In 2018 it was 20 years ago José Saramago traveller writer received his Nobel Prize in Literature.
El País used the occasion to feature Portugal as a travel-by-car destination based on Saramango’s Journey to Portugal.
We have been cruising by car to all corners of Portugal and don’t mind telling people that we have been everywhere. Still we manage to find small pieces of Paradise just behind places we thought we knew well.
Today it’s kind of provoking. But we still love going around by car. Especially in Portugal where a car is a MUST if you want to see the creme-de-la-creme of what this beautiful country offers. At least if you ask us.
I am a big fan of Jack Kerouac. His On The Road is still one of my top 5 inspirational books of all time. So when I read the reference to Jack Kerouac’s mother road Route 66 in US in El País‘ feature I got curious and checked out their 8 ways to fall in love with Portugal. But either they forgot one OR they consider Saramango’s Journey to Portugal as the eight way because they only list the following seven in their travel feature.
Depending on your interest all seven travel recommendations are good. The N2 is in my opinion the most interesting of them – especially if you want to away from the beaten track. And going by car is definitely worth the carbon imprint. Follow the link in the quote above to check them out!
I considered buying Saramango’s Journey to Portugal.
That was until I read New York Times’ review of the book when it was published in English in 2001.
As books of travel go, this one goes wrong from the start – Michael Pye writes in his very entertaining review. Something Salamango himself agrees with: I am not so sure I was successful, as he is quoted in NYT.
So while the revue is hilarious and highly recommended reading I don’t dare to say the same about A Journey to Portugal. Read the feature in El Pais and let their 7 or 8 Ways To Fall In Love With Portugal inspire you. And forget Salamango’s book but not his wise words: The goal is not to arrive.
Instead buy Kerouac’s On The Road and remember his wise words that will take you to places and people all over the world.: Live, Travel, Adventure, Bless and don’t be sorry.
All the best,