Travel

Lisboa – Day 4

Palácio da Pena
Palácio da Pena

Continuing my exploration of the region, we headed to Sintra for the penultimate day of my visit. This small town is host to a few palaces, most notably Palácio da Pena. The street was lined with other tourists parking their cars that we just made it into the last space in the last parking lot and had to make our way up to the castle on foot. It wasn’t too bad and we were able to walk through a nice garden on the way.

Me in front of the entry gate
Me in front of the entry gate

The palace was as picturesque as a storybook. It was very colorful and ornate all throughout. No details missed.

It's like being in a colorful fairy tale
It’s like being in a colorful fairy tale
There were turrets that we could climb into for pictures
There were turrets that we could climb into for pictures
So we took full advantage
So we took full advantage
Doesn't this remind you of Pan's Labyrinth?
Doesn’t this remind you of Pan’s Labyrinth?
So colorful! LS fit right in!
So colorful! LS fit right in!
Doorway to nowhere
Doorway to nowhere
Very ornate. I want this on my house.
Very ornate. I want this on my house.
Now that's a safe!
Now that’s a safe!
Beautiful vaulted ceilings throughout
Beautiful vaulted ceilings throughout
Interesting and increasingly ornate artwork and sculptures everywhere
Interesting and increasingly ornate artwork and sculptures everywhere
The three of us at the end of the self-guided tour
The three of us at the end of the self-guided tour

We were able to get a nice group shot at the end from a kind stranger. Great palace! Next stop for the city center for some grub and a look around. In one shop we can across this artwork about Fado. Very poignant from the night before.

Great sign in the city center
Great sign in the city center
You can see the fort at the top of the mountain from down here
You can see the fort at the top of the mountain from down here

The town was beautiful and the bit as colorful at the palace we just visited.

Ginjinha - so delicious!
Ginjinha – so delicious!

We finished our visit to Sintra by trying ginjinha – a chocolate cup filled with cherry liquor. Mmmmm! So delicious and worth a try. I’m glad I got to experience so many local things with my lovely friend JoM!

 

 

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