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Europe » Portugal » Sintra » Cabo da Roca November 4th 2018

A few more pictures of Evora. Evora was originally Celtic and brutally conquered by the Romans, then the Moors. Évora was wrested from the Moors through a surprise attack by Gerald the Fearless(Geraldo Sem Pavor) in September 1165. The attractive town square was the site of some rather gruesome episodes thanks the the enthusiasm of the Inquisition. The weather turned cold, windy and somewhat wet, still the Cathedrals dripping in stolen gold did not hold a lot of pleasure. But there was an exhibition of thousands of nativity scenes from around the world that ranged from glorious to absurd. In a little workshop, hidden in a far corner, down a winding cobbled alley we found the workshop of a very talented clay sculpture Sericaia pudding is a baked custard with a crunchy top and smothered in ... read more
sintra magic well 06
sintra tower 03
Evora Holy Family 01

Europe » Portugal » Sintra April 23rd 2018

Today we decided to take a trip to the storybook-esque town of Sintra, Portugal. We made it up the windy roads of Lisbon this morning to the train station, and found our way. The train from Lisbon to Sintra is about 45 minutes, and round trip for both of us cost about 10 Euro. Sintra has a variety of palaces, chateaus, and gardens. They also have a bus system that takes you from place to place throughout the city, because while these monuments are all in "Sintra," the walks in between can take well over an hour to get from one point to the next, and the roads are quite steep. The bus system, however, was not the most...prompt. While it saved us steps and sweat, we had a lot of standing/sitting time waiting for the ... read more
"Cody Smile!" - The Aftermath...
Chapel at Monserrate
Monserrate

Europe » Portugal » Sintra November 15th 2017

November 11&12th Sintra, Portugal On our last morning in Porto, Dawn and Lynda went down the street for a last minute shopping spree at a corner Portuguese handicraft shop when it opened at ten o'clock. Artisan jewelry and azulejos tiles! We were on our way south to Sintra by eleven. Anna, our host, recommended a stop at the coastal town of Nazare, a world renowned surfing spot, just two hours south of Porto. On the cliff above the amazing water views, we found a cafe that served Lynda and Barry's new favourite...deep fried cheese and cod cakes. Barry also bought Lynda a beautiful Portuguese sweater in a local family shop. Nazare is a picturesque town that hosts major surfing events during certain times of the year due to the gigantic waves. We rolled into Sintra around ... read more
Portuguese "joie de vivre"!
Nazare statue of surfer/deer from a fable about the cliffs above the surf
One end of the Nazare beach

Europe » Portugal » Sintra October 10th 2017

"Sintra is a resort town in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains, near the capital, Lisbon. A longtime royal sanctuary, its forested terrain is studded with pastel-colored villas and palaces. The Moorish- and Manueline-style Sintra National Palace is distinguished by dramatic twin chimneys and elaborate tilework. The hilltop 19th-century Pena National Palace is known for a whimsical design and sweeping views." We headed out early today (for us...9:00 am!) to Sintra, a 40 minute train ride away, and a UNESCO Heritage Site. The train was crowded, but we were early enough to get seats. The trip is not very interesting: just one giant blob of high rise apartment buildings after another with little green space. A bit of interesting history for all you Norwegians reading this: Sintra was under Islamic rule until July 1109 when url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henr ... read more
Pena National Palace
High-rise apartments everywhere
What was there before the apartment buildings..

Europe » Portugal » Sintra August 30th 2017

We decided on a day trip to Sintra - we had heard it was a beautiful city not too far from Lisbon, with castles, palaces mosaic tiles and other sites worth seeing.. We took the train from Lisbon and it was only a 40 min ride...Sintra is a pretty resort town nestled in the Sintra Mountains... It is set high in the hills and the views are stunning. the town is centred around the gothic national palace among narrow cobblestone streets... The area is known as an area for royalty and the elite to have homes and several mansions and palaces are a major attraction to the area. After wandering around a bit to get out bearings... we realized that two of the main sites were up in the mountains... there was a bus, for 5.5 ... read more
Castelo dos Mouros (tomb) - Sintra
Castelo dos Mouros - Sintra
Views of Sintra from the Castle

Europe » Portugal » Sintra June 16th 2016

Today it is off to Sintra from Lisbon. We took the metro to the Entre Campos station, we then saw lots of people heading towards us, we figured they must have come from the rail and were heading to the metro. We headed in the direction they were coming from and there was the train station. We did not have to leave the building. We purchased our ticket from the agent, he just added money to our metro card. The train comes every 15 minutes and takes about 35 minutes, Sinatra is the end of the line. When we reached Sintra we went out the door and turned right. You will see a bus stop for bus number 434. There was a line so it was hard to miss, across the street was a ticket machine ... read more
Moorish Castle
Palace of Sintra
Palace of Pena

Europe » Portugal » Sintra May 16th 2016

The city of Sintra is 18 miles northwest of Lisbon. It is inland and therefore has a sub-micro climate that can be entirely different from Lisbon. When we left Lisbon, it was a bright sunny day. Upon arriving in Sintra it was a cloudy cool day, still humid, but cool. The mountain top which is where the Moorish castle and the Pena Palace are located were actually fogged in. Pedro did advise that this is usually the case, but most days the fog will burn off so it was best to do the top of the mountain last. Sintra is on the slopes of the Serra de Sintra (Sintra Mountains) and has been inhabited in one form or the other since prehistoric times. The Moors were the first to build a castle and Sintra later became ... read more
The crowds of Sintra
Quinta da Regaleira
The Ultimate Cork Holder

Europe » Portugal » Sintra August 13th 2014

I had every intention of getting up early and heading to both Sintra (45 min. away by train) and Belem (20 min. away in a different direction) today, but I dawdled, and didn't get out until 10am. By the time I got some food, took out some money from an ATM (it took going to 3 different locations until I was able to get some cash!), bought a train ticket (in the very busy train station) and got to Sintra, it was noon. Another 20 min. waiting for a bus, and a long, slow ride up a big hill, and I was finally at the Castelo Mouros. Things do not move quickly in Portugal!!! Castelo Mouros (Moorish Castle) was built around the 10th century. Obviously it's been restored in parts, but it was neat to see ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Sintra July 18th 2013

For our 2nd day in Lisbon, we went to Sintra early morning. We talked about our plan to go there to our host and he kindly offered us to take us there in the morning, as he was only working in late afternoon on that day. This was great because he knew where to go and it was much quicker than bus!! For breakfast, we went to a pastry shop, which is famous in Sintra. We ate there a pastry called "travesseiros", which is made of sugar cane cream wrapped in pastry. I have to say that the 1st bite I thought ok that's really tasty but after some bites, it was really too "heavy" for me with all this sugar and butter. But, well, it was nice to taste it once. After breakfast, we walked ... read more
Castle in Sintra
Quinta da Regaleira
Quinta da Regaleira

Europe » Portugal » Sintra June 25th 2013

As promised much earlier we finally are getting the blog posting up from our side trip to Sintra when we were in Lisbon back in November 2012. Hard to believe it was that long ago, but in order to complete our journal for ourselves, we did want to be sure to include it- as they say, better late than never! For much of the summer Lisbon is a very hot and humid place. It was also the home of the Portuguese royal family. Then, just like now when the weather gets hot and unpleasant in the cities the rich find some place cool and pleasant to stay. In Lisbon that place was Sintra. It is only 35 km (22 miles) away from central Lisbon but there is a world of difference. Sintra is quite a bit ... read more
A Colorful Palace
Some Details of One of the Gates
Welcome Home?




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