The 15th century was an exciting time. At least from a nautical perspective. During the past centuries, control of the Mediterranean had fallen into the hands of the Ottomans and their allies. As a result, the trade of exotic goods that were in demand in Europe was in jeopardy.
It wasn’t any better with Venice and the other Italian maritime republics in control of the trade either. So folks begun to look for way to sail to the promised riches of India, where one would find the spices and desired goods. Thus the great voyages were commissioned and launched.
Nowhere was this more active than in Portugal, where there was even princely involvement (Henry the navigator). You see, with Portugal’s location in the far west of the Iberian peninsula, it made perfect sense as a base to set off on an exploratory trek around the coast of northwest Africa.
Our voyage was far simpler, a coach trip overland to and from Spain through Lisbon (here). It was not a very long stay, since it was a group tour. So this was but a quick dip of the feet into the water so to speak. Enough to spark desire to return just to examine the city in much more detail.
What would you recommend for us to see and do in Lisbon if there were 3 days?
Recently (well 3 months back), a friend of ours got on a 3-week journey across Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. You cannot imagine the amount of ‘jealousy’ (heheh) we had when we heard about that. First things that came into our mind was : “oooh it would have been wonderful to get around with your own group of friends“, “why did you not rope us in?“…
So why didn’t she?
For one reason it was a religious group. So we were reticent about joining and she knew that. Second we are completely spent bankie-wise… and thirdly, we are in the midst of a lot of work – officewise and lack of vacation leave days… Thus, the reason we were left drooling over what could have been. Don’t you have those feeling too sometimes?
But let’s get back to the matter at hand. In recent months we’ve heard and read ever so often about red dotters who have been to the Caucasus. And independently too! Now the length of time they spent across the various countries differed, they showed us how ‘old’ we’ve become… whatever happened to that youthful sense of excitement over adventure to get out there?
Shall we consider to take a plane into Baku and then map out a way to Yerevan from there? Or do we need to have detailed plans on the mode of transportation, accommodations and sights prepared before we embark? Lots of questions today. But as you might know (from our past posts) when we blog about it, we mostly actually will do it.
Have you been to the Caucasus countries before? How did you plan you journey?