// MY NAME IS DANIELAnd after years of dreaming I've sold everything I own and set off on the open road. I've made this site as a sort of photo journal of my travels. The map shows where I've been (red), where I've stayed a month or more (yellow), and where I plan to go (white). And so, armed with little more than a backpack, a camera, and a dream, I now take the road less traveled by. So it goes.
LISBON Having miraculously found flights from Chicago to Lisbon for less than $260 US (and then only another $250 to Africa, which was our ultimate destination) my sister and I stopped over in Portugal for a few days before continuing to Mozambique. All I can say is that words can do the beauty of Portugal little justice, so I'll let the photos speak for themselves. First up is Lisbon herself, a city of hills and cable cars, of quaint alleys, hilltop castles, imposing cathedrals, red-tiled roofs, cobblestoned plazas, enchanting seaside views, cool street art, and of course tiles--- you'll see the amazing mosaic tile work further down below..
OBIDOS With only few days to see the country, we did something of a whirlwind tour, taking the train to Porto in the north of the country but jumping off certain stops along the way, taking a look around, then catching the next train. One of those stops was the tiny hilltop, walled town of Obidos. You can see the little train station, which is at the foot of the hill, in the final photo --- along with a local ginja berry liqueur famous in Obidos for being served in edible chocolate shot glasses. Oh and a castle. Obidos also has a castle.
COIMBRA Our next stop (all in the same day, mind you) was the medieval university town of Coimbra which was founded by the Romans and originally named Aeminium. In fact you can see some of the Roman aqueducts in one of the photos below. Lisbon was also a Roman city (named Olissipo) though that city's full history stretches all the way back to 800 BC as a Phoenician and Greek trading colony (and indeed even before that, Neolithic stone-age monuments can be found at the edge of the city). But anyway, back to Coimbra:
PORTO Finally we arrived in Porto, a near magical city, and coincidently the place where Portugal got its name--- it was originally a Roman outpost called 'Portus Cale' or Port of Cale. Port wine also comes from Porto. Again, I'll let the photos do the talking. Sadly we had only two days here before catching a highspeed train back to Lisbon and then a flight onwards to Africa. So it goes.