Once home to a thriving whaling industry, Portugals Azores islands are now a hotspot for whale watching. The archipelago also boasts scenic hiking trails and unusual vineyards, which are protected from the wind and warmed at night by labyrinthian volcanic walls.
So far, people in debt-laden Portugal seem to grudgingly accept austerity measures imposed by the government. That could change. Two of the countrys leading labor groups have joined forces and called for a Nov. 24 general strike. Is Portugal ready to go the way of Greece?
Following the Spanish Indignados, a Portuguese protest movement wants civil society to be at the center of politics. But the countrys financial solvency may have last say in Sundays vote.
Proud of their quickly constructed but costly welfare state, the Portuguese have always wanted to play in Europes big league. Now that its time to pay the bill, they may have to reconsider.