My travel life is fully dictated by photos. Always has been. That means my decisions have mostly gone like this: see a photo, decide “that’s an image I’m going to see live”, then plan a trip with that view as the destination. The less I personally know about the landmark in the image, the better. Anyone can point to the Pyramids of Giza and say “I want to go there” – such a route is obvious and well-marked. The fun lies in picking a landmark that requires you to DIY your own path. It doesn’t have to be an “undiscovered” place, just unfamiliar to me.
Enter this photo of Pocos do Gomes, Portugal. I’ve looked and looked online but can find little information about these sparkling pools, save for the fact they lie along a nice seafront walk in Madeira and are park of a public swimming pool complex. (That my use of the word “complex” lightly.) Well that’s good enough for me!
Best of all, Portugal is a country I have never stepped foot in. I’ve long known I’d go there some day, I’m fully aware that it will be beautiful. I’ve just never, until now, seen an image of Portugal that waved its raised hand in the air going, “Me, me, pick me! Now!”
If you know anything about the Pocas de Gomes, drop me a line. Otherwise, I’ll let you know when I’ve gotten to feel the water and smell the sea air that go with the view.