Lisboa / Lisbon is a nifty place. Up on one of the overlooking hills, there's a trading post or small settlement excavation dating to 2,700 years ago. I can dig this kind of history -- puts things in perspective. And, I love architectural detail such as in the above image of a particular street corner.
Lisboa: Rising from street level, the Elevador de Santa Justa or do Carmo, a mechanical wonder dating to 1902 and earlier. A real beauty -- and quite a strange sight coming around a corner. The population of Lisbon proper is about 550,000 -- for comparison, somewhere between New Orleans and Detroit. All of Portugal has about ten point five million people. Today'S Rune: The Mystery Rune.