Sintra in Snapshots

D-Man takes a snapshot of our reflections before we head to Sintra, a small village near Lisbon.

 

Palácio da Pena, a perfect example of 19th century Romanticism.


 

Palácio da Pena adopted several architectural styles: Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Islamic, and Neo-Renaissance.

 

View of Castelo dos Mouros, overlooking Sintra. The castle is of Moorish origin and was built in the 9th century, but has shown an influence of Romanticism since its renovation in 1830.

 

‘Palácio da Pena’ means Palace of the Rocky Summit.

 

Looking down from one of the palace archways: a Neo-gothic sea creature, and what I look like before my morning cup o’ joe.

 

Quinta da Regaleira, known as Sintra’s haunted mansion. Built in the Neo-gothic and Neo-Manueline styles, it’s filled with gargoyles, shadowy gardens, a deep spiraling well, and symbolic allusions to alchemy, Masonic templars, and Portuguese myths.

 

A broth made with potatoes, onions, kale, garlic, salt, and olive oil. Caldo verde is a national and traditional favorite in Portuguese cuisine. It’s eaten before a main meal, as a snack between meals, at Portuguese celebrations, and yup, it’s even a great late-night drunk food.

 

 

What’s been your favorite summer snapshot location this year?

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16 thoughts on “Sintra in Snapshots

  1. Love love the photos!! The caldo verde looks delicious! Wait, is summer over already? A few weeks ago in the Cameron Highlands looking out at all the tea leaves growing in every direction- that was pretty frickin sweet. Although in this heat I feel like its always going to be summer for me from now on!

    • Summer is almost, almost over! Last night was chilly here, I had to use a thin blanket for the first time this whole Summer. But who knows, there might be an unexpected, last-minute hoorah of a heatwave before Autumn settles in.
      Were you recently in Malaysia?! – Awesome!! I would love to see a photo of all the tea leaves from the Highlands. :)

  2. The architecture in the Palácio da Pena and the Quinta da Regaleira looks so spectacular that it almost looks fake or animated! Looks like you guys had a wonderful day in Sintra :)

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