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Sintra Municipality

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  • Feb27

    The Pena (Feather) Palace

    February 27 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Pena sits high above Sintra on a plateau that is about 450m/1,476’ above sea level. Originally, we were going to walk up to the palace (a hard hike up!) but I felt that it was going to be too time consuming and tiring, so we hopped on the convenient bus #434 which took us on a winding, narrow ride up to the top. We passed the Moorish Castle which was built between the 8th and 9th Centuries but didn’t stop in. We have seen so many castles so far and from what we read, it is just a shell but with great lookouts. The Palace is situated a lot higher and more interesting so we decided to just go to it.

    Originally a chapel sat where the palace is now. In the early 16th Century, a King ordered a monastery for the Jeronimos monks (hermits) to be built on the site. Only eighteen monks lived there.

    In the mid 1800’s, Fernando II, a romantic German-born prince, hired a German architect to build a fantasy castle for him with Gothic towers, Renaissance domes, Moorish minarets, Manueline carvings and a Disneyland-like playfulness.

    As we walked up the road leading to the palace, we were once again slack-jawed by what we saw. The palace is so well-preserved that except for all the tourists, it feels like it is the day after the royal family fled to Brazil in 1910.

    We went through a tunnel and entered the courtyard of the magical world of Pena.

    As the palace was originally a monastery, the old section still had several small rooms on two levels around the cloister. We joined a line of people and walked though a dining room with a long table set with lovely dishes. Then on to King Carlos‘ workshop where he painted in the Art Nouveau style.

    In the King’s bedroom and bathroom, there was an English shower and tub and a telephone. The whole room was filled with furniture and lots of knickknacks.

    The handrail going up the stairs to the Queen’s bedroom was in the shape of a slithering snake. Queen Amelie’s life in the early 1900s was not an easy one. In 1908, her husband and eldest son were assassinated. Her youngest son became the King but in 1910 but had to escape to Brazil during the 1910 revolution. Her last night was spent in the Pena Palace.

    We noticed for the first time that this palace had flush toilets, bath tubs and even a telephone room.

    The Queen’s Terrace had wonderful views.

    Outside there was another patio and a lovely private chapel with pretty stained glass windows. We met a Canadian teacher here from Montreal who with his wife and 11 year daughter, were on a 1 year sabbatical travelling around Europe. They were into their 7th month and their daughter was looking forward to meeting up with a friend of hers, during the March break, in Spain. We continued on the narrow Wall Walk, ramparts, to see the 360 degree views.

    Now, the palace is split up into different sections. What we had seen was the modified old monastery section. The new wing had the apartments of the last king which included a smoking room and a Great Hall. We went down some stairs and went into a Stag Room with mounted deer heads and even a moose. Once again down some stairs to the Kitchen with 2 of its 3 original ovens and all sorts of kitchen ware. It was a huge room and there was a lot to see.

    Whew.

    The palace has extensive, lush gardens with meandering walkways all the way down to where we had to take our bus back to Sintra.

    Once again, a wonderful day for us.

    P.S. We came home and watched Michael Cohen’s Testimony/Interrogation by the Senate...
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  • Feb26

    Regaleira - a Prepositional Place

    February 26 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    When we first lived in Mexico and started learning Spanish, we found that knowing prepositions really helped us out. When we asked people for directions, we now knew where we had to go. Our favourite prepositions included to, from, up, down, on, into, out of, under, over, onto, across, around, back. You probably know what words we are talking about.

    So why am I mentioning those words here? Well, we went to a palace in Sintra called the Quinta da Regaleira and as we wandered through the gardens, every person we saw, including ourselves, had to make decisions about where they were going to next. Do we go up the stairs or down the stairs? Do we go into that cave or over the bridge? And the interesting thing was that that was how the gardens were organized. To put people in positions where they had to make choices - to go from darkness and confusion into the light.

    In order to achieve this goal, the creators of the garden created a great collection of turrets, gardens, wells, towers, statues, dark grottos and tunnels, ponds and intersecting paths on the side of a steep hill. Plants and trees, both exotic and natural, were planted to obscure our views of where we were going to next. At times, the views would open up and we saw wonderful vistas. We spent 4 delicious hours exploring this 4 hectare maze.

    In 1883, the property was purchased by a millionaire, Dr. Monteiro who was born in Brazil to well-to-do Portuguese parents. When he was a student, he went to Law School in Portugal at the University of Coimbra. He had a dream of creating a Mansion of Philosophy and hired Luigi Manini, a Italian architect, painter and scenographer (designed scenes for opera) to make his dreams a reality.

    We didn’t have to walk very far to get to the Quinta and were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the grounds. We entered through a gate at the top of the property where a family of 5 people from France invited me to join their family so I wouldn’t have to pay for the entrance. There was a family rate for 6 family members. So thoughtful. Chris paid a seniors rate, so we both got in for 5 Euros! We had brought our lunch so it all worked out well.

    It was so much fun, getting lost and then finding our way. While eating lunch, we watched as people made choices about ‘where to next?’. Heads turning in all directions and then moving on once a decision was made. That’s what life is all about. Making decisions and choosing the path to go on. Dark into light. Loved it.

    Probably one of the most interesting spots was called the Initiation Well. We came upon a deep hole in the ground. Looking down, it reminded us of an upside down tower. We went down into the well using an immense spiral stairway. Once we reached the bottom, there was a system of dark, winding labyrinths which exit at various parts of the garden. I always carry my flashlight and Chris had his phone which we had to use to negotiate the tunnels. It was pitch black in parts and there were no lights. All we could hear were giggles as visitors felt their way around. And then there would be light with a surprising view. So cool.

    We took so many photos of this beautiful place. I don’t envy Chris’ job of choosing which photos to put in.
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  • Feb26

    "This Glorious Eden"... Lord Byron

    February 26 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Sintra is an easy 1 1/2 hour train ride from Coimbra. We had to switch trains in Lisbon and then take another 40 minute train to Sintra. All easy and with the senior rates, a deal!

    On the train from Lisbon, we met a young man from Brazil who worked training animals for the show Animal Planet. He was very friendly and told us that he has lived and worked all over the place and chose to live on the beach near Sintra. He loves surfing. He was very kind and took us right to the Cinco BnB where we are staying - a 10 minute walk from the train station. And did we ever luck out. This place and its originally British owners, Carole and Stuart, are fantastic!

    After a warm and friendly greeting, we were shown the spacious apartment with its attractive and comfortable living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. The views from the living room and patio outside are just spectacular. The gardens are just coming to life (It’s Spring) and it is so peaceful. It’ll be hard to leave to go exploring. But there is so much to see and do here.

    The town is very touristy but we are in a great area, just a couple of blocks away from all the visitors. It is just perfect!
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  • Day16

    Traumkulisse mit Meerpool

    September 5, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Ich habe schon so viele Fotos auf Pinterest von diesem wunderschönen Ort in der Nähe von Sintra gehört. Azenhas do Mar ist ein Bilderbuchdorf mit kleinem Strand und einem Pool mit Meerwasser. So schön!

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  • Day18

    Absoluter Geheimtipp

    September 7, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Dieser Strand ist der Hammer! Der Fußmarsch nach unten ist nicht ganz ohne. Zieht euch unbedingt festes Schuhwerk an und rechnet mit 20 Minuten Fußweg. Unten werdet ihr mit einem traumhaften Strand belohnt. Die Felsformation ist wirklich einzigartig.

  • Day18

    Märchenschloss in Sintra

    September 7, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Sintra hat viele tolle Schlösser und nicht ohne Grund hat sie den Beinamen Märchenstadt. Ich habe der Quinta da Regaleira einen Besuch abgestattet. Wunderschön!!! Plant drei bis vier Stunden ein um auf eine Entdeckungstour der ganz besonderen Art zu gehen!
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  • Day67

    Cabo da Roca

    July 14, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    So nach dem südlichsten und süd-westlichsten Punkt darf der westlichste Punkt Europas natürlich nicht fehlen. Wir fahren zum "Cabo da Roca". Die Straße ist ziemlich aufregend. Enge kurven, schmale Straßen durch die Berge. Am Ziel angekommen sind wir aber begeistert!

  • Day3

    Wilde Küsten und Märchenschlösser

    February 4, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Sonntag hatten wir uns für die Erkundung des Umlandes ein Mietauto geholt. Also ab zur Station, Auto abholen (ein VW, der kein Diesel sei, wie uns der freundliche Portugiese versicherte 😉) und los Richtung Atlantik! Wir machten dann zuerst halt am Cabo da Roca, dem westlichsten Punkt des europäischen Festlands. Wahnsinn! Tosende Wellen und steile Klippen direkt am Meer, was abwechselnd türkis, hell -& dunkelblau schimmerte. Und was für ein Wind! Nach ein wenig herumklettern auf den Felsen wärmten wir uns erst einmal komplett durchgefroren im Auto auf. Nächster Stop war der Praia da Adraga - ein schöner Strand, an dem es aber wieder so windig war, dass die Sandkörner über den Strand huschten. Auch die Wellen brachen sich und bildeten große Schaumhaufen, die dann über den Sand vom Wind gescheucht wurden. Ein Anblick, den wir alle noch nicht kannten. Weiter ging es zum Schloss, was wir von weitem schon immer gesehen hatten. Je näher wir kamen, umso unwirklicher wurde es. Hoch über der Stadt Sintra thront der Palácio da Pena. Ein Schloss, was wie eine Mischung aus dem Disney Schloss und einem arabischen Palast wie bei Aladdin aussieht. Drumherum ist ein riesiger Nationalpark, der mit unglaublich vielen und unterschiedlich großen Findlingen gesäumt ist. Also Parkplatz suchen, Eintritt zahlen und hoch durch den Park zum Palácio. Dort angekommen staunen wir nicht schlecht - durch einen Aufgang aus Bögen kommt man auf den Hauptplatz, von dem aus man viele kleine Türmchen besteigen und die Anlage umrunden kann. Das Schloss wurde von Prinz (und später auch kurzzeitig König von Portugal) Ferdinand II. von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha 1840 in Auftrag gegeben und verbindet sehr viele unterschiedliche architektonische Stile - was man auch sieht. Als wir durch die Innenräume liefen, staunten wir immer wieder über die noch wirklich gut erhaltene und prunkvolle Einrichtung. Nachdem wir uns satt gesehen hatten, liefen wir noch zum höchsten Punkt in der großen Parkanlage und hatten einen fabelhaften Blick über das Sintragebirge bis zum Atlantik. Der Abstieg gestaltete sich sehr idyllisch, denn der Park ist mit einer großen Vielfalt an Bäumen und Pflanzen gesäumt. Wieder im Auto fuhren wir in die Stadt Sintra auf der Suche nach Essen. Stattdessen fanden wir hübsche Mitbringsel, die nicht so kitschig sind, wie wir das aus den meisten Ländern kennen. Wir entschieden uns dann zum Essen nach Lissabon zurück zu fahren. Also ab nach Lissabon, Auto abgeben und dann zu einem hoch angepriesenen Burgen-Laden, dem A Cultura do Hambúrguer. Wir wurden nicht enttäuscht - ein freundlicher junger Kellner, mit dem man scherzen konnte, tolle Burger und super leckerer Nachtisch. Danach wolten wir noch mit dem Elevador de Sanata Justa einen Blick über die Stadt werfen. Entgegen der Infos von Google schließt der historische Aufzug im Februar schon 21 Uhr, so dass das leider ausfiel 😔. Sehr enttäuscht, aber auch witzelnd über unsere Trantutigkeit (wir sind jeden Tag mehrmals daran vorbei gelaufen und meinten, wir müssen das unbedingt noch machen) liefen wir durch die Gassen Lissabons nach Hause.Read more

  • Day22

    Sintra - Quinta da Regaleria

    June 26, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Goodbye Lisbon, welcome Sintra. Sintra is a very touristic city only 30 minutes by car from Lisbon. There are several villas, palacios and a castle to visit. We decided to visit the Quinta da Regaleira, a palacio with a huge wild garden and very cool grottos.

    Das war es schon wieder mit Lissabon. Als nächstes sind wir heute Morgen nach Sintra gefahren. Sintra ist nur circa 30 Minuten von Lissabon entfernt und hat mit diversen alten Villen, Palästen und einer Burg viel zu bieten. Da jede einzelne Sehenswürdigkeit zwischen 6 und 14 Euro Eintritt kostet haben wir (bzw. Janine) sich für den Palacio da Regaleira entschieden. Der Palacio an sich ist auch gar nicht mal so groß aber der Garten und die verschiedenen riesigen Grotten auf dem Gelände sind wirklich cool.Read more

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