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It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
We learned a very valuable lesson very early on in our journey through Portugal: The fact that a city/town/country has been on the map forever in no way means that it has been discovered.
From our first steps through the streets of Lisbon, the Portuguese city upon the hill, it became clear that Americans have, for whatever reason, been ignoring Portugal. Even the most basic of observations we made were raising the eyebrows of our colleagues and friends back in the Statesa good example being that Lisbon looks just like San Francisco.
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While no single post could ever sum up all the tiny gems and small 'hoods you find in a big city, we've broken down the main neighborhoods below to give you an idea of what to expect and do in each. Because Lisbon is a condensed city, it is very easy to get around via public transportation (trolley cars and the subway) or, if you can handle the hills, by foot.
Well, isn't that the way it goes... we're in Portugal for ten days, and two days after we leave, the world's largest wave gets surfed! Last weekend, as hurricane conditions swept through the east coast of Europe and killed almost a dozen people, gigantic (and we mean gigantic) waves brought surfers to the infamous area known as Nazare, which is about an hour north of Lisbon in Portugal and an iconic surf destination with a reputation for consistently producing some of the world's biggest waves.
On the last run of the day on Monday, after rescuing his friend who had broken her ankle, Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle caught what is believed to be the largest wave in history -- a 100-foot wall of water. You must watch the video below to get a visual (although you may want to watch it on mute):
Last week, we wondered why Americans continue to ignore Portugal despite its proximity to the East Coast and the fact that we constantly fly over it to reach other destinations. The question is rhetorical, and all we can do at this point is our best to show you what you're missing.
Here's a glimpse of what to expect on your inaugural trip to Lisbon, Portugal's largest city and capital, as well as a few cultural and food tips that will have you living like a local in no time.
Yesterday, when we told you about a rock 'n' roll jeep tour that takes you along Portugal's south and west coasts near Sagres, we mentioned that the area was undiscovered by tourists from the States. And we stand by that. While we certainly weren't the first Americanos to grace its shoreline, the reaction from the locals upon discovering where we were from told the whole story. They were, without question, not used to meeting Americans. The English, yes. The Spanish, for sure. Germans, totally. But not Americans.
And we're not just talking about some remote village in the middle of nowhere; the same has been true thus far of our stay in Lisbon. We suppose the main reason is pretty obvious. Lisbon just doesn't sound as sexy as Paris or Rome, two cities that Americans are all over on their first European jaunts. And since a very small percentage of Americans even travel to Europe once let alone twice, Portugal (as well as other European countries) becomes this "second-tier" destination that Americans never get around to visiting.
Confession! This member of the Jaunted team has visited every Western European country except Portugal and Denmark. Yes, even the little ones like Andorra and San Marino are checked off our list. Still it seems we need to correct this and get to Portugal before the wanderlust imparted by the video above wears off.
This is the cutest 2 minutes and 49 seconds you will possibly have today. Utilizing time-lapse, tilt-shift techniques and HD, the short film from Mario Rui Fernandes is a vibrant, happy look at the lively public spots of Portugal's capital, Lisbon. He jumps from tourist hotspots (we want to go stand on that map mosaic!) to scenes from local life, such as a commuter train station.
Keep your eyes open for our particular favorite moment involving a lone snorkeler. Happy Friday!