Crusades, Moors & Age of Exploration

Porto, Portugal

Stop #29: Porto is Portugal’s second-largest city.  There is a famous expression in Porto: “Coimbra sings, Braga Portugal’s second-largest city, with a population of roughly 280,000, considers itself the north’s capital and, more contentiously, the country’s economic center. Locals support this claim with the maxim: “Coimbra sings, Braga prays, Lisbon shows off, and Porto works.” […]

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Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Stop #26: Santiago de Compostela, Spain is the main attraction along the pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago, the camino francés, which crosses the Pyrenees from France and heads west across northern Spain.  The city’s Cathedral is very impressive, although it was under construction/renovation when we visited.  Santiago de Compostela has more than 4.5 […]

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