Lisbon, Portugal is a city of hills. Buildings perch on slopes, and funicular trams transport the hill-weary up the steep cobblestone alleys. Naturally, in a coastal city built on hills, there are many amazing views, and the more you ascend, the better the view.
“Quand un étranger vient dans ch’Nord, il brait deux fois, quand il arrive et quand il repart.” – Ch’ti Proverb
I remember several people, both whom I know in real life and whose blogs I perused on the internet, mention that they thought Stonehenge was overrated. That you arrive at this random site in rural England near a canola field and it is just as the pictures tell you, a circle of rocks. What’s the big deal? Our bus tour gave us half an hour to walk around the mysterious rocks that have puzzled archaeologists for decades, circling it to see the stones from every angle. Due to pedestrian tread leading to problems with the ground being uneven and potentially affecting the future of the stones, we were unable to go right up into them. Perhaps a seemingly random assortment of enormous boulders isn’t your cup of tea aesthetically, but it’s amazing to think of the history; how, in a time when technology was so limited, these boulders were able to be dragged from whence they came to this particular middle-of-nowhere. That actually a good portion of the stones are embedded in the ground – …
Iceland Airwaves was such a fond memory that I’m still having dreams about it almost two weeks later. I’m not sure why I even had the semblance of a thought that it’d be anything less than amazing – it’s Iceland, for crying out loud.
I won’t lie, I didn’t know about the existence of Bruges until the release of the 2008 black comedy film, In Bruges, starring Colin Farrell. While the film’s dialogue contains a lot of demeaning words about Bruges, it is actually a delightful Belgian town to spend a few days in.