Today’s Fun Photo Friday presents some of my favorite photos from our Rodrigo Bastos-guided We Hate Tourism tour. One of the great things about hiring local talent for tours is that you get the inside scoop on all sorts of oddities, such as the Portuguese mistrust of the European Union in general, and in particular the immense dislike for German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is seen below as a puppet master manipulating Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho (left) and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Paulo Portas (currently Deputy Prime Minister). By the way, Rodrigo tells me that the sailor outfit is a reference to two second-hand German submarines Mr. Portas ordered purchased even after his own armed forces advised that they were unnecessary to Portugal’s overall defense strategy.
Those opinions of Chancellor Merkel are not strictly Portuguese, by the way. Similar resentment is displayed throughout southern European countries hit hard to the Worldwide Great Recession — Greece, Italy, and Spain in particular from what we witnessed on this voyage.
But enough of the politics. Here’s some more of my favorite shots from this great and exciting tour (Thanks again, Rodrigo, and thank you We Hate Tourism) — click on any image below to bring up today’s slideshow: