It’s no secret that the mindset here at Going Mobile central involves travel. However it’s accomplished, though, the travel we all do is fueled by an abiding interest in new places and the people who inhabit them.
Though several million Antarctic penguins would argue, Portugal's Algarve was once thought to be the "end of the world." Yet this much is true: The view from the Cabo de Sao Vicente (Cape of St. Vincent) is both "immense and dramatic."
The Mediterranean has a number of fine beaches, as the residents of Italy's Cinque Terre know well. But to Rick Steves, Portugal's Salema Beach "may be the most purely enjoyable beach in all of Europe.”
It's not often that you find art in places designated for public transit. Yet in Porto's São Bento train station, not only are the walls adorned with artistic blue tiles but they depict stories of Portugal's history.
It's arguably not be as scenic as its southern counterpart, Lisbon, but Portugal's northern city of Porto has a popular riverfront setting -- and a tasty specialty sandwich that will take years off your life.
Traveling by bus can be an efficient, and cheap, means of getting around Portugal. It's how we traveled from Lisbon north to Porto. But you better pay attention to the driver's instructions. "Cinco minutes" means exactly that.
Beginning the day with tasty pastries, passing up "must see" sites but choosing to mingle with regular folks, then topping the day off with a sumptuous meal ... well, you can't see all of Lisbon in two days. But you can always return.
Unsure about how to proceed, and knowing that walking up and down Lisbon’s steep streets would prove a bit too arduous for our aging legs, we asked the employees behind the Lisboa Carmo Hotel desk for advice. And they suggested taking a Tuk-tuk tour.
On the morning of Nov. 1, 1755, a major earthquake hit the Iberian Peninsula and nearly leveled Portugal's capital city, Lisbon. Rising from that disaster, today's Lisbon is one of Europe's more scenic capital centers.
Dan Webster has filled a number of positions at The Spokesman-Review from 1981 to 2009. He started as a sportswriter, was a sports desk copy chief at the Spokane Chronicle for two years, served as assistant features editor and, beginning in 1984, worked at several jobs at once: books editor, columnist, film reviewer and award-winning features writer.
In 2003, he created one of the newspaper's first blogs, "Movies & More." He continues to write for The Spokesman-Review's Web site, Spokane7.com, and he both reviews movies for Spokane Public Radio and serves as co-host of the radio station's popular movie-discussion show "Movies 101."