Beautiful Portugal Did you know that Goa and Pondicherry are former Portuguese colonies? Vasco da Gama, a well known Portuguese explorer, was the first European to discover the sea route between Europe and India. He first ported in the city of Calicut, India. Not surprising then that Portugal tugged on the heartstrings. I wish I had more time to travel to Lagos, Porto and other parts of Portugal, but considering that I was on a short break from work, I had to prioritise where I wanted to go and Sintra and Lisbon took top marks on the . . .