Portugal is the land that time forgot. Once a great naval power competing with the Spanish and the English exploring the new world, after discovering the delights of Brazil its energy seemed to have been transferred to South America and Portugal began a long siesta.
Today with 200 million Portuguese speakers in Brazil and only 10 million in Portugal itself, the country is in the unique position of being colonised by its own colony. Turn on the TV in Portugal and 90% of the programming comes from Brazil. It's the same with writers, filmmakers, fashion designers and, of course, samba composers.
What does that all mean in the end? Portugal is an undiscovered little hideaway with lost ancient cities, hills embroidered with orange groves and perhaps the best climate in Europe.