Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal is a wonderful day trip from Lisbon. In less than an hour by train, you can step back in time and feast your eyes upon a splendid castle that dates back to the 8th century! The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the view of the surrounding town from within the fortress walls is…so European!
The Pena Palace was built in the 1840′s and even has a drawbridge. I took this zoom photo of the Palace from the Castle and then we walked to it.
Here is the view as you’re approaching…
Whenever I’m exploring something or somewhere new, I get a rush from the anticipation and literally have to hold myself back from running to it! It’s a photographer’s dream!
The Pena Park surrounds the area (Palace and Castle). We hiked through a small section of it and would have seen more, but it wasn’t clearly marked and we got lost a few times.
Upon arriving back in Lisbon, we boarded our overnight train to Madrid and upon arrival in the morning…immediately boarded a three hour train to Barcelona, Spain!
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I absolutely love Lisbon, Portugal! It’s smaller, less crowded and more quaint and the pastel colored homes are darling!
During my visit back in 2010, I spotted a man taking this (half) mannequin into a building…what perfect timing!
I wonder what stories this gentleman could tell us?
One of the reasons I want to travel a lot before I retire is that I can easily walk for miles and find treasures like this tucked away on side streets!
While having lunch at a sidewalk cafe, this young man with an accordion began playing for the guests…so of course I had to dance!
My traveling companion and I met a group of people next to us and as you can see…we hit it off! I forget what we were laughing about…but it makes me laugh again!
I can’t resist taking photographs of animals…
or trees with pretty purple leaves…
and especially young couples in love!
Tomorrow join me in the stunning Sintra, Portugal!
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