Pena Palace (Sintra.part II)

It’s difficult to show your own country to a foreigner. Among the thousands of cool places you think you know in your hometown you have to chose just 2 or 3 to show to your friend that came from England. Last week was downtown Lisbon, today it was Sintra, of course.

Of course because Sintra is especial. Especial for everybody, especial for those who like to eat, for those who like monuments, for nature and greenpeace freaks, for people interested in witchcraft (yes, Sintra is Also associated with that), for those who like tea or simply for those who just want to take a walk.

During summer time, or not, it’s always a pleasent place where you easily forget you’re just 20min away from the capital.

Anywho, nothing like experiecing it, so please, visit it! (Although I’m writing a different post for every monument in Sintra, (oh, by the way, this one is about the Pena Palace) they are all worth it. Visit them all!!)

Pena, or feather, Palace, as you wish, is the biggest palace in Sintra and was the first romantic Palace in Europe. The palace was built in 1836 by D. Fernando Coburgo-Gota (later king of Portugal), married to Queen Maria II.

As you can see by the pictures, its architecture is a true delight ๐Ÿ™‚ย  a mix of: 1) neo-gothic, 2) neo-manueline, 3) islamic and 4) neo-renaissance. Oh, and it stands on rocks ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cool huh?

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Monserrate Palace

…and I thought I knew every monument in Sintra…

guess what? This one was missing (yes, I will visit all the others soon, and yes, I will make posts about them soon too!), mainly because it is very well hidden into the forest. Or perhaps, just because I always thougth it wasn’t worth it of my visit, but hey!, I visited it today!

Sir Francis Cook was the owner of the Palace, back in 1863. The 2nd floor of the Palace is closed and there’s not much stuff to see inside but it’s totally worth it because of its unique architecture. Why? Well, because it looks like the Palace of a Maharaja and that is not usual, especially when you’re talking about a Palace located in Sintra – Portugal.

I know nothing about architecture but it looks very Indian/Maharaja/Sahara like to me!! I love it!

The gardens are also very beautiful and you can see there the first garden to be planted in Portugal ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enjoy the pics

pics – 1st garden to show: the first garden in Portugal. See more

Medieval Fair at ร“bidos

Weeeeeeeeeeee ๐Ÿ™‚ The annual mediavel fair at ร“bidos, a tiny village that archeology dates back to 208BC, has arrived! In my opinion it is one the best medieval recriations that you can find in the country! And one of the biggest! ๐Ÿ™‚ I go there every year and it wasn’t an expection this year. Good as always, entertaining as always but above everything else, very very fun! After all, we all had to eat with wooden spoons (you know, knifes and forks wasn’t something that everybody had that time) or even with our own hands, like proper pigs! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a medieval fair, meaning: no napkins, no cokes, no pepsi, nothing! None of those fancy things we are used to nowadays.

Anyway, you can see the pics below ๐Ÿ™‚

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Irish culture in Portugal

Just a quick post about the so beautiful and interesting Irish culture. As you know, I’ve been in Ireland once and unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to see some tapdancing or anything typically Irish. Truth is, I’ve seen and experienced more Irish culture in Portugal than in Ireland, as weird as it might seem ๐Ÿ˜›

I’ve watched Lord of the Dance some years ago in Pavilhรฃo Atlรขntico and I’ve listened to some guys that usually play in an Irish bar near Cais do Sodrรฉ now and then, and yes, I really love it.

This month we had Celtic Legends stopping by Lisbon’s Casino to please the Portuguese folks one more time with the always mega entertaining Irish tapdance ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve watched the show in the front row (which was awesome) and god, it was worth it! Honestly I prefer LOTD a thousand times but this amazing group of artists was also very good and always very communicative with the audience. Had a great time ๐Ÿ™‚

Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures this time ’cause the bad guys didn’t let me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But you can still watch some clips I found in youtube ๐Ÿ˜› Enjoy!

P.S – I really hope I can see some kind of Irish music next time I stop in Ireland!

Inside the caves, no bats!

This was not the point of today’s trip. We drove around Portugal for 4 hours trying to find Serra d’aire but that turned out to be an impossible mission. You can imagine that 4 hours later we were (me and H.) very very fed up of all this driving and all we wanted was to go back.

However, we found this (Moeda Caves) and we could not not visit it ๐Ÿ˜‰ They’re pretty cool (it’s just rocks but who cares?) and they date back to, well, god knows when. Yes, yes it’s worth it and inside the caves you can listen to chill out music which turned out to be a very very good combination ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay tuned for the next trip, if we find the spot, of course.

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Stratford-upon-Avon

…and another place to visit if you’re into visiting special places, e.g., the place where Shakespeare wrote his books. Or maybe not… Historians don’t know anything about this gentleman but his date of birth and death. All the rest is pure speculation and theories came from an alien planet. Meaning: no history lessons this time ๐Ÿ˜›

Speculate!

Either way, let’s just pretend that the pictures below are in fact the place where he was born and where he lived… ๐Ÿ™‚ To tell the truth, I’m neither a Shakespeare nor a Camรตes fan. But as I usually say, still interesting though! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stratford-upon-Avon is my ultimate favourite city in England ๐Ÿ™‚ The river makes it beautiful and besides that the old buildings makes it magical. Oh, and the ice cream and hand made chocolate shops look reallyyyy great ๐Ÿ˜‰

Me, G. and H. had a great time there (although i got a horrifying cold) eating chocolates ๐Ÿ™‚ Not very good for your belly…

Enjoy!

P.S – Oh, and inside Holy Trinity Church you can find Shakespeare grave…although I’m not sure if its just the grave of someone called Shakespeare or if it is the grave of the poet who wrote Romeo and Juliet. Whatever… lol ๐Ÿ˜›

Pictures (from top to bottom): Shakespeare birthplace (you have to pay ยฃ9 to get in…what a nonsense); Shakespeare grave (ยฃ3, another nonsense); the river Avon and G. and H. See more