Lisbon isn't a place that one thinks of first when planning a trip across the pond. Yet, the Portuguese capital (population 506,892) should be atop your list of where to go, right now.
If you're like me then stunning fjords and picturesque landscapes are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Norway. Yet in the midst of all that natural beauty are well-preserved medieval churches.
Exploring the old churches scattered across small villages and hamlets in the 100-square-mile Romney Marsh in Kent, a history-rich county in southeastern England, was alluring enough to bring me across the pond. Admittedly, church touring seems like an uncommon vacation, but it is a popular English pastime that seems to be right up there with gardening.