeira when you’re two, and tips for cruise holidays with children and for parents.


  • Carie

    August 24, 2015 at 6:13 am

    I love Lisbon. I’ve only been once, I sailed in as part of the 1998 Tall Ships Race and it was just so pretty and sunny and I loved seeing all the tiles. it’s still on my Europe exploring wish list it was a bit too far south for this year. As for a weekend escape, wherever you go is bound to feel wonderful- what a lovely treat!

  • Alison

    August 24, 2015 at 7:16 am

    I think Venice! Or I’d stay in the UK and hit Babington House!

  • Adele @ Circus Queen

    August 24, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Child-free? Paris? Actually, I think it’ll be a while until the idea of being in a separate country doesn’t stress me out but I’m sure it will come. We’re going to Madeira in November so this post has just made me all the more excited about it.

  • Fiona

    August 24, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I’ve never been to Lisbon. I bet it would be good to pay another visit and do all the things you couldn’t do properly because you were busy looking after kids. For a child-free trip I would probably choose either Berlin or Amsterdam. Both wonderful places. x

  • Kathryn (@KatGotTheCream)

    August 24, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Beautiful photos, I’ve never been to Lisbon. I love the sound of child-free even more xx

    1. gillian

      August 24, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you! It was lovely, even though we were only there for a really short time xx

  • fritha

    August 25, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I’ve never been to Lisbon but heard great things but I think child free I’d always say Paris! Also love your bag, where’s it from? x

  • Alice

    August 25, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Paris or Amsterdam for a romantic weekend away but I hear Istanbul is really cool at the moment x

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