Wherever we travel, we’re always in search of the best pictures. After all, we love all the pretty things! We spent two weeks exploring Portugal, and while there’s so much more we wish to see, we experienced enough to safely declare that we love it! We know you’ll fall in love with Portugal as well, especially with the help of these photos.
What is the best place you’ve visited on someone else’s recommendation?
We’ve finished with South America, so we’re circling back to what we skipped before: the rest of Europe!
We had heard a lot about Portugal before our first visit, but most of the stories hailed from either Porto or Lisbon. So when our Lisbon Servas hosts recommended a small beach town – Santa Cruz – we were excited to check it out.
Have you ever seen a glacier in person? Which one is your favorite?
There is nothing quite as awe-inspiring as standing in front of a massive glacier. We first experienced this with our trip to Norway, and it still never fails to take my breath away. I won’t ever not be wow’d by these frozen behemoths.
It might sound cliche, but there really is nothing that quite compares to glacial water. When visiting the Perito Moreno glacier in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, we were encouraged to drink the water straight from the lake! It was just as fresh on the actual glacier (more on that later).
What’s a place you were looking forward to for a long time before you finally visited?
The Torres Del Paine spires are arguably what originally drew us to the stunningly beautiful Patagonia region. When searching for pictures of this place, chances are one of the first images you’ll see is similar to the first one here: a turquoise blue pool in front of thick fingers jutting into the sky.
Do you often take pictures from your plane window seat?
I’m an incurable photographer, so I always have some sort of camera at the ready. And it was a really good thing on our flight through Chile down to Patagonia!
We were blessed with completely clear skies on that day, so the farther south we flew, the more stunning the landscape below us grew!
We passed snow-capped mountains and teal-blue glacial lakes. But the real treat was the glaciers!
The first one was impressive, but then we saw Viedma. It actually looked like a river of snow from above! I’ve never seen anything like it!
But the real treat was flying over Torres Del Paine National Park. I’m a bit surprised the plane didn’t list to the side when all passengers swarmed to the left side, vying for a glimpse of the scenery below.
I was thankfully already in the window seat, so I could snap a few coveted pictures of the famed Torres from above before pressing myself back into my seat to let others look out.
What cool city hikes have you found during your travels?
Our amazing couchsurfing host recommended the Greystones to Bray cliff walk hike while we were staying with him in Dublin, Ireland. This 6km walk meanders along the beautiful Irish coastline, providing spectacular views of cliffs and waves as you enjoy the lush green hillside and ancient rock walls.
Do you love tunnels of trees as much as we do? Where have you found the best ones?
Even without the influence of Game of Thrones, we were enthralled by pictures of this mystical place: the Dark Hedges. A road losing itself in a tangle of trees looked like the perfect photo opportunity!
We couldn’t come to the UK without seeing the famous site of Stonehenge. It’s thought to be over 5000 years old and was once used as a burial site. It also marks the winter and summer solstices and could have had spiritual significance.. however, no one really knows for sure why it was built.