Ever heard of Angra do Heroismo?
If you’d lived in the 15th century and hung out with the likes of Vasco da Gama and other explorers and seafarers who were, as it were, on the road a lot, you might have.
It was a big port of call and trading post for giant ships loaded with all kinds of treasures from around the world.
The same hills that make walking along the cobblestone streets more like San Francisco or San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Where treasures abounded, so did pirates. Some of the city fortresses were built to keep them — and other would-be invaders out.
The glory is all gone now.
But the beauty remains.