Portugal - from a bands perspective
Touring can be a great way to visit new places and get a pre-taste. Of course you don't get to see everything you want to, because you're not there on vacation.
I used to play in a band called Level & Tyson and we went touring in Portugal twice. On one of these tours we did like 19 gigs in 18 days. Some of the cities we visited were Coimbra, Braga, Porto, Lisbon and Portalegre, just to mention a few.
We got to know some really cool people, not to mention check out a bunch of venues. But needless to say, there were a lot of touristy stuff I didn't get to do, and some of the best views were seen on the road, from the window while riding our shabby tour car.
|On the road, on our way to CAE Portalegre|
Here comes the pre-taste part.
Even though we were always on the go, and it felt as if we saw Portugal in the speed of light - I did see enough to understand that Portugal is a cool destination that I would like to visit again. Next time I go, I want to visit just as many cities as when we were touring, but stay there longer. So that I can experience Portugal slower and to its fullest, If that even is possible. At least I want to try.
I promised you Portugal, from a bands perspective, so here are a bunch of photos I took while touring.
This is a photo I took of our drummer Jun at Casa D' Avenida, an art gallery in a charming old port town called Setúbal. Apparently there are great hiking and biking options here, and flamingos(!).
Coimbra is one of my favorite cities in Portugal. I even have sort of a nickname for it, I call it "the city of typography", because you'll see cute signs like these everywhere.
This city is a historic, cultured beauty and here you'll find everything from medieval ruins and Romanesque style buildings to the the best pastry you've ever tasted: Pastel de Nata. An egg tart pastry with dusted cinnamon. I think we ate those everyday, and I'm so thrilled we now have a Pastel de Nata-bakery in Oslo!
We were in Porto very shortly. The city where people and the tiles are beautiful. I remember thinking that the old people here were more stylish and elegant than old people back home.
Anyway, Porto is Portugal's second largest city, and is known for its food and especially wine. One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, port wine, is named after Porto since the metropolitan area were responsible for the packaging, transport and export of the wine.
When you're playing in a band you almost become family, and sharing all these trips and memories is special. Even though I don't play in L&T anymore I'm still friends with these people, and writing this Portugal guide made med somewhat nostalgic. An so I'll end this post with a music video we made at Nada Skate Co. in Coimbra, Portugal.
Want to read a more detailed guide? Check out this one.