Portraits of Portugal

For ten days one of my sisters and I had the opportunity to explore Portugal! We started off with one week of surfing, as Portugal is the perfect location for this sport. And with us being total beginners it was no surprise that after the first day we were covered with bruises and suffering a major muscle ache! However, that did not stop us from continuing and with all our efforts we managed to stand quite well on our surfboards by the end of the week.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to take many pictures of our time in the water, since we usually didn’t take a lot with us to the beach, and when we finally wanted to bring our camera we managed to forget it … However, one of our fellow surfing novices borrowed us his camera so we have at least proof that we really did gather some surfing experience.

Our afternoons were usually free and we spent them exploring some of the cities in the neighborhood. We usually hopped into our rented car and drove to Mafra, Sintra or Ericeira to gather some cultural knowledge. One day it was really foggy, but apart from that we mostly had perfect weather!

In Mafra, we visited the National Palace while in Ericeira we usually went to a bar called “Sunset Bamboo Bar” to use the free Internet it offered. And finally, Sintra was the city we visited most. We managed to make trips to the National Palace, an old mansion called “Quinta da Regaleira”, the Castelo dos Mouros and – my personal favorite – the Palace of Pena. I had wanted to see the last one after I had found pictures of it online before we started our trip and was really looking forward to going there – and I wasn’t disappointed.
Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside but you can at least take a look at the palace itself, it’s the colorful one with the beautiful architecture and nice details.

Left: Top - H&M
Jeans - Vf Outlet in Florida
Right: Top - from a store in Greece
Vest - ordererd somewhere, forgot where
Shorts - Dateless

After five days in our surf camp and a last excursion to Sintra on our sixth day we returned our car and made our way to Lisbon to explore the city on the coast of the Iberian Peninsula. First we took a ride on the old tramway “Electrico 28” – that’s just part of the tourist experience! – and visited the Castelo de Sao Jorge. During our next three days there we also visited the Jerónimos Monastery, the Monument to the Discoveries (Padrao dos Descobrimentos), the Tower of Belém, the Oceanarium, the Palacio dos Marqueses de Fronteira, the Convent of Carmo and some other monuments.

In the end, we felt as if we had seen nearly every part of Lisbon, which resulted in a loss of ideas on what to do on the afternoon of our last day, but fortunately the city offered a few more attractions, one of it being an exhibition celebrating fifty years of fashion Barbies. My favorite here was the puppet of Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf!

Our journey around the city was documented on lots of photographs and it was not easy to choose the best ones, but I hope you’re happy with my selection.
If any of you are planning to go to Portugal soon, I can only recommend to include a visit to Sintra, since it really offers a lot of things to see but is not as well-known as Lisbon.


1 comment:

  1. Sintra is a town that fascinated people as far back as Byron's time. If you are staying in Lisbon plan an extra day to make the journey. The fairy-tale beauty of the Palace of Pena and the surreal experience offered by the "Quinta da Regaleira" are well worth a visit. My secret tipp for Lisbon is the Palace Fronteira. Despite the fact that the former hunting lodge of the Marqueses of Fronteira lies a little out of the way and that admission times are limited, you will be well rewarded for going the extra mile!