Quinta de Sao Thiago
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... by a french architect who was rubbish so Luigi Manini was employed and began work in 1901. It took 11 years to complete most of the work and the owner moved in officially in 1912 only to die less than 10 years later. I didn't say it was good history but thats what I learnt.
Anyway about the gardens, they were just incredible, there are lots of fountains, ponds, towers, wells and caves or grotto's. The grotto's were so ...
... br> We are staying at Lawrence's Hotel in Sintra - very old and famous. Somehow I managed to get a suite with a jacuzzi - which I put to good use.
My Portuguese is holding up pretty well - I will have some kind of good fluency by the end of the week I think.
The guides are awesome and we are having a blast.
... Tina went upstairs and reported that it was a lot calmer and saw a bunch of Chinese tourists amongst the ones seated. So, that leads me to think that the top floor is probably the tourist floor and the bottom being a Portuguese floor. Ordering was interesting. Our waiter and I had to find a way to understand each other. And there were some missteps. We wrote down what we wanted on the paper table cover and the quantity, and we pointed to the item on ...
... and saying goodbyes. Lidia (a good friend from UCF) came to visit and stayed at my little flat. We celebrated Easter together with Thomas by going to the St. Epvre Cathedral and had picnic at the Parc de la Pepiniere. Friday was the best day of exams - it was the last. Bee and I left on a 7am train to Strasbourg to make our flight to Porto at 11am.
We were briefly able to explore Porto. Word to the wise, every time you are traveling somewhere double check that ...
... places I’ve ever been, and the whole town sits at the foot of stunning wooded forests. If Porto had an edge of fantasy, Sintra is a Shrek style fantasy extravaganza, with turrets, vistas, sun dappled wood walks, and a deep sense of history. After a bit of a delay meeting up with cousin Claire (who lives in London), we were off exploring.
We started in town at the National Palace of Sintra, and while nice with its painted ceiling, and amazing halls, it was the ...