Posts Tagged ‘sintra’

Regaleira

I’ve been there and done that.

Well, i did all of that now that I put my Indiana Jones hat on and lit a torch to enter the caves of Regaleira. I tried several times before with my phone’s light but it didn’t quite work. This time it did, but I got way too scared when I had to decide right or left at the end of the cave…1000 dollars answer? None of those, GO BACK! And so we did, me and Mariana 🙂

There’s not much to say about this place in Sintra (outskirts of Lisbon) ’cause I feel like I’ve visited it a 1000 times. Yes, there’s a lot to know about it but it’s just too complicated. Ok, I’ll try a sumary: masonry, occult, masonry.

Done! 😀

Anywho, go there if you ever have the chance but PLEASE don’t ignore its history and don’t think of it as just another monument because it’s not just another one. It’s THE monument.

Pics below 😀

Pictures: top to bottom – Palace, caves, initiation well, entrance to the caves (no, it’s not grass – water :P)

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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 🙂  a mix of: 1) neo-gothic, 2) neo-manueline, 3) islamic and 4) neo-renaissance. Oh, and it stands on rocks 😉

Cool huh?

2nd picture – oui, it’s a fancy window 😉 See more

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 😉

Enjoy the pics

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

Chapter 1. Peter and the stick

This was geocaching on it’s best! No, we didn’t find a lot of caches but we did find a lot of torture indeed! Up and down the Sintra Mountain (the english think it’s a mountain, I don’t care!) like maniacs looking for something we are not sure what yet.

Anyway, it was a lovely day in which we found out a whole lot of things about eachother. For example, we found P. has much more power when he holds a stick! He would enter caves, climb mountains and dive into dirty lakes…all in the name of geocaching! E esta hein? If only G. had seen this! I also found out that V. addiction to geocaching is a lie. Yes, indeed. She doesn’t want to find things, she wants to roll down the mountain! Six feet under mud! As to myself, the only thing I care about is old houses and Remax. Finally, Hugo has a GPS connected to a fucking broken satellite, which makes you turn left when you’re supposed to turn right!

Oh well, well…it was great!! And yes, we missed you G.! I wish you were there with your high heels climbing the trees for nuts. Maybe next time we can all go to the Fallen Valley and do some geocaching.

Pictures (from top to bottom): Peter and the stick; Snack at Periquita

P.S – it’s a paularoid!

Sintra

Definitly my favourite spot in Portugal, if not the only one. I already have so many memories in that place that I can’t even remember them all. In a nutshell, there’s no better place than this to take a walk in the sun or in the rain, drink a cup of tea and be with your friends. If you are a fan of Satan or witchcraft, this is the place for you too!! 😛

Pictures (from top to bottom)

Quinta da Regaleira; Masonry Well; Palácio da Pena; Vila de Sintra