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  • Feb27

    The Pena (Feather) Palace

    February 27, 2019 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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  • Day28

    Final sites and tastes of Sintra

    October 1, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    After Cabo da Roca, we headed off for some peace and tranquility, and a drive through the forest. Nadia took us through Peninha, Sintra’s Natural Park, which was a real change from Cabo da Roca, as we hardly saw any cars or people as we drove through. As we were leaving the park, we had a quick stop to take some group photos with the Palácio Nacional da Pena - which is a wacky and colourful palace - in the background.

    Our last stop before returning to Lisbon was at Casa Do Preto, to experience a Sintra-specific pastry called Travesseiro de Sintra, which was made by the nuns, and consists of flaky pastry with a combination of eggs, sugar, almond and cream, and is best served warm. It is probably my favourite pastry, even more so that the Pastel de Nata, which are also delicious.
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  • Day2

    Sintra

    July 23, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Heute morgen haben wir es ruhig angehen lassen. Erstmal den Pool ausnutzen (Lotta war es allerdings viel zu kalt) 🥶 und den Camper packen. Gegen Mittag sind wir Richtung Sintra gestartet. Dort war es wie erwartet sehr touristisch und wir haben mit dem Camper leider keinen Parkplatz gefunden. Also bleibt es bei einem schönen Foto von weitem. 🙂 Der weg dort hin hat sich allerdings mehr als gelohnt. Wir sind durch den Serra de Sintra gefahren, der voll von Eukalyptuswäldern und schöner Natur ist. Wir waren sehr überrascht. Nach unserem ersten Fischmenü in einem niedlichen Restaurant in Sintra ging es weiter zum Campingplatz in Lissabon. 🏕Read more

  • Day8

    Palacio da Pena

    July 24, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Uli drängt auf frühes Aufstehen. Ich suche täglich die Balance zwischen müden Teenagern und dem drängenden Frühaufsteher, nicht immer leicht. Auch wenn Ulis Zeitmanagement meist stimmt, kann ich den Anspruch auf Ferien und Chilltime der Kinder sehr gut verstehen. Heute sind wir tatsächlich viel zu spät. Wir versuchen Palacio de Pena zu erfahren, und geraten schon 5km vor Eingang des Schlosses in einen Stau, an einen Parkplatz nicht zu denken. Da wohlweislich das Strandgepäck im Auto bereit liegt, verbringen wir den Nachmittag an meinem Wunschnaturpool, zur Beruhigung der Gemüter. Der Nachmittag mit Sonne, Sand, Meer und Sangria chillt dahin, und hoch motiviert tritt Uli um 17.30 Uhr zum zweiten Anlauf nach Pena an. Vincent wird zum Museumsverweigerer! "Nein Mum, ich möchte nicht zu Pena, Pena, Pena!"
    In kleiner Besetzung erfahren wir heute zum wiederholten mal den Berg, perfekte Zeit, ohne Stau und langes Warten am Eingang. Carlotta in größter Begeisterung beklagt sich wie schon im letzten Jahr über die fehlende Anzahl zu besichtigenden Zimmer - Schlossfieber nennt man das wohl!

    Zitat Amon:
    "Vince, ich finde, du hast Recht, also ich glaub Lara;-) "
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  • Day4

    Trip to Sintra - Part One

    April 16, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Vorweg, auch wenn ich heute fix und alle war, wir hatten einen großartigen Tag.
    Unsere Strategie für heute war, früh aufstehen, um vor allen anderen Touri's am Ziel zu sein. Hat auch fast funktioniert, aber nur fast...
    Wir wollen heute nach Sintra. Liegt ca. 25 km westlich von Lissabon und ist vor allem bekannt durch seine alten Schlösser, Paläste und Burgen.
    Unser Zug ging um 08:15 Uhr und haben wir gestern mit dem Tickets zu den Öffi's in Lissabon gekämpft, waren es heute die der Regionalbahn. Mit einem etwas mulmigen Gefühl, doch nicht alles richtig gemacht zu haben, das Ticket kostete auch nur 2,20€, saßen wir dann in einem relativ leeren Zug Richtung Sintra. Als der Schaffner dann mit unseren Tickets zufrieden war, waren auch wir entspannter.
    In Sintra angekommen, haben wir das Gefühl gehabt, alles richtig gemacht zu haben, der Ort war gegen 9:00 Uhr noch fast menschenleer.
    Unser erstes Ziel, der Palácio Nacional da Pena, auch als Märchenschloss bezeichnet, bunt und in unterschiedlichen Baustilen errichtet, liegt er auf einem Höhenzug ca.530 m über Sintra. Wir wollten den Weg dorthin zu Fuß bewältigen. 2,8 km und 530 Höhenmeter und nicht zu vergessen, wir wollten ja vor allen anderen oben sein. Nur haben wir nicht mit der Bequemlichkeit der anderen gerechnet...
    Uns kamen ständig Busse, Taxi's und Tuktuk's von oben entgegen, leer. Die "Faulen" haben sich alle hoch kutschieren lassen bzw. sind selbst gefahren. Parkplätze sind dort oben allerdings sehr knapp.
    Als wir gegen 10:30 Uhr das Ziel erreicht hatten, war da schon richtig was los. Selbst die letzten Meter, kannst du dich noch bis vor das Tor kutschieren lassen. Für ein gewisses Entgelt natürlich.
    Der Weg dort hoch war schon anstrengend, aber auch schön, zum Teil durch Wald und alte Burgruinen. Wer halbwegs fit ist, dem sei das empfohlen.
    Das Schloss da oben ist einfach toll, gerade im Sonnenlicht, viele verspielte Details, kräftige Farben, perfekter Weitblick bis zum Meer. Wir haben das Außengelände nach allen Seiten erkundet, auch wenn meine Höhenangst dabei zu Julia's Belustigung beigetragen hat. Die Besichtigung der Innenräume haben wir uns gespart, das Wetter ist einfach zu toll, um sich verstaubtes Mobiliar anzuschauen.
    Den Rückweg haben wir auch wieder zu Fuß bewältigt, da unser nächstes Ziel direkt im historischen Zentrum von Sintra lag, mussten wir wieder runter vom Berg....
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  • 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

  • Day20

    Palace of Pena, Sintra

    May 21, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Our destination today was the summer royal Palace of Pena, built on the site of the former Convent of Our Lady of Pena in the mid 1800s. We drove up and up, and once parked, we walked up and up some more. It is at the top of a mountain, to catch the cooling Atlantic breezes, as it gets hot in Lisbon in the summer, around 105 degrees at the most. The castle is 19th century Portuguese Romanticism style. Even though we had bought tickets in advance to avoid the line to buy them, we still had to stand in line to get into the palace. It was worth it: jaw dropping!Read more

  • Day4

    A Day in Sintra

    April 21, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Update coming soon :).

    Got a bit of a late start after last night but made it down to the train station and using our preloaded Viagem zap tickets, we hopped the 9:41 train ro Sintra. Mostly boring landscape on the 30 minute ride. Once off the train, we bought 5,50€ r/t tickets to take a loop around to the major attractions. Decided to start at Pena Palace at the top which is the major attraction. Spent over 5 hours exploring. Very cool Palace and the grounds are even more amazing. http://www.sintra-portugal.com/Attractions/palacio-pena-palace-sintra.htmlRead more

  • Day33

    Day 33: Sintra

    March 20, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Time for another UNESCO World Heritage site! Today was the day for Sintra, about 40 minutes north-west of Lisbon, and the site of several palaces built by Portuguese kings in the 19th century. We hit the road around 10, and getting there was a bit of a mission! Google was a little vague on where exactly to head, and we knew from prior research that parking was in desperately short the supply. The little tourist village has basically no parking, and you're better off parking in nearby towns and either walking or catching a tourist bus.

    In the end, thanks to some roadworks and vague google directions, we ending up parking a couple of kilometres away and walking uphill to the main site. It's quite a large complex, and the entire area is inscribed on the UNESCO list as the "Sintra Cultural Landscape". But they're all fairly spread out, and ticketed separately of course, and I'm sure they're all nice in their own way. But with a 19th century palace, an 8th century Moorish castle, plus a couple of other country estates to see, we opted for the best known and most iconic one - not to mention we've seen plenty of Moorish castles already with more to come!

    So we rocked up to the Palacio da Pena at around 10:30, bought our tickets and puffed our way further up the hill, having already walked uphill for 30+ minutes! This is the main palace here, and was built in the mid-19th century by a Portuguese king who wanted to recreate the storybook castles of his childhood. It's considered one of the finest examples of Romantic art anywhere in the world, and looking at it you can see why!

    It's brightly coloured, and strongly incorporates elements of Islamic, Gothic, and Renaissance art into the design, as well as having a real "storybook castle" feel to it. The palace was built as a summer palace for the royal family to escape from the pressures of Lisbon, and its position on a rocky outcrop hundreds of metres above the distant city really adds to the feel. Particularly on days like today where the wind howls in and tosses you around.

    We spent quite a while wandering around the outside, marvelling at the details in the finishing and the way various elements fit together. There's also a wall walk which goes around the exterior of the castle - nothing extreme but given the high wind it was quite exciting!

    Next up we headed inside, where many of the rooms were kept in great condition and furnished as they were in the time of the last Portuguese sovereigns. Queen Amelia was the last before fleeing into exile in 1910's Republican Revolution, so much of the furnishing was from the early 20th century. A very early telephone, for example, plus clawfoot bathtubs, ornate glasses in the smoking room, fancy crockery and cutlery etc.

    It was quite interesting, but certainly nowhere near as visually arresting as the exterior with its bright colours and bold lines. Wanting to stay out of the cold (it was a grey and overcast day in addition to being windy), we ate a late lunch in the restaurant - Shandos had duck with rice and I had a tuna lasagna. Not too bad but a bit overpriced I guess. That said, food generally is more expensive here in Portugal than in Spain. Everywhere in Spain you could find cheaper tapas for 1-2 euros, whereas here in Portugal it's rare to get even a tart or pastry for a euro!

    Palacio da Pena is surrounded by a large park and wooded area where the royals would walk, ride and hunt, all of which is still preserved by the government, so we set off for some more walking. It was quite nice, though a little underwhelming perhaps - the weather didn't help. On the brighter side, today is officially the first day of Spring so things will seem a little less dreary.

    Still some highlights in the gardens though, including a fernhouse, lakes with ducks, and a great viewpoint on a rocky outcrop with a perfect view of the castle. We managed to get separated as Shandos powered up a hill and I puffed my way up - at the end I went left and she went right, and it took about 20 minutes before we were reunited! If only I'd had a map as well.

    Having exhausted the castle and the gardens, and it was now mid-afternoon, we tramped back down the hills to the car - much easier going this time! We drove back to the main town of Sintra to see what we could see, but it was only brief glimpses of the other palaces and castles, and an awful lot of tourists. We felt we'd made the right decision by skipping.

    Last stop for the day was a minor but notable landmark - the most westerly point in Europe! There wasn't much there other than howling wind, tourists and an obelisk mentioning the fact, plus of course a cafe and souvenir shop. We had a hot drink to warm up in the cafe, entertained briefly by an army helicopter zooming past, followed a short time later by a small warship, likely a destroyer.

    Back to Lisbon we went, in a fairly uneventful drive. More tolls on the freeway though, very annoying! Seems like the government funds roads here via tolls, since I don't think we've ever had to pay for parking since arriving in Portugal. Shandos jumped out at the nearby supermarket and picked up some supplies for dinner - roast chicken and fresh bread, plus another couple of days breakfasts. Another quiet night in watching daily footage and Match of the Day!
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