As regular readers of GlobeSlice know, Portugal was the first destination I set off to when I began my long term travels.
Only 1-week removed from my previous professional life, I honestly had no idea what I was doing. Sure, I had done plenty of research on where to stay, what to do, where to eat (an important one), and viewed every “Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Portugal” post on the web.
But I don’t really think anything could have prepared me for exactly how stunningly diverse Portugal actually is. Read More
“Are you threatening me?!” a member of the large party joining our Douro Valley tour called out to the driver as she squeezed into the back of the narrow van.
“Not at all,” the driver calmly responded. “I’m just saying that if you feel like there isn’t enough room and you would rather not go, we would be happy to refund your money.” Read More
After spending some relaxation time surrounded by tiles, canals, and overly sugary treats in Aveiro, I was back in a urban exploration mindset. Throughout my travels here, I had heard all about Porto’s good eats, steep hills, and of course port wine, so I was excited to check it all out for myself. Not a bad way to spend my last week in Portugal! Read More
After the dense urban cityscape of Lisbon, I was looking for something a bit more low key before my next stop in Porto.
After a few hours of searching around the web, I came across the small town of Aveiro, known throughout the country as the Portuguese Venice. And at a glance this definitely seems fitting, as even a quick image search will return image after image of brightly colored gondolas slicing through the centrally located canal. These images were unlike anything I’d seen in Portugal thus far. As luck would have it, the train station stop was already conveniently located along the same route as Porto. Read More
Lisbon was the one destination within Portugal that I had heard enough about to build up a perception around. A perception primarily consisting of beautifully weathered neighborhoods to explore, plenty of colorful history to take in, steep hills to climb, and delicious eats to stuff in my face. Yep, this sounded like my kind of place. Read More