Saturday, December 1, 2012

Some More Pictures from Sintra

Ed checking in again!

When Amelie posted the pictures the other night, she didn't know that my camera held another cache of occasionally decent shots!  So here's some more!

And by the way, I LOVED Lisbon (or Lisboa, or Lissabon, depending on waar u komt).  I'd love to go back and explore some more.  Or go to the Duoro or Porto regions of Portugal for some wine tasting.  It was a really walkable and pretty city, with lots of hills, and friendly people.  And the cheap food and wine didn't hurt either!

But I promised photos, so without further ado, here they are!

 First, some of the Castelo dos Mouros.  This castle was very well preserved, and best of all was covered in green!  It reminded me of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington:

Amelie's not looking too thrilled with the walk...

The Palácio Nacional de Pena in the background!

 Next, the Palacio Nacional de Pena.  This place was simply jaw-dropping.  The guidebook described the architecture as "eclectic".  That's an understatement:

Look at the Azulejo tiling.  It was all over Lisbon.

Happy snakes!

Plenty of things to take pictures of!

My dream kitchen.  Look at all the copper pots!
 We got some lunch at the surprisingly well-priced cafe in the palace.  Apparently beer is a soft drink in Portugal:

 Finally, some collected pictures from the grounds of the Palacio and parts of Sintra:

This cross was called Cruz Alta, for obvious reasons

The "other" palace in the background, because one isn't enough in a town of 5,000 people.

These tile mosaics were on a lot of houses in Sintra

I'd love to have something like this by my front door

 Hope you enjoyed!