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Day 3: Sintra to the Coast
1436. A Magical Clifftop Moment (Por 030)
Sintra, January 4, 2013, Day 178
8 hrs, 8.0 kms
There are scores of suburbs all around Lisbon and I'm not planning on doing a thorough hike through everyone like I'm doing around Paris. So I'm doing research to make sure I hit the most interesting ones. At the top of the list is Sintra, near the Atlantic coast which boasts of having one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. I figure I ...
... heirs, so he built them a palace and they became the future kings. This palace is now the Spanish embassy.
We now visit King Edward V11 park. It is overlooking part of Lisboa right through to the Tajo river. A statute there depicts the destruction in 1755 earthquake (and sbbsequent Tsunami) and the rebuilding of the city. An interesting piece of artwork.
Romans, Celts, venetians and Moors have all conquered the city and left their mark behind.
The king ...
... was only half full, so I had plenty of room to spread out. After dinner, it was time to sleep. Noise-canceling headphones are such a wonderful invention, they really muffle engine and cabin noise, and combined with a sleep mask, it is possible to sleep. Even though we were late in departing Baltimore we arrived in London more than 30 minutes early, so had to wait on the tarmac for our gate to clear. ...
... I found a host on a last minute couch surfing group and he was really, really amazing, had hosted over 100 people before me. He was working most of the time so I went on a guided tour of Barra Alto etc. I can't say I know much more about lisbon except that I love their music (Fado) and pastries (Pastel de Nata), but maybe thats all you need to know. :) I also went to a wonderful, wonderful couch surfing meeting there, where I met people from all around the ...
... Azulejo (hand-painted wall tiles) Museum.
National Azulejo Museum
The Museu Nacional do Azulejo has the largest collection of Azulejo tiles ...