Despite the crowds of tourists and joggers gearing up for a race through town and despite the freeway looming not so far in the distance, Óbidos, Portugal is undeniable. The walled city allows visitors to scale its shoulders, no railing and all. Looking down warrants a few stomach jumps, but in the end all that can be seen is the ultimate wedding gift. Dom Dinis gave Obidos to his wife Dona Isabel. After centuries of blood from the Visigoths, Romans and Moors, sweat today from the marathon runners and tears from a few crying Portuguese baby tourists, Óbidos is difficult to grasp. After all, it would be in poor taste to steal the bride’s gift.
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