Sintra – West of Lisbon – post by Susan Noeller

This is a picturesque Portuguese town just west of Lisbon.  Cooler climate there compared to Lisbon allowing amazing gardens as well as Palace’s and Castles to see!

A few photos – the First is Quinta da Regaleira ornate gothic façade, but the real attraction is to the rear with the enchanting gardens and secret tunnels..

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Pena Palace -flamboyant palace, that was commissioned by an artistic king who wished the building to represent that of an opera.  Each section of the palace is in vivid colors and amazing stone work.  REALLY a treat to see this!

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