Oh, hi. It has been a while since I’ve blogged here. In the last few months, I moved apartments, worked like crazy, and saved up for an impromptu Europe trip (which meant a lot of eating lentils and watching Seinfeld in my apartment…not too exciting to write about).
During a hectic time in the office, I decided I wanted to go rogue for Thanksgiving. I booked a cheap flight to Portugal and counted down the days. Here are some highlights of the trip. First up: Sintra.
We spent the first few days of the trip in Sintra. I’m so pleased we did, as it is one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen. Just an hour outside of Lisbon, it is a beautiful town with hills, palaces, trees and waterfalls. My favorite site in Sintra was Quinta da Regaliera. You could spend hours exploring the grounds, which are full of secret tunnels, passageways and hideouts.
In the picture below, you can see the dark entrance to a passageway. Once you descend down winding stone steps, you end up in an underground lake. From there you can venture to an inverted tower 10 stories below ground. Making our way through the series of tunnels was eerie and exhilarating.
During our stay in Sintra, we also hiked to the top of the city to see the old Moorish castle. Walking up winding, narrow streets and looking at old houses was just as fun as exploring the castle itself.
From the Moorish Castle, we trekked over to the Pena National Palace. I could not get enough of the bright colors and tiles. Even on a grey afternoon, the palace was vibrant.
From Pena Palace, we made our back to the town center and passed many more beautiful, old buildings.
While walking around, we came across several elaborate water fountains. We saw locals drive up to the fountains, park their cars and fill up dozens of water bottles.
In Sintra, we stayed in a little cottage that we found on AirBnb. If you go, stay here. I can not recommend it enough.